A wordsearch in an Australian newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation contained a jab at the 82-year-old billionaire.
The letters LIVESIHCODRUM appeared in the children’s Funday puzzle of the Sunday Telegraph. Backwards the letters spell MURDOCHISEVIL.
Readers who spotted the message took to social media on Tuesday.
"I fear someone is about to get fired ... Sunday Tele puts 'Murdoch is Evil' in the kids' puzzle," tweeted one user.
“Just love it! 3rd line across! LIVESIHCODRUM - turned around is MURDOCHISEVIL,” tweeted another.
“Murdoch is evil, the wordsearch never lies,” said another.
The wordsearch had a theme of Indonesian animals, including words like orangutan and leopard.
The puzzle’s creator was not available for comment when contacted by the AFP.
Sydney's Sunday Telegraph has not commented on the incident.
A media reporter for National Public Radio claims Fox News planted a false story in order to discredit him, when he tried to write a critical report on the news network in 2008.
Reporter David Folkenflik says in his new book, “Murdoch’s World,” that he contacted Fox News in February 2008 while he was writing a story on CNN, which beat Fox News in prime time ratings in the 25 to 54 age group.
Folkenflik said the other major cable news networks cooperated, but he “hit a brick wall at Fox News.”
Later, he claims, he got an email from a private Hotmail account from someone who claimed to be a producer at Fox News.
“I work at Fox but I heard from a friend at CNN that you were doing a story on them beating us in February ratings,” the email said. “Thought I’d pass along a tip for you. Fox execs had a meeting yesterday and decided that Bill O’Reilly will anchor our texas and ohio [sic] primary coverage on Tuesday night. They want to copy the success that MSNBC has had with Olbermann and Matthews anchoring their coverage.”
Having a pundit like O’Reilly cover the primary goes against Fox’s claim of being “fair and balanced.” If the tip was true, Folkenflik had a major story.
The tipster told him that he could quote a source as a female Fox News producer.
When he published the report, Fox blasted the story for being “absurd and wildly inaccurate.”
“If Flamm is so off base with this ‘fact,’ you’d have to question of all his other ‘reporting’ when it comes to Fox News,” Fox News said in a statement.
He called the female producer he corresponded with and she said she had no idea who he was or what he was talking about. When he emailed the Hotmail account again, it bounced back. The account was now closed.
Folkenflik admits he shouldn’t have taken the email as a tip, but his book also alleges that a Fox News staffer admitted the story was set up by the network.
“There are ways in which I very much admire Rupert Murdoch,” Folkenflik said in an NPR interview this week.
“At the same time, there's a cruelty to his journalism. There's a desire to be punitive at times to people who are critics or people who are political opponents,” he added.
An Australian businessman and political hopeful plans to sue a prominent media mogul about a newspaper article that makes unflattering allegations about him.
In addition to saying he was filing a suit against Rupert Murdoch, businessman Clive Palmer also made some inflammatory comments about the tycoon’s estranged wife.
‘You know, Rupert Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng is a Chinese spy, and that’s been right across the world,” Palmer said during an interview. “She’s been spying on Rupert for years, giving money back to Chinese intelligence. She was trained in southern China. I’m telling you the truth. Wendi Deng is a Chinese spy and that’s why Rupert got rid of her. And this guy (Murdoch) wants to control Australian politics. He wants to control what you think.”
Deng is probably most well-known for stopping a protester from smashing a pie into Murdoch’s face during an inquiry before the House of Commons Select Committee in 2011.
Palmer, 59, is running for election in Australia. He is also famous for wanting to create an animated Jurassic Park in Queensland, The Daily Mail reported.
An article about Palmer in “The Australian” newspaper questioned many of his claims “Contrary to the flim-flam and spin, Clive Frederick Palmer is not a professor, not an adviser to the G20, not a mining magnate, not a legal guru and not an advocate for freedom of speech. He’s probably not a billionaire,” the newspaper said.
Palmer alleges that Murdoch tell his reporters what to write. “Murdoch will be sued by me today and will be brought to Australia to answer these questions in the Supreme Court,” he said. “It’s time this fellow was brought to account, this foreigner who tries to dictate what we do.”
The late CEO of Apple Inc. Steve Jobs personally ordered the removal of Apple ads from Fox News, according to a new book by Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Alter.
Despite a good working relationship with News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, Steve Jobs had a profound dislike of Fox News. In his authorized biography, Walter Isaacson wrote that Jobs said “Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society."
In Jonathan Alter’s upcoming book on Obama’s 2012 re-election, “The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies,” he dedicated an entire chapter to the influence of Fox on the Obama campaign. In it, Alter writes about how Jobs “personally ordered that Apple ads be removed from Fox News."
In Isaacson’s 2011 biography “Steve Jobs” he recounts a conversation that Jobs had with Murdoch:
“You’re blowing it with Fox News,” Jobs told him over dinner. “The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you’re not careful.” Jobs said he thought Murdoch did not really like how far Fox had gone. “Rupert’s a builder, not a tearer-downer,” he said. “I’ve had some meetings with (Murdoch’s son) James, and I think he agrees with me. I can just tell.”
In his book, Alter writes about Fox's extensive coverage of the attack on the CIA outpost in Benghazi, Libya, and how CEO Roger Ailes intervened when host Geraldo Reviera expressed sympathy for Obama.
“Roger Ailes covered the Benghazi story as if it were Watergate just before Nixon’s resignation, with almost wall-to-wall coverage,” Alter wrote.
One Nov. 2, when Rivera defended the administration’s handling of Benghazi on “Fox & Friends,” he said co-host Eric Bolling was lying.
“After the argument continued for several minutes, Ailes called the control room and told the producers to cut Rivera’s mic,” Alter wrote.
“The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies” will be released by Simon & Schuster on June 4.
British teenager Nick D’Aloisio sold his smartphone news app, Summly, to Yahoo for a reported $30 million. Backers of the 17-year-old’s app include Yoko Ono and Rupert Murdoch. Summly launched for the iPhone about four months ago. In addition to the sale, D’Aloisio will join Yahoo as its youngest employee.
“If you have a good idea, or you think there’s a gap in the market, just go out and launch it, because there are investors across the world right now looking for companies to invest in,” he said on Monday.
The terms of the sale have not officially been disclosed, but technology blog AllThingsD said Yahoo paid roughly $30 million for the app, according to The Washington Post. D’Aloisio was the majority owner of Summly. He plans on investing the money from the sale despite having some limitations on accessing the funds because of his age. “I’m happy with that and working with my parents to go through that whole process,” he said.
D’Aloisio, who lives in the prosperous London suburb of Wimbledon, first thought of the mobile software while studying for a history exam two years ago. He went on to create a prototype of the app. Summly breaks down news stories into chunks of text readable on small smartphone screens.
The app works based off of an algorithm that automatically boils down articles to about 400 characters. A venture capital firm owned by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, Horizons Ventures, invested $250,000 in the app. That investment caught the eye of other backers like Ashton Kutcher; Ono and Murdoch.