Rupert Murdoch’s philosophy

From The Elements of Journalism, What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel published in 2014.

“When his company won television rights for Singapore, media baron Rupert Murdoch praised the country for being undemocratic:

“Singapore is not liberal, but it’s clean and free of drug addicts. Not so long ago it was an impoverished, exploited colony with famines, diseases, and other problems. Now people find themselves in three-room apartments with jobs and clean streets. Material incentives create business and the free market economy. If politicians try it the other way around with democracy, the Russian model is the result. Ninety percent of the Chinese are interested more in a better material life than in the right to vote.

“Never before had a modern publisher advocated capitalism without democracy in this way. Yet, following Murdoch’s pronouncement, other examples would follow of ownership that subordinated journalism to other commercial interests.”

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