Tuesday 17 July 2018

Murdoch's Irish media arm under the spotlight over interference

Pushing political opinion is nothing new for the media mogul as his newspapers put their spin on the amendment debate, writes Liam Collins

Follow me: Rupert Murdoch’s philosophy of taking political stances on national issues has become ingrained in the mindset of his media outlets.
Follow me: Rupert Murdoch’s philosophy of taking political stances on national issues has become ingrained in the mindset of his media outlets.
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

Whether or not newspapers can influence the outcome of an election or a referendum is arguable. But certainly the world's most powerful media mogul Rupert Murdoch believes they can, otherwise why would his newspapers continually intervene in everything from the Brexit referendum in Britain to the looming battle over the Eighth Amendment in Ireland?

Neither Brexit nor the Eighth Amendment are likely to sell a lot of newspapers but by taking a side, The Sunday Times, the Irish edition of The Times and The Sun, have again emphasised the cultural differences between Ireland and Britain.

Taking a side has been historically acceptable in Britain, where Murdoch has shaped the modern political landscape. His media interventions have influenced such diverse political issues as who forms the government to what way people voted on Brexit.

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