Murdoch Claims He Was Asleep in His Bunk Below

By Ken Feltman

A childrens’ song tells of a sea captain who rides out storms by heading below deck to his bunk. Children recognize the cowardly captain for the clownish character that he is. Rupert Murdoch may not know the song but he knows the excuse.

Everything we need to know about what happened and why it happened at News Corp. was answered when Rupert Murdoch denied ultimate responsibility. His son and a deposed editor echoed his “not my fault, I didn’t know about it” excuse.

Murdoch wanted the private jets and other trimmings of his office without the inconvenient responsibilities. He dressed himself in his CEO equivalent of the captain’s suit from the song, ribbons and medals and all so very impressive. Then he ducked below when a storm appeared.

Responsibility goes up; blame goes down. Any claim that Murdoch and his enablers had to journalistic integrity vanished in that moment of denial. Waste no sympathy on them. They lack the ethical underpinnings that a far-flung news organization requires – and that is why the scandal occurred and why Murdoch and others need to go.

Co-published in Politico

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About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Feltman founded the U.S. and European Conflict Indexes in 1988. The indexes have predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election beginning in 1988, plus the outcome of several European elections. In May of 2010, the Conflict Index was used by university students in Egypt. The Index predicted the fall of the Mubarak government within the next year.
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One Response to Murdoch Claims He Was Asleep in His Bunk Below

  1. Connie O'Harrity says:

    How right you are.

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