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When Murdoch was called a ‘moth-eaten kangaroo’

We all know how Rupert Murdoch’s stewardship of News of the World ended.

But how did it begin? Amid allegations that Murdoch acted “in complete cynical disregard of the rules.”

Those words came from Robert Maxwell, the media entrepreneur against whom Murdoch was competing for control of News of the World. The video below, a must-see, features sniping from both sides following a meeting in which Murdoch’s bid prevailed. The highlight comes when Murdoch says, “Yesterday Mr. Maxwell called me a moth-eaten kangaroo. I haven’t got to that stage.”

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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