Saturday, July 13, 2024

Where In the World Is Rupert Murdoch? Vanished from Twitter, Public Sightings


Where in the world is Rupert Murdoch? The 82 year old media magnate has been radio silent recently. He’s also been no-profile. It’s not like him.

Murdoch is a proficient Twitter-er. Until last December 22nd, he usually spat out a Tweet once or twice a day. On that day, he sent out two messages. And then, nothing. Until January 24th, almost three weeks ago.
He wrote:


And that was it. Murdoch has not Tweeted since, or commented on the State of the Union speech or anything else to do with the government– either here or in Australia. Is he suffering from Twitter fatigue? You’d think he’d have something to say about Bill O’Reilly’s pre Super Bowl interview with President Obama, for example. Or about Sochi. Or Woody and Mia. Or “12 Years A Slave,” his company’s Oscar contender.

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Curiously, there have been no signs of him in person for a while either. Both WireImage and Getty Images, the main photo agencies, show no pictures of him in public taken since mid November. Murdoch is now Howard Hughes. He’s usually seen somewhere–New York, London, Los Angeles, Sydney.

Murdoch has been off the grid back at Fox, too. His assistant, Natalie Raditz, usually posts pictures of him that either she takes or someone in the office shoots. But between December 22nd and February 2nd, there was nothing. She’s put up five photos since last Sunday including two from the Super Bowl. They’re from inside MetLife Stadium and one is with son James. There are none of Murdoch with anyone else, or shot by anyone on the outside.

Of course, Murdoch has had a couple of blows recently besides those financial. A book about Roger Ailes that came out last month was an annoyance if nothing else. And this week Vanity Fair has its big feature on his divorce from Wendi Deng. All that, plus continued news about the phone hacking case in the UK, may have made him feel like keeping a lower than usual profile.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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