Thursday 22 March 2018

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Gloves off as Black lands sucker punch on Murdoch

The former press baron has every right to be angry at his portrayal in Murdoch-owned press, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

CONRAD BLACK has declared war on Rupert Murdoch, and, really, Murdoch had it coming. Black liked to be friends with other newspaper proprietors. As the controlling shareholder of Telegraph newspapers, he was plunged into an epic battle for survival when Murdoch slashed the price of the Times newspapers, but he regarded that as legitimate commercial practice, and their personal and social relationship remained civil.

Nor did he complain about Murdoch's habit of protesting every time anything reflecting unfavourably on him appeared in any Black-controlled publication, and wrote of him supportively when he almost went bankrupt in 1990.

Black has his failings -- to most of which he freely admits in A Matter of Principle, his brutally honest memoir of his turbulent run-in with American injustice -- but there is nothing petty about him.

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