Rupert Murdoch’s latest bid at stirring up controversy on Twitter had the media world scratching its head Saturday night. As the Israel/Gaza conflict headed to a fifth day, the newspaper mogul expressed frustration at coverage of the crisis in characteristically incendiary style:
Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti- Israel in every crisis?
It is unclear who the resolutely pro-Israel Murdoch was referring to, though earlier in the day he took issue with specific outlets:
Middle East ready to boil over any day. Israel position precarious. Meanwhile watch CNN and AP bias to point of embarrassment.
Reaction to the “Jewish-owned” tweet was swift.
Media critic Jack Shafer tweeted: “Counting down until he deletes or revises.”
New Yorker political reporter Ryan Lizza tweeted, simply, “Wow.”