Fox Corp.’s eye-popping $787.5 million settlement with Dominion Voting Systems over defamation charges aired on Rupert Murdoch‘s Fox News prompts the question:
How did Rupert become Rupert?
My short answer: Look to the father!
Keith Murdoch was the Australian kingmaker who taught the young Rupert how to forge political influence from media ownership.
For Australia’s solemnly observed ANZAC Day (April 25), I tweaked my reflections on how the disastrous Gallipoli campaign launched the Murdoch dynasty that enabled Brexit, Fox News, the Trump presidency, and worse.
My Great Uncles
Three of my grandfather’s brothers joined the AIF (Australian Imperial Force) and fought at Gallipoli after helping ‘liberate’ Palestine from the Ottomans.
They may be found in this photo of Australian cameliers taken in Rafa, now in blockaded Gaza. The photographer Frank Hurley was the official cinematographer on Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition (1914-17).