Journalism Magazine Compares Murdoch to a 'Scorpion'
You know the scorpion that killed the frog in that old fable? According to Columbia Journalism Review, thatâ€™s Rupert Murdoch.
CJR, a magazine for â€śprofessional journalists published bimonthly by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism,â€ť fired the latest shot in the mainstream mediaâ€™s fight to stop the sale of The Wall Street Journal to News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch.
â€ś[Bancroft] family members sensibly fear that he [Murdoch] would misuse the paperâ€™s journalistic power,â€ť said an editorial in the July/August 2007 issue of CJR. â€śMurdochâ€™s answer is that to damage the credibility of the Journal would be to destroy it. Why would he do such a thing?â€ť
CJR said that Murdoch would play the scorpion to the Wall Street Journal and destroy its journalistic credibility because â€śitâ€™s his nature.â€ť
Journalists in large part have come out against the Murdoch acquisition of Dow Jones & Company because of The Wall Street Journal. CJRâ€™s editorial makes it clear journalistsâ€™ opinions on the matter are far from fair and balanced.