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Nice work Rupert, shame about the end of civilisation

Murdoch's sinister influence led to Brexit, Trump and war, writes Declan Lynch

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Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch

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Rupert Murdoch

There is a version of modern political and cultural history which goes something like this: the global media operation of Rupert Murdoch, and its dark influence on the governments of the great Western powers, have gone a long way towards destroying this thing we call liberal democracy.

I mean, it seems a bit crude, does it not? A tad simplistic?

And yet… watching the first of three parts of The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty on BBC2, it was increasingly hard to find the flaws in that generalisation.