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Rupert Murdoch’s best tweets of all time

Anthony De Rosa
Jun 28, 2012 12:49 UTC


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Best @RupertMurdoch tweets of all time

Storified by Anthony De Rosa · Mon, May 14 2012 12:38:49 Rupert Murdoch posted his first tweet on December 31st, to the surprise of many who could hardly believe he would take to the social media service to share his thoughts. He’s been prolifically tweeting ever since, compiling 295 tweets in the last five months. These are some of our favorites. Rupert’s first tweet Have just. Read The Rational Optimist. Great book.Rupert Murdoch Some of his greatest tweets are the most inane ones. You could make the case that this is simply a sponsored tweet. I LOVE the film "we bought a zoo", a great family movie. Very proud of fox team who made this great film.Rupert Murdoch He’ll take to patting himself on the back. Just for the record: Newscorp shares up 60c on news of Sun on Sunday. Highest for year.Rupert Murdoch You can almost imagine Montgomery Burns tweeting this. NY cold and empty, even central park. Nice!Rupert Murdoch Unafraid to tweet his political opinions, he’s gone and shared his two cents about Obama and the GOP candidates throughout the race. Paul too extreme, but right to draw attention toFed. Printing zillions can only cause inflation – the coward’s way out of this mess.Rupert Murdoch Obama seems to agree with consensus view obamacare going down. Bullying supremes silly. People trust judges over politicians any time.Rupert Murdoch While Obama feeling courageous, why not follow his first class education policy. US’ absolute biggest crisis. No read, no write, no jobs.Rupert Murdoch Enemies many different agendas, but worst old toffs and right wingers who still want last century’s status quo with their monoplies.Rupert Murdoch Santorum"Romney looks like well oiled weather vane". Plenty of company, but not POTUS.Rupert Murdoch POTUS seems in deep trouble with all religious groups. "worship" not the same thing as religion.Rupert Murdoch He’s frequently weighed in on the American economy. Economists state Americans in real terms grew 700 per cent in last 100 years by tech inventions – electricity, cars, stainless steel etc.Rupert Murdoch Unemployment: US official figures greatly underestimate real situation plus millions with part time jobs.Rupert Murdoch He’s often criticizing Britain for an “entitlement culture” UK entitlement society. No wonder rich layabouts contribute nothing when immigrants work harder better. Honest Brits work and resent system.Rupert Murdoch Don’t hate Britain, quite the reverse. But whole of Europe and US facing huge financial and social problemsRupert Murdoch What happened to "land of hope and glory" New poll today shows 48 percent of Brits would like to emigrate.Rupert Murdoch UK. What’s wrong? Over educated snobs sneering at underclass, giving no help to upping education standards. See Gove today.Rupert Murdoch New British proposal. Only immigrants earning 35000 allowed in. After tax equal to many people living on welfare maybe not seeking work.Rupert Murdoch At times, he appears frustrated by the lack of civilized debate. Perhaps he’s not following the right people? Seems impossible to have civilised debate on twitter. Ignorant,vicious abuse lowers whole society, maybe shows real social decay.Rupert Murdoch He’s opined about Facebook and it’s role in media. With Internet no such thing as monopoly media. Ask Zuckerberg.Rupert Murdoch Critical of his peers in media. Looking at Arianna H self portrait. Aren’t we all evangelists? If we don’t propagate our beliefs why bother thinking?Rupert Murdoch Austerity is a theme throughout his tweets. Economic problems made by waves of politicians making impossible promises. Now the bills are arriving .Rupert Murdoch Social fabric means all. Must wake up before coming apart more. That includes closing tax loopholes for rich people and companies.Rupert Murdoch Governments worldwide have borrowed 100 trillion last ten years. Defaults inevitable sometime soon. Means crash, hurting rich and poor.Rupert Murdoch Sometimes reflective and philosophical. "all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn". H.G. WellsRupert Murdoch He’s only retweeted once and it was for his Wall Street Journal sister publication for tech, All Things D. Cinemagram App Sees Quick Growth for Artsy Animated Photos -by @LizGannes http://dthin.gs/Iu5wlXAll Things D He’s excited by technology and what it means for the future. Now we on cusp of new wave of tech transformations to beat last century growth. Big data,smart manufacturing and wireless. Exciting !Rupert Murdoch Tweets regarding Cameron are always interesting in context of how he’s been accused of a cozy relationship between the paper and the UK government. He’s mentioned Rebekah Brooks as well. Cameron should have just followed history and flogged some seats in the Lords, if they still have value! precedents of centuries .Rupert Murdoch Now they are complaining about R Brooks saving an old horse from the glue factory!Rupert Murdoch

A version of this appears on page 23 of the June 2012 issue of Reuters Magazine

Syria al-Shaab manages to broadcast under fire

Anthony De Rosa
Jun 11, 2012 23:25 UTC

Using a combination of in-studio anchors and citizens piped in from Skype reporting directly from the ground, Syria al-Shaab manages to broadcast 12 hours of live programming a day from a country that won’t allow foreign reporters in.

“They hacked into our Skype account about a week ago and sent a virus to all the contacts in it. Every time they do something like that, we know we are doing our jobs” said Summer Ajlouni, founder of Syria al-Shaab in a report by Dan Rather of HDNet.

The channel exists underground. The Syrian regime, according to the broadcasters, is watching, they’ve tried to shut down their satellite broadcasts and jam their Skype contacts, but it has only made the tiny outfit want to do more.

Tim Pool: Occupy Wall Street’s mobile journalist – Tech Tonic

Anthony De Rosa
Feb 25, 2012 05:20 UTC

If you were to stop independent journalist Tim Pool on the street, you may think he’s just a bike messenger, with his skull cap, hoodie and shoulder strap bag. What you may miss is that Pool has transformed himself into a mobile journalist. He broadcast live videos in the midst of the Occupy movement using just an iPhone, a solar powered backpack and even a drone to an audience of thousands.

Sky News longs for Victorian internet, applies dark age social policy

Anthony De Rosa
Feb 7, 2012 22:51 UTC

In an attempt to shoehorn the social media genie back into the bottle, Sky News has told its reporters they cannot retweet non-Sky sources and must not stray from the topic area or beat that they cover when posting tweets on their Twitter accounts. Not only does this make for a staid and boring feed, but it also puts Sky News reporters at a significant competitive disadvantage to places like Reuters, where we have reporters verifying and tweeting out sources of news from all over the web and from many different news outlets.

Their own boss @RupertMudoch doesn’t even follow these new rules, he frequently references news organizations outside of his own, as @RossNeumann points out. The idea here at Reuters when it comes to social media is to be the beacon for all news, which makes us the go-to source, no matter what the source may be, after being put through our own filters of verification. I’ve written before about how important it is for my own company, Reuters, to be careful if they try to tread in these same waters.

There are occasions where we may share a bit of news or simply cite what other folks on Twitter are saying as a retweet, which in Twitter parlance is an act of quoting someone. It doesn’t imply an endorsement or even an acknowledgement that it is a statement of fact. It is an act of stating, “look here at what this person is saying.”

Tumblr’s first executive editor Jessica Bennett

Anthony De Rosa
Feb 3, 2012 12:31 UTC

Tumblr, the microblogging platform that has been experiencing explosive growth which I detailed recently, has hired Chris Mohney to become their editor-in-chief, along with Jessica Bennett, who will act as executive editor.

What exactly will they do? I spoke to Jessica to find out.

What do you envision the content you’re going to create to sound like? Will it be entirely on the staff blog or will there be some other platform?

What will the content sound like… I think it’ll sound a lot like the stories I write now. Probably less women’s issues, and certainly no Jerry Sandusky, but it will be real journalism — stories that are both about Tumblr’s users, what those users are creating, the social trends and cultural observations that are growing out of that creation, and the broader ideas and themes that surround it all. So: think trend stories — the democratization of creation. Think on the ground: who are the teen tumblr users in a remote town in Ukraine, and how did they find the platform? Think big picture: how is social media changing the way we interact and engage? Think data: what can Tumblr users tell us about the current presidential race? How do men and women interact differently online? Is it possible to find love on Tumblr? The mandate is broad, and the format will go beyond the written word. It’s really an opportunity to think outside the box, to experiment with what works — and to have some fun while we’re doing it.

BuzzFeed gets serious

Anthony De Rosa
Jan 13, 2012 03:15 UTC

BuzzFeed has been getting a lot of attention lately, for their high profile hire of well respected political reporter Ben Smith, from Politico and for a recent influx of $15.5 million in new investment. I headed to BuzzFeed headquarters downtown here in Soho to find out what they’re planning to do with the money and how they’re going to differentiate themselves from sites like the Huffington Post.

Interview with founder and CEO Jonah Peretti and politics editor-in-chief Ben Smith

Interview with political reporter and video researching wunderkind Andrew Kaczynski

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