I’ve just reviewed Michael Wolff’s new book about Rupert Murdoch, The man who owns the news, for The Listener.
The full version is in this week’s (31 Jan-6 Feb) print edition, it will be available online from 14 February.
Here’s a preview:
Rupert Murdoch occupies The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch like a ghost inhabits a graveyard. There’s a chill wind, an earthy odour, a whistling that sounds almost human; but there’s little of the corporeal substance of a real, warm, live body.
You get the sense this is how Murdoch likes it. Always a loner, and determinedly shy as a younger man, he is intensely private, even though his life has been front-page news for half a century. In this rendering, by senior Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Wolff, the mogul’s obvious influence and immense power are evident, but the man, Rupert, seems to shimmer and vanish. He does inhabit a secret world.
The book is pegged on Murdoch’s 2007-08 successful campaign to win control of the Wall Street Journal.
So this interview with Wolff on the Wall Street Journal’s Youtube channel is a curious artifact.