This came out of a Tuesday news conference, at which Bloomberg addressed the offensive tweets of a New York EMS lieutenant. Speaking to a reporter from the New York Post, part of Murdoch’s corporate empire, Bloomberg said, “I’ve told your boss I think he should stop twittering.” More: “Number one, I don’t understand why people don’t understand that anything you write, anything you send out, is gonna be retweeted, re-Facebooked, re-this, re-that,” noted the mayor.
Though Murdoch has committed a Twitter sin or two, his recent output suggests that he’s learned his lesson about social media risk-taking:
Beijing 2013. Spirit of innovation everywhere. Big hopes for popular new president Xi. We shall see. Huge issues to tackle.
— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) March 24, 2013
Attacks everywhere on Pope Francis misguided. Jesuits were seriously split, but no evidence of being complicit in any persecutions.
— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) March 17, 2013
ME getting uglier by he day.Iran upping supplies of missiles thru Syria to Hezbollah to attack Israel, while Egypt close to food riots.
— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) March 13, 2013
What is. 2.4 per cent cut, when spending will still be up?Any blind man can see far more wasteful govt expenditure than that . Many levels
— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) March 2, 2013
Safe stuff right there.
Whatever thoughts the 82-year-old Murdoch shares with his hundreds of thousands of followers, let’s not mess with his intake of media. The fellow, after all, has a history of seeing around corners. Just behold this little gem that he passed along to Fortune magazine for a 1984 piece:
Murdoch expects much of News Corp.’s future communications growth to come outside publishing. As he told FORTUNE recently: “I don’t know any better than anyone else where the electronic age is taking us, or how it will affect a large newspaper company. But I do know it’s going to have an impact. To prepare for that, and to have a position in that new industry, you want to be a major player in the production of entertainment programming.”
Too bad more U.S. newspaper execs didn’t heed that advice.
And let’s not forget the mid-’90s brainstorm that perhaps certain Americans would appreciate a cable-news option with a perspective at odds with that of the mainstream media.
Keep tweeting, Rupe. It’s all part of your visionary thing.