Sunday, April 21, 2024

Rupert Murdoch MIA: No Opinions on Brexit or Trump As London Papers Take Opposite Positions


Rupert Murdoch is missing. That is, missing from public life, opinions, politics. And his newspapers are playing games in London. The Times says Britain should remain in the European Union. The Sun says they should leave.

Should I stay or should I go? And Murdoch? Who knows?

He was married to Mick Jagger’s ex, Jerry Hall, on March 4th. On that day the incredibly opinionated publisher and owner of News Corp, sent out the last of four Tweets that had begun on March 2nd.

But right after that Nate Silver tweet, Murdoch sent out one more: “No more tweets for ten days or ever! Feel like the luckiest AND happiest man in world.”

And that was it. Only one more Tweet has appeared, on May 16. Mysteriously all it says is: “@TheSun.” Nothing else. Was it something unfinished? Did Murdoch have something to say? Did someone stop him or did he forget what he was doing?

Since the wedding, Murdoch has been photographed very little. He and Hall were seen at a flower show on May 23rd. On June 8 they were snapped in England’s Lake District at a relish shop. Yes, a shop that sells relish. Condiments.

Everyone would relish Murdoch sending out a signal that he’s alive, not doddering, is in control of something, or anything.

Or is it possible the happy faces of his adult children at the Hall wedding ceremony indicate the best deal they ever made?

Until the rushed Hall romance you’d have thought Murdoch’s favorite Rolling Stones song was “Wild Horses– couldn’t drag me away.” And now? More like “it seems we’re slipping away.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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