Ken Auletta has penned a lengthy profile of Rupert Murdoch‘s right-hand man, Wall St. Journal managing editor Robert Thomson for this week’s New Yorker (and put it behind the paywall…and interesting decision considering the high appeal the piece will have to media folks).
The profile is a write-around: Neither Thomson nor Murdoch agreed to speak with Auletta, who suspects to two are holding a 16-year-old grudge against him dating back to a profile he did of Murdoch for the magazine in 1995.
As such some of the juicer quotes come second-hand. The best anecdote is perhaps the story Auletta recounts ,told to him by a former colleague of Thomson’s, about the time he was approached by an editor about doing an advanced obit on Murdoch.
Said Thomson: “Rupert is not going to die.” Responded the editor: “In the event that he does?” Thomson: “Rupert is not going to die.”
Some other highlight’s from the article:
- Robert Thomson is Murdoch’s closest friend. Their two families vacation together.
- The WSJ newsroom appreciates this relationship since it makes it easier to pierce Murdoch’s outer sanctum.
- The newsroom has grown to believe that Murdoch has saved the paper.
- Bloomberg has hired 106 reporters from Dow Jones since the Murdoch’s bid became public.
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