Examining the Murdoch record

Rupert Murdoch’s record as proprietor of newspapers in Britain and the US may undermine his assurances of editorial continuity for his latest takeover target, the Wall Street Journal.

David Carr, writing at nytimes.com, assesses the media mogul’s actions, as well as his words, and looks to his possible intentions for the Journal:

There is business synergy in the deal — between the News Corporation’s proposed Fox Business cable TV channel and the Journal, for example. But far more important is Mr. Murdoch’s own version of synergy, which puts business, media and government all in a single vertical. Owning the Journal would give him a powerful leverage in all three.