Episode

4/19 Planet Fox: How Rupert Murdoch’s Empire Of Influence Remade The World w/ Jonathan Mahler

April 19, 2019

Jonathan Mahler (@jonathanmahler), staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, joins us to discuss his article, ‘Planet Fox: How Rupert Murdoh’s Empire of Influence Remade the World.’

88-year-old Rupert Murdoch currently sits atop the world’s most powerful media empire. Mahler and co-writer Jim Rutenberg examine how Murdoch took a modest inherited newspaper business and turned in into a diversified conglomerate capable of influencing elections and policy around the world. From the rise of Margaret Thatcher to the push for war in Iraq to the current wave of right-wing populism (Trump, Brexit, et al.), Murdoch has proven a savvy foe of progressivism as he both shapes and capitalizes on prevailing trends in conservative politics.

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