Lessons from Rupert Murdoch’s Twitter in 2014
Ah Rupert, mate. You’d hope that someone who has spent their life in the media would realise the importance of public appearance, particularly on social media. In the case of media mogul, Rupert Mudoch, apparently not.
Renowned for his unfiltered, hilariously misspelt, generally politically incorrect tweets, Murdoch made headlines last week for digging himself a massive hole after asserting that all Egyptians are ‘white’ in reference to the new film Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Moses film attacked on Twitter for all white cast. Since when are Egyptians not white? All I know are.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) November 29, 2014
Other than the apparent pigmentation of Egyptians, however, we figured Murdoch’s tweets are a great source of entertainment, education and a fuckload of head shaking. Here’re some highlights from this year:
Starting from yesterday, it appears Murdoch is in support of torture, including rectal feedings, waterboardings, and being kept in a coffin-sized box.
Ex-CIA directors: interrogations saved lives. Dem staff report disgraceful, many omissions and errors. Whoever okayed this? Truly shameful— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) December 9, 2014
But we’ll work through chronologically now – a snapshot of Murdoch’s thought patterns for a year. Starting with an apology that he’d been recently silent, we all knew it was going to be a good year for @rupertmurdoch. And within a month he had imparted us with some great wisdom (and grammar) – the US and China, both apparently plagued with Islamic terrorism, should team up against the evil trrrrr-ists.
Recent silence due bad back accident and other distractions.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) February 9, 2014
Obama should all Chinese President following today's incident and say " we both have the problem of Muslim terrorism. Can we work together?"— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) March 2, 2014
By March, the dire state of New York City and its totalitarian, left-wing regime.
NYC now totally managed by leftist activists with no experience in running anything beyond protests. Big mess ahead.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) March 2, 2014
That was before it was revealed that Bill Clinton’s health had radically improved after he kicked veganism.
Vegans wake up! Bill Clinton looks incredibly healthy after giving up this nonsense. We all need a little red meat.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) April 13, 2014
As a champion of privacy and freedom, much of Murdoch’s social activity aimed at attacking Google. Especially relevant in light of the US government spying on the general public and other world leaders, courtesy of Edward Snowden.
NSA privacy invasion bad, but nothing compared to Google.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) August 17, 2014
The Muslim population of the US is more ‘integrated’ than Europe.
Muslims 1per cent of US, basically very well integrated. UK 4 plus and France 5, man more joining ISIS and majority far from integrated— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) September 8, 2014
Thankfully, Rupert is on it when it comes to women’s issues – particularly with the existence of the infamous ‘Page 3’ of The Sun, which features half naked girls in the nationally circulated, family tabloid. He’s also clued onto polling as a marketing technique to increase engagement – nice!
Page 3 again. Aren't beautiful young women more attractive in at least some fashionable clothes? Your opinions please.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) September 10, 2014
Brit feminists bang on forever about page 3. I bet never buy paper I think old fashioned but readers seem to disagree.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) September 10, 2014
Having a good ol’ laugh at the drunken Scottish, this zinger was made during the whole Scottish Independence thing. Sure beats a boring old Irish joke.
Nonsense reports alleging violence in Scotland, surprisingly good mannered crowds both sides. May change tonight with pubs open all night!— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) September 18, 2014
No hashtags, no handles, no links. Fuck it, he controls like half the world’s media he can do what he wants. But Rupert, mate, you may want to consider keeping your dumb, grammatically incorrect rants to your private rooms and hire a PR rep to do your tweeting – it’ll save you some trouble.