… Mr. Murdoch is an apologist for the Chinese regime. The only qualification is that a government, or a politician must be ready to go along with his business requirements.
As a close Murdoch-watcher told me yesterday: 'What the Murdochs have specialized in is trading newspaper support to governments in return for regulatory favors in nonprint media and business generally. While others may do this from time to time, they do it all the time, and without intermission.'
What does one make of the Murdoch position on China? In my view, it is a form of corporate prostitution, something quite different from ideological blindness or agnosticism. …
There's a lot to admire about Rupert Murdoch. His entrepreneurial genius. His willingness to compete and prevail. The Simpsons. But at the risk of sounding like a goofus from the Committee of Concerned Journalists, let me say it straight: He isn't the right owner for Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal. The Pulitzer examples listed above demonstrate that the Journal practices a kind of journalism that just isn't in Murdoch's wheelhouse, something that should be obvious to him. The Journal succeeds as a business property because readers trust it, and somebody as innately treacherous as Murdoch can be relied on only to destroy the thing he loves.
Will Varadarajan be the first out the door? Send me your candidates for early departure: firstname.lastname@example.org. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise. Permanent disclosure: Slate is owned by the Washington Post Co.)