The Observer‘s Week Of Rupert

Ex. 1: Felix Gilette on Fox Biz’s war on “big government.” Money quote:

In recent months, much has been made of Mr. Murdoch’s assertion that while CNBC is geared towards Wall Street, FBN would appeal to Main Street. But lately, FBN executives have tweaked that claim, suggesting that FBN will seek to appeal to both camps. How to pull it off? On day one of FBN, a large part of the answer seemed to be constantly stoking the threat of higher taxes and runaway spending-a threat, after all, that should concern Wall Street brokers and Main Street business owners alike. In the months to come, look for Runaway Government to play a similar role on FBN to the one that Runaway Liberalism plays on the Fox News Channel-that is, as the sinister common enemy around which the audience can rally.

Ex. 2: Michael Calderone, in one of his last Observer pieces, details Rupert Murdoch’s war against the Times:

Perhaps more portentously, on Oct. 16—four weeks after The Times ended TimesSelect, which had put its columnists off-limits to readers who weren’t paid subscribers-The Journal experimented by taking down its own more comprehensive online pay wall for a day, increasing speculation that it could come down permanently in the not-too-distant future.

Industry analysts say such a move would be one of the most threatening actions The Journal could take with regard to its new rival. “If Murdoch takes down the pay wall, the competition for the business reader will increase,” said Ken Doctor, a media analyst with Outsell Inc. “The Times has a strong franchise in business news, and then The Wall Street Journal can go directly at that and say, “‘We are the No. 1 business source and those of you using The New York Times business can go to us for free now.'” Mr. Doctor continued: “Business customers are among the most lucrative online, and if Murdoch takes them away, it’s the greatest hurt he could inflict.”