Last week, Rupert Murdoch was at the center of a media-on-media
spat with Google. This week, it's his flagship newspaper, The Wall
Street Journal, trading blows with arch-rival The New York Times. The
bout began when the Times' David Carr penned a column
tweaking the Journal for moving further right since
Murdoch's takeover two years ago. Firing back, the Journal's
editor-in-chief Robert Thomson responded
The news column by a Mr David Carr today is yet more evidence that The
New York Times is uncomfortable about the rise of an increasingly
successful rival while its own circulation and credibility are in
retreat. The usual practice of quoting ex-employees was supplemented by
a succession of anonymous quotes and unsubstantiated assertions. The
attack follows the extraordinary actions of Mr Bill Keller, the
Executive Editor, who, among other things, last year wrote personally
and at length to a prize committee casting aspersions on Journal
journalists and journalism. Whether it be in the quest for prizes or in
the disparagement of competitors, principle is but a bystander at The
New York Times.
Not to be outdone, the Times' executive editor Bill Keller swiped back
in a statement to Politico:
While David's column clearly got under Mr. Thomson's skin, I
don't see anything in his response that casts doubt upon it. The column
was scrupulously fair and, if anything, understated, and I have no
inclination to help Mr. Thomson change the subject.
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