LONDON – To read and watch the reaction of people who have hated Fox News from its creation, one might think it resembles dancing on someone’s grave, but at 92, Rupert Murdoch remains very much alive and his influence, not only on Fox, but in much of journalism, will likely continue for some time.
It may be coincidental, or not, that the announcement of Murdoch’s stepping down as chairman of Fox and News Corp. coincides with the release this week of Michael Wolff’s book “The Fall: The End of the Murdoch Empire,” which predicts the end of the cable network. Wolff and others may wish it so, but I am doubtful. Again, critics have been predicting and hoping for the network’s demise since it was launched in 1996. Why the antipathy toward a network that should be considered part of the diversity of ideas many claim to endorse?
The answer comes from Murdoch’s note last Thursday to his employees: “Self-serving bureaucracies are seeking to silence those who would question their provenance and purpose. Elites have open contempt for those who are not members of their rarefied class. Most of the media is in cahoots with those elites, peddling