Saturday, June 15, 2024

James Murdoch Going Legit, Ankles Dad Rupert’s News Corp to Try and Pursue an Honest Life Far from the Right Wing


James Murdoch has quit News Corp, resigned his board seat, and exited his dad, Rupert’s, fabled company of right wing nut case “journalism.”

As I’ve said before, James is like Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part 2. He wants go legit and leave behind his family’s history.

James tries in his resignation letter to disavow News Corp. and Fox News and all the terrible things they’ve done and perpetuated– as if he was forced at gunpoint to help create the hacking scandal in the British press. He will soon be recording a remix of “It Wasn’t Me” with Shaggy.

“My resignation is due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the Company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions.”

Ah yes. But James has a reported $2 billion made from News Corp and that editorial content. He’s started a family fund called Lupa, meaning wolf. He’s invested in things like the Tribeca Film Festival where he can hobnob with Robert De Niro, who hates his father. James is buying other properties in the “real” or mainstream entertainment world. He wants to be accepted by those people after a lifetime of his father’s destruction. How else could he do it? He must publicly sever ties.

Not so fast.

He’s still a Murdoch despite his public relations campaign to seem distanced from the family.  He and his have given over a million dollars, it’s reported, to elect Joe Biden. James wants to be applauded when he walks into The Four Seasons, attends premieres, Broadway first nights, and so on. He doesn’t want random people coming up and yelling at him at the Tribeca Film Festival, or Art Basel which he also just invested in. So he’s out of News Corp. and counting on the gullibility of his new friends.

But who won’t forget? All the celebrities whose phones were hacked by News of the World, the now defunct Murdoch tabloid. Not will the family of Milly Dowler, the murdered schoolgirl whose phone was hacked by Murdoch employees so they could get scoops.

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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