Just last year, “in the gleeful afterglow of his deal for The Wall Street Journal,” said Tom Arango in The New York Times, media mogul Rupert Murdoch “agreed to cooperate” with Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff for the biography The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch. But now Murdoch is objecting to parts of the book. What happened?
“The timing of Murdoch's counter-thrust is odd,” said Jeff Bercovici in Portfolio online. But Wolff has nothing to worry about: His “cool response is that he has everything on tape—leading some to speculate that Murdoch's protestations are insincere and meant only to keep his executives happy.”
Murdoch knows exactly what he’s doing, said Ryan Tate in Gawker. “Having talked at great length for Wolff and his tape recorder, he can't very well sue publisher Random House.” But by “feinting in this direction,” Murdoch “provided Wolff a way to air in the Times those bits of information Murdoch most wanted to suppress,” while “promoting Wolff's book in the same stroke.” Pretty clever.