Rupert Murdoch Apologizes To Anti-Defamation League For Tweet About ‘Jewish Owned’ Media’s ‘Anti-Israel’ Coverage
Following his controversial tweet about the “Jewish-owned” press consistently being “anti-Israel,” Rupert Murdoch has apologized to the Anti-Defamation League. Murdoch conveyed in apologies, which the ADL accepted, in both a phone call and a letter.
“I feel very strongly about the righteousness of Israeli’s cause, particularly when its citizens are under missile attack,” Murdoch wrote in his letter. “So I do get very upset when I see coverage that I feel is unfair and biased towards Israel. But I should have stuck to the substance of the issue and not bring in irrelevant and incorrect ethnic matters.”
The ADL posted a press release accepting Murdoch’s apology. The organization’s national director, Abraham H. Foxman, issued the following statement:
After speaking with Mr. Murdoch, it is clear that he deeply regretted posting his remark on Twitter and understands how his reference to “Jewish owned media” could play into the age-old anti-Semitic conspiracy theory about “Jewish control” of the news media.
We appreciate his effort to apologize, and to make clear that his remarks were an attempt to defend Israel made at a time when the Jewish state is under direct assault, and were not intended to hurt or to offend.
Murdoch also tweeted somewhat of an apology on Sunday, writing, “’,Jewish owned press’ have been sternly criticised, suggesting link to Jewish reporters. Don’t see this, but apologise unreservedly.”
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