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Murdoch’s World by David Folkenflik

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RUPERT IN OZ

IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY, THE GIANT Antaeus was the son of Gaia, goddess of the earth, and Poseidon, king of the sea. The mighty Antaeus forced all passersby to wrestle him. The trick of his invincibility, as the story goes, was that he drew strength from any touch or contact with the ground—the earth of his mother.

For Rupert Murdoch, Australia, or at least the idea of Australia, serves as an analogous source of strength. In New York, London, and Los Angeles, Murdoch entrusted outposts to people who served him in his native land. Robert Thomson, born in a small town several hours north of Melbourne, led the Times of London, ran the ...

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