“With a conspiracy-heavy culture there is no greater cult beloved of media polemicists and populist politicians than the spectre of Rupert Murdoch on the phone rapping out orders to hapless editors about his targets for the next day’s front page ... this notion persists in a form of myth as reality.”
-- Paul Kelly, editor-at-large, The Australian
Beecher: the myth of Murdoch’s power
In the third part of a five-part series, Private Media's publisher says of course Rupert Murdoch does not sit there barking out orders to his editors about what he wants to see in the paper. He does not have to.