Book on Murdoch Making its own Controversy

Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff's new book, "The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch," won't hit bookstores for another month. But in a time-honored publishing-industry tactic, the book has already spawned a suspiciously opportune controversy. According to a New York Times article, Murdoch was upset about Wolff's characterization of Murdoch's relations with two top executives in his empire, News Corp. president Peter Chernin and Fox News boss Roger Ailes. In a copy of the manuscript read by this reporter, which may differ in minor ways from the final version, Murdoch complains that neither Chernin nor his college-age children read newspapers. Wolff also concludes that Murdoch, under his third wife Wendi's influence, is growing cool to hard-right politics, the viewpoint widely attributed to his Fox News, run by Roger Ailes.News Corp. sources say Wolff has exaggerated the "controversy." Wolff declined to comment, but venting merrily last week to the...

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