Rupert Murdoch has apologized for his tweet Saturday night about the Jewish-owned press being ‘anti-Israel’. The News Corp. owner tweeted a sequence of comments about the coverage of the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict.
The avowed supporter of Israel also took to Twitter to call the coverage of events in Gaza by the CNN and AP biased to the point of embarrassment. However, Murdoch’s apology wasn’t as quick to come, and followed some backlash from journalists.
Daily Beast’s Peter Beinhart slammed Murdoch in his article saying, "Murdoch’s tweet is more than just dumb. It’s also offensive, both to journalists and Jews."
According to Telegraph editor Damian Thompson, "Multiple sources on the internet allege that Rupert himself is a Jew/lizard, but I don't think that's what he had in mind."
Realizing the mounting intensity of the situation, Murdoch decided to tweet an apology. He tweeted:
",Jewish owned press" have been sternly criticised, suggesting link to Jewish reporters.Don't see this, but apologise unreservedly.— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) November 18, 2012
Murdoch’s controversial tweets came as the White House said that Israel had the right to defend itself against attack and decide how to respond to rocket fire from Gaza Strip. The stance was reinforced by President Obama during his visit to Burma. It is needless to mention that for Israel supporters like Murdoch this was the moment to comment.
Obama making excellent statements on Israeli situation, but if they don't deter Hamas and Iran more than words will be needed. Getting ugly.— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) November 18, 2012