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Oct 23, 2017

Mayne: Murdoch’s support of James Packer reaches peak saturation

The Weekend Australian dedicated 8800 words to the Crown exec, arguably the greatest broadside of Packer content since Kerry Packer's death in 2005

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

Wow! Talk about a contrast. On Wednesday, James Packer’s Crown Resorts was at its taciturn best issuing this brief ASX statement in response to independent MP Andrew Wilkie’s whistleblower stink bomb dropped in Federal Parliament.

Then, four days later, the Murdoch press delivers arguably its most Packer-heavy publication since Kerry Packer’s death in 2005 with more than 8000 words published in The Weekend Australian, all driven by an exclusive interview with the billionaire by its Victorian editor Damon Kitney.

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4 thoughts on “Mayne: Murdoch’s support of James Packer reaches peak saturation

  1. old greybearded one

    Well, if the damned fool hangs around with the Trumpistas…..

  2. rumtytum

    “two highest business priorities going forward.” What are his two highest business priorities going backward?

  3. zut alors

    We observe what struggles against the system an honest man must suffer while trying to save people from themselves. Wilkie has integrity & determination, he fights a David vs Goliath battle.

    One suspects there are so many backhanders & payoffs within the gambling licensing industry that good will never overcome evil.

  4. Annalise Lampe

    Packer laments he was let down by former senior executives and chairman last year when several Crown executives were arrested in China. He says he wasn’t on the board then. No he wasn’t because he had stepped down of his own accord early last year, before the arrests. His choice. Did he have an inkling that something might blow up after Crown illegally and actively recruited gambling whales in China, and therefore made sure he was off the board if a blow up occurred and therefore could not be around to answer any questions or be in any way responsible as a director? I think he was living in Israel at the time nobbing with the Israeli prime minister. And last week when allegations were made about Crown employees fixing poker machines to enable faster and higher bets, Packer is conveniently again a long way away from Australia and therefore not around to have pesky questions flung at him. How clever is he? What a self serving article aimed at eliciting compassion for a lost Packer that was in last weekend’s Australian.

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