Keith Rupert Murdoch is an Australian media oligarch who owns multiple publishing outlets and television broadcasting channels around the world.
Some media outlets in his media empire include: The Sun, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, The Australian, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Fox News and Sky.
A megaphone for Israel
Murdoch is a determined Israel supporter and this support echoes through his media outlets. In 2010 the Anti-defamation league (ADL) gave him International Leadership Award in recognition of his “stalwart support of Israel and his commitment to promoting respect and speaking out against anti-Semitism.”
The 90-year-old media tycoon is known to have had a pivotal influence in fermenting sympathy for Israel among US conservatives.
In October 2010, at the dinner where he was honored by the Anti-Defamation League, Murdoch lambasted then-US President Barack Obama, saying that the White House should not distance itself from Israel to seek “credibility in the Muslim world”.1
Alongside his unflattering support for Israeli occupation, Murdoch media is well known for peddling anti-Muslim stories though his numerous outlets.
An analysis of six Murdoch owned newspapers in Australia, such as The Australian, Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, Courier Mail, and Adelaide Advertiser, which make up a large share of the country’s media landscape, found 2,891 negative stories about Islam and Muslims in a single 12 month period (2017). In other words, Murdoch media published 7 negative stories against Muslims in a single day.2
Murdoch also attracted much controversy in 2015 after calling for all “Moslems” (as written by islamophobes, adopting its early European spelling) to be held responsible for terrorism around the world.