If you think the New York Post was mean to slain slumlord Menachem Stark when it ran a story with the front page headline, “Who didn’t want him dead?” check out the conduct of other newspapers owned by tabloid mogul, Rupert Murdoch. The Economist describes Murdoch as “inventing the modern tabloid”, as he developed a pattern for his newspapers, increasing sports and scandal coverage and adopting eye-catching headlines.”
Besides being a vulgar sensationalist, Murdoch is notorious for his exploitation of victimized families, most famously the family of murdered English schoolgirl, Milly Dowler as carried out by his UK tabloid, the News of the World.
Police had found evidence suggesting that the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire collected personal information about the family of the missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler, following her disappearance in March 2002 and the subsequent discovery of her murdered body six months later. According to the paper, journalists working for the News of the World had hired private investigators to hack into Dowler’s voicemail inbox while she was still missing. It was alleged that they had deleted some messages, giving false hope to police and to Dowler’s family who thought that she might have deleted the messages herself and therefore might still be alive, and potentially destroying valuable evidence about her abduction and murderer Levi Bellfield, who was convicted of Milly’s murder and jailed for life in June 2011 – he had already been convicted of two murders and an attempted murder which all took place after Milly’s disappearance and the discovery of her body.
The entire world knows that Murdoch is a nasty piece of work. Thinly veiled hostile portrayals of Murdoch have showed up in TV and movies. According to his Wikipedia entry:
At the end of the day, the ultra orthodox Jewish outrage about the headline “Who didn’t want him dead” is misplaced. If they really care about tabloids which are insensitive to the public they should regularly protest, regardless of who he targets. Moreover, Murdoch was attacked for anti-Semitism when he tweeted ““Why is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?” However, the mainstream Jewish establishment gave him a pass and continued to honor him because he is usually pro-Israel. He has been honored and given high-profile awards by the ADL, the Simon Wiesnthal Center, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, retired British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, and Aish Hatorah.
According to Eric Alterman, in the Nation:
It’s worth remembering that Murdoch’s employees at Fox News have been known to engage in some hateful Jewish stereotyping as well. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly once told a Jewish caller to “go to Israel” if he found himself offended by public Christmas displays. Glenn Beck, while a Fox employee, slandered George Soros as America’s “puppet master,” an old anti-Semitic canard, and even displayed the image of a Star of David while doing so.
Complaints about the allegedly Jewish-owned media are supposed to spur organizations like Abe Foxman’s Anti-Defamation League into action. But Murdoch is not only a powerful right-wing publisher; he is also a billionaire who funds quite a few of the right-wing Jewish publications and organizations he does not own, picking up awards (and apologists) from them like lint on a cheap suit. I didn’t make it to the ADL International Leadership Award dinner honoring Murdoch, or the Simon Wiesenthal Humanitarian dinner, the Museum of Jewish Heritage Award dinner, the American Jewish Committee National Human Relations Award dinner, etc., though I did once attend a United Jewish Appeal-Federation “Humanitarian of the Year” ceremony for the guy.
Looking at the big picture, it is clear that Rupert Murdoch, and by extension, the New York Post, one of his many tabloids, is totally OK to most Jewish leaders, except when his nasty traits happens to land on their head. In short, the outrage is hypocrisy.