His master’s voice: thoughts of Rupert’s deputy. It’s always a thrill to witness those moments when true history is made. This morning, the mantle of Undisputed Heavyweight Brown-Nose Champion of News Limited passed from long-serving Murdoch business writer Terry McCrann to his young challenger, Geoff Elliott. Elliott, the business editor of The Australian, claimed the title in a unanimous points decision with today’s fawning piece on his boss, News Corp No.2 Chase Carey, which ran as the lead feature in The Deal, the monthly insert mag edited by Lyndall Crisp.
It seems Elliott was quite impressed with this $30 million-per-year New Yorker with the silly twirled ends on his handlebar moustache. “His gaze is firm. There is no hesitation,” drooled The Oz business hack and former Washington correspondent. Carey is “direct and clear-minded” and has been an “outstanding success” with “undisputed talent as an executive”. He’s “likable and apparently without fear”.