The Wall Street Journal’s latest defense of Sir Rupert comes awfully close to parody (via):
Several years ago I was quite literally cornered by Rupert Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff at a New York cocktail party. What, he demanded to know, had Mr. Murdoch asked of me in terms of slanting the newspaper’s political coverage. “Well,” I replied, “All things equal he prefers shorter articles to longer ones.” Nothing else, Mr. Wolff pressed. Nope, no content direction, I said. “You must not be very important then,” said Mr. Wolff.
I’ve chuckled about that episode many times. Sometimes over drinks, more often over a cup of coffee in the early morning as I plot how to fill two pages of the primest real estate in all journalism. If Rupert Murdoch has a thought-out plan to influence politics and the op-ed editor of The Wall Street Journal doesn’t know about it, it must be a very subtle plan indeed.[….]
If you want an example of editorial independence at News Corp., look at how often “The Simpsons” mock their broadcasters at Fox.
Translation: I’m a big important guy and therefore the company I work for is good.