Rupert Murdoch Apologizes for Saying 'Jewish-Owned Press' Is 'Anti-Israel'
The News Corp. chief issued a half-apology for earlier tweeting his dissatisfaction with the coverage of the conflict in Gaza.
Rupert Murdoch tweeted an apology Sunday after expressing his dissatisfaction with the coverage of the Gaza conflict by asking his followers on Twitter, “Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?”
The News Corp. chairman and CEO has unleashed a string of tweets supporting Israel in the wake of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has been escalating in the Gaza strip. Murdoch also tweeted: "Middle East ready to boil over any day. Israel position precarious. Meanwhile watch CNN and AP bias to point of embarrassment."
The comments about the media being Jewish-owned upset many journalists -- of all religions. The Daily Beast's Pete Beinhart slammed Murdoch in a piece, writing that "Murdoch’s tweet is more than just dumb. It’s also offensive, both to journalists and Jews."
Murdoch apologized Sunday morning on the social media site. "'Jewish owned press' have been sternly criticised, suggesting link to Jewish reporters. Don't see this, but apologise unreservedly."
Murdoch's half-apology follows other celebrities who have commented on Twitter regarding the turmoil in the Middle East.
Kim Kardashian tweeted a pair of much-less-controversial messages to her followers: “Praying for everyone in Israel," the reality star tweeted first, then followed the message by saying she was “Praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!"
Kardashian later deleted the messages and apologized in a statement, saying, "(A)fter hearing from my followers, I decided to take down the tweets because I realized that some people were offended and hurt by what I said, and for that I apologize."
"I should have pointed out my intentions behind these tweets when I posted them," she added. "The fact is, that regardless of religion and political beliefs, there are countless innocent people involved who didn't choose this, and I pray for all of them and also for a resolution. I also pray for all the other people around the world who are caught in similar crossfires."
Middle East ready to boil over any day. Israel position precarious. Meanwhile watch CNN and AP bias to point of embarrassment.— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) November 17, 2012
Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti- Israel in every crisis?— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) November 18, 2012
"Jewish owned press" have been sternly criticised, suggesting link to Jewish reporters.Don't see this, but apologise unreservedly.— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) November 18, 2012