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Former Newspaper Magnate Compares Rupert Murdoch To Stalin

Submitted by on October 23, 2012 – 11:32 am Comments

Recently, former newspaper mogul Conrad Black, publicly called Rupert Murdoch a “psychopath” and even compared him to the Russian tyrant leader Joseph Stalin. For the uninitiated Black is the former owner of the Daily Telegraph in Britain and the Chicago Sun-Times, who spent 37 months in a U.S. prison for fraud. Therefore, some would say it’s the case of ‘the pot calling the kettle black’. Basically black was quoted as saying “He’s a psychopath … like Stalin, except that he doesn’t kill people. I’m not suggesting he’s a homicidal psychopath — he just severs people out of his life like that. I have great admiration for what he’s achieved but he’s a terrible man”.

The things that have been said are not very flattering, one would agree. But, it also has to be argued that Black was a business rival of Murdoch’s at one point, and now that Murdoch has been caught with his pants down, no doubt he would want to add his two cents to the proceedings. The Canadian-born Black, who served in the House of Lords and became a British national in 1999, was in the United Kingdom promoting his memoirs on the BBC satirical show, “Have I Got News For You”. Well, possibly the book is another reason as to why, Black has suddenly chosen to be vocal about the kind of person Murdoch is.

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Everyone knows you need to rake up a bit of controversy if you want to sell a book, and sometimes the trick actually works. Maybe that is why, Black decided to criticize Murdoch once again, while on his book tour. He said “For 40 years [the establishment] knew how Murdoch ran his company and they did nothing but kiss his undercarriage. Murdoch is a psychopath, a person of no emotional or ethical thought, governed entirely by an expedient analysis of what his self-interest requires”.

It would interest you to know that Black was notorious for his lavish an opulent lifestyle. Then in 2007 he was charged with embezzling money from his Chicago-based holding company, Hollinger International. He has since overturned 15 of the 17 charges against him and he now hopes his new memoir, “A Matter of Principle,” will help him repair his public image. Criticizing Murdoch, who is one of the most hated figures in the world at the moment, would surely score him some brownie point, with his readers.

Nigel Owen

Nigel is a graduate from Birmingham University, Nigel has worked for about 8 years in the banking industry, until one day he discovered his passion for writing. It basically gives him the opportunity to enlighten himself about subjects and things that he normally might not come across.

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