Murdoch's son pulls an O'Reilly, ambushes paper over “Rupert Murdoch won't decide this election. You will” ad

Like father's employee, like son?

Rupert Murdoch's son James reportedly crashed the London offices of The Independent because the paper had produced promotional ads stating, “Rupert Murdoch won't decide this election. You will.”

The Guardian reports:

But [Rupert's] son James seems less ready to turn the other cheek, as it were. And this would seem to be the most plausible explanation for why Murdoch the younger, the chairman and chief executive News Corporation Europe and Asia, caused a media sensation on Wednesday by striding across the editorial floor at the Independent newspaper to berate its editor-in-chief, Simon Kelner.

In common with so many of the unpleasant episodes involving angry young men in modern London, it was a squall about reputation and respect. The newly relaunched Independent had produced a series of relatively innocuous promotional ads assuring readers: “Rupert Murdoch won't decide this election. You will.”

There is no evidence that Murdoch senior has even seen the ads, but witnesses report that directly upon seeing Kelner, who was supervising the final production stages of that night's paper, Murdoch the younger began angry remonstrations. “What are you fucking playing at?” was his opening gambit.


The episode left experienced journalists shocked. “They strode in like a scene out of Dodge City,” said one. “Murdoch scanned the room, you could almost hear him saying 'Where is he?'”

It looks like the younger Murdoch may be a big fan of Fox News' Bill O'Reilly who has become infamous over the years for ambushing those critical of the conservative network.