Rupert Murdoch ‘berated’ Sun staff for not bashing Miliband enough, reports Independent

The Sun said its coverage is informed by the parties' approach to issues that matter to its readers



Press baron Rupert Murdoch is allegedly as frustrated as many MediaWatch readers when he opens his copy of the Sun every morning, though for very different reasons. As the Independent reports today:

“Rupert Murdoch berated journalists on his tabloid papers for not doing enough to stop Labour winning the general election and warned them that the future of the company depended on stopping Ed Miliband entering No 10.”

The story cites unnamed sources who claim the Australian proprietor of the Sun, the Times and the Sunday Times told journalists to step up their attacks on the Labour party leader ahead of the election.

The motivation, they claim, is Labour’s plans to cap media ownership at 34 per cent, thereby lowering the threshold for monopoly control of the British press, and its support for a Leveson-style independent press regulator backed by statute.

As one source said:

“Rupert made it very clear he was unhappy with The Sun’s coverage of the election. He basically said the future of the company was at stake and they need to get their act together.”

Murdoch is said to have flown into London in February to meet with ‘senior Tories’ including chief whip and former Times executive Michael Gove, and told Sun editor David Dinsmore that he wanted to see ‘much sharper’ attacks on Miliband in the Sun’s coverage.

Sun spokesman told the Independent its coverage is informed by the parties’ approach to ‘the issues that matter most to our readers’, adding: “If Ed Miliband wants to ignore the concerns of Sun readers we feel it is our responsibility to reflect that decision.”

MediaWatch has been reporting on the Sun’s biased election coverage for weeks, which has been blatant and gross even by the standards of the British press. We were the first to cover the paper’s Buzzfeed-style election website, SunNation, which is full of anti-Labour propaganda, including a shoot-em-up video game that depicts Miliband and his party as flesh-eating zombies.

THE SUN FRONT PAGE 19.03.15. Georges epic strut Budget

We revealed how the SunNation website told readers to switch to Sky Sports during Ed Miliband’s interview with Jeremy Paxman, and have charted the Sun’s biased election coverage through the budget and the rest of the campaign. Just last week the Sun said anyone who thought Miliband could run the economy more sensibly than David Cameron needed a psychiatrist.

MediaWatch has also reported on the Murdochization of the Times newspaper and biased coverage in titles not owned by the bossy Aussie.

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We can’t verify the claims in the Independent story, but they certainly seem plausible judging by the paper’s rush of blood in February and March, its relentless personal attacks on Ed Miliband and its laughably partisan election coverage.

Adam Barnett is a staff writer at Left Foot Forward. Follow MediaWatch on Twitter

8 Responses to “Rupert Murdoch ‘berated’ Sun staff for not bashing Miliband enough, reports Independent”

  1. Selohesra

    Whereas of course Mirror/BBC /Guardian all report everything without the slightest hint of bias!
    Actually I don’t blame Rupert for having a pop at Labour it was their banging on about phone hacking adding flames to the incorrect Guardian story that caused NotW to be closed down – where was the similar outrage over the Mirror hackers?

  2. Cole

    That old fart Murdoch should stop interfering in our elections.

  3. Leon Wolfeson

    Of course you don’t blame people with your Common Cause.

  4. James Chilton

    There is no such thing as politics without partisan sources of information. It’s one of the consequences of having civil liberty.

  5. Cole

    Are you seriously suggesting that the BBC and Guardian are anything like The Sun – and the rest of the smearing Tory media for that matter? The BBC reports news pretty straight – which the right wingers can’t abide.

  6. Leon Wolfeson

    As I said, Cole, complain (officially). Unless people complain, no action will occur.

  7. Matthew Blott

    Exactly. There’s always some cunt makes that comparison.

  8. AlanGiles

    I shouldn’t think many people mourn the passing of the scabrous News Of The World, with their blatant double standards – outrage at philandering pop stars on one page, with dozens of whores calling cards (sorry “classifieds”) on the opposite page

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