Famous Rupert Murdoch Quotes on Change, Success and CNN

Change

it is time for change. I just hope the right people give the right leadership.

Can we change the world? No, but hell, we can all try.

Climate change and energy use are global problems. News Corp is a global company. Our operations affect the environment all over the world.

Climate change poses clear, catastrophic threats. We may not agree on the extent, but we certainly can’t afford the risk of inaction.

I think we’ve been an agent for change, everywhere, and I think change frightens people. They’re going nicely in what seems like a settled industry, and someone comes in and says “I can do this better. It doesn’t matter how nice that other one is.” That’s one of the distinguishing points of our acquisitions.

I would like to be remembered, if I am remembered at all, as being a catalyst for change in the world, change for good.

I’m a catalyst for change. You can’t be an outsider and be successful over 30 years without leaving a certain amount of scar tissue around the place.

Imagine if we succeed in inspiring our audiences to reduce their own impacts on climate change by just one percent. That would be like turning the State of California off for almost two months.

People are reading news for free on the web, that’s got to change.

The Internet has been the most fundamental change during my lifetime and for hundreds of years.

When you’re a catalyst for change, you make enemies – and I’m proud of the ones I’ve got.

The Internet has been the most fundamental change during my lifetime and for hundreds of years. Someone the other day said, “It’s the biggest thing since Gutenberg,” and then someone else said “No, it’s the biggest thing since the invention of writing.”

Success & Failure

John Marks Templeton has achieved exemplary success in both business and philanthropy. For Looking Forward he has assembled a diverse and remarkable group of experts in their fields-including the environment, medicine, the physical sciences, religion, the family, and international relations-and contributed two stellar pieces as well. Together these essays dispel fashionable pessimism and show how the world can progress-and is progressing-toward a better future.

We’ve got to get rid of the fear of failure in this country. In America, people start things, fail and shake themselves down and start things again. The animal spirit of capitalism is stronger there.

Successful workers will be those who embrace a lifetime of learning. Those who don’t will be left behind.

on CNN

CNN is pretty consistently on the left, if you look at their choice of stories, what they play up. It’s not what they say. It’s what they highlight.

I am amazed that CNN can’t get its act together.

Well, except for ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, New York Times, the Washington Post, and about another 100 newspapers, I find little evidence of liberal bias in the media.

Money

Money is not the motivating force. It’s nice to have money, but I don’t live high. What I enjoy is running the business.

We’re not spending enough money, but probably we let the teachers unions set curriculas which don’t teach them the right things. There’s not emphasis on the …the basic learning that you need if you’re going to go on in a college and into post-graduate work.

Don’t let’s lose sight of what creates wealth. It is open markets, it is capitalism.

Short Quotes

Monopoly is a terrible thing, till you have it.

makes us more competitive.

When I hear something going wrong, I insist on it being put right.

Since when are Egyptians not white? All I know are.

The current days of the Internet will soon be over.

I think everyone’s against abortion.

I felt that it’s best just to be as transparent as possible.

I have never asked a prime minister for anything

I challenge anybody to show me an example of bias in Fox News Channel.

I’ve operated and launched newspapers all over the world.

If you want to judge my thinking, look at The Sun.

Everybody at home speaks mandarin except me.

I did not come all this way not to interfere

Other

Advances in the technology of telecommunications have proved an unambiguous threat to totalitarian regimes everywhere.

All forms of government ultimately are not going to succeed in trying to control or censor the Internet.

As an immigrant, I chose to live in America because it is one of the freest and most vibrant nations in the world. And as an immigrant, I feel an obligation to speak up for immigration policies that will keep America the most economically robust, creative and freedom-loving nation in the world.

As with all politically lead governments, foreign investment is the slowest in the media section. Politicians are somewhat paranoid about the media but we still think it’s worthwhile.

Becoming carbon neutral is only the beginning. The climate problem will not be solved by one company reducing its emissions to zero, and it won’t be solved by one government acting alone. The climate problem will not be solved without mass participation by the general public in countries around the globe.

Elections are when you have to make a choice. Perfection not often attainable!

Endemic is a very hard, a very wide ranging word. I also have to be very careful not to prejudice the course of justice that is taking place now.

For better or for worse, our company (The News Corporation Ltd.) is a reflection of my thinking, my character, my values.

I can go into restaurants and a whole table will get up and clap if they recognize me, because they love Fox News. Other places – or even the same place – people will turn the other way.

I feel that people I trusted – I don’t know who, on what level – have let me down, and I think they have behaved disgracefully, and it’s for them to pay. And I think, frankly, that I’m the best person to see it through.

I have to admit that, until recently, I was somewhat wary of the (global) warming debate. I believe it is now our responsibility to take the lead on this issue.

I think a newspaper should be provocative, stir ’em up, but you can’t do that on television. It’s just not on.

I’m not an economist and we all know economists were created to make weather forecasters look good.

I think it is wonderful.We’ve got to decide in this country who we are.We made a momentous decision.It’s a bit like a prison break.

I think the important thing is that there be plenty of newspapers, with plenty of different people controlling them, so that there are a variety of viewpoints, so there is a choice for the public. This is the freedom of the press that is needed.

I think you have a danger of regulating, putting regulations in place which will mean there will be no press in 10 years to regulate.

I try to keep in touch with the details… I also look at the product daily. That doesn’t mean you interfere, but it’s important occasionally to show the ability to be involved. It shows you understand what’s happening.

I was absolutely shocked, appalled and ashamed when I heard about the Milly Dowler case only two weeks ago.

I’m a strange mixture of my mother’s curiosity; my father, who grew up the son of the manse in a Presbyterian family, who had a tremendous sense of duty and responsibility; and my mother’s father, who was always in trouble with gambling debts.

I’m considered homophobic and crazy about these things and old fashioned. But I think that the family – father, mother, children – is fundamental to our civilisation.

I’m not a knee-jerk conservative. I passionately believe in free markets and less government, but not to the point of being a libertarian.

I’m not ashamed of any of my papers at all and I’m rather sick of snobs that tell us that they’re bad papers, snobs who only read papers that no one else wants. I doubt if they read many papers at all.

I’ve always been more interested in the content of our newspapers, political positions day to day, the thrill of communicating with people through words that I am in the pure business aspects.

If the head man in a company is not working 12 hours a day, doing things, taking risks, but also standing with his people in the trenches at the most difficult of times, then the company loses something.

In motivating people, you’ve got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example – and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved.

Is there any other industry in this country which seeks to presume so completely to give the customer what he does not want?

It’s a libel to say that I use my newspapers to support my other business interests. The fact is, I haven’t got any other business interests.

Journalists should think of themselves as outside the Establishment, and owners can’t be too worried about what they’re told at their country clubs.

Keith Olbermann is trying to make a business out of destroying Bill O’Reilly. He’s done certain things to Bill O’Reilly that I believe were way over the line. I think that’s bad behavior. But it’s okay for him to criticize Bill. And Bill shouldn’t be so sensitive. He should ignore that.

Look, the whole world wants to modernize, and when you look to what they mean by modernizing, they mean Americanize. Would a modern Greek prefer to live in Orange County than Piraeus? Yes. Absolutely.

Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible,

Most newspaper companies still have their heads in the sand, but other media companies are aggressive.

Much of what passes for quality on British television is no more than a reflection of the narrow elite which controls it and has always thought that its tastes were synonymous with quality.

My father left me with a clear sense that the media was something different.

My worry about the New York Times is that it’s got the only position as a national elitist general-interest paper. So the network news picks up its cues from the Times. And local papers do too. It has a huge influence. And we’d love to challenge it.

News – communicating news and ideas, I guess – is my passion. And giving people alternatives so that they have two papers to read (and) alternative television channels.

News Corporation, today, reaches people at home and at work… when they’re thinking… when they’re laughing… and when they are making choices that have enormous impact. The unique potential.. and duty.. of a media company are to help its audiences connect to the issues that define our time.

No one’s going to be able to operate without a grounding in the basic sciences. Language would be helpful, although English is becoming increasingly international. And travel. You have to have a global attitude.

One thing I resent is the slur that I just support political candidates because of the business.

Our reputation is more important than the last hundred million dollars.

Satellite broadcasting makes it possible for information-hungry residents of many closed societies to bypass state-controlled television channels.

Size and synergies between the different segments of the company matter. As far as we are concerned, the Internet is broadening our opportunity, as well as for other big media companies with huge resources in sports, entertainment and news. There’s just more opportunity.

So long as I can stay mentally alert – inquiring, curious – I want to keep going. I love my wife and my children, but I don’t want to sit around at home with them. We go on safaris and things like that. I can do that for a couple of weeks a year. I’m just not ready to stop, to die.

Some of our businesses use more energy than others, but our strategy everywhere is the same.. first, reduce our use of energy as much as possible. Then, switch to renewable sources of power where it makes economic sense. And, over time, as a last resort, offset the emissions we can’t avoid.

Somebody talked me into writing an autobiography about six or seven years ago. And I said I’d try. We talked into a tape recorder, and after a couple of months, I said, To hell with it. I was so depressed. It was like saying, ‘This is the end.’ I was more interested in what the hell was coming the next day or the next week.

The buck stops with me, but I can tick off dozens of very good senior executives that are responsible for hundreds or thousands of people who work for me.

The reality is that we’ve seen the last of any serious price wars for a long time. I don’t think any of the others could afford it, certainly not on a long-term basis.

The UK desperately needs less government and freer markets.

The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.

There is so much media now with the Internet and people, and so easy and so cheap to start a newspaper or start a magazine, there’s just millions of voices and people want to be heard.

To find something comparable, you have to go back 500 years to the printing press, the birth of mass media – which, incidentally, is what really destroyed the old world of kings and aristocracies. Technology is shifting power away from the editors, the publishers, the establishment, the media elite. Now it’s the people who are taking control.

We certainly employ a lot of immigrants at Fox… and we do not take any consistent anti-immigrant line.

We could make a difference just by holding our emissions steady as our businesses continue to grow. But that doesn’t seem to be enough: we want to go all the way to zero. Today, I am announcing our intention to be carbon neutral, across all our businesses, by 2010.

We must have sweeping, generous immigration reform, make existing law- abiding Hispanics welcome. Most are hard working family people.

We’re not a manufacturer, or an airline, but we do use energy. Printing and publishing newspapers, producing films, broadcasting television signals, operating 24-hour newsrooms. It all adds carbon to the atmosphere.

We’re starting with our own carbon footprint. Not nothing. But much of what we’re doing is already, or soon will be, little more than the standard way of doing business. We can do something that’s unique, different from just any other company. We can set an example, and we can reach our audiences. Our audience’s carbon footprint is 10,000 times bigger than ours. That’s the carbon footprint we want to conquer.

We’ve got to lift our game tremendously. We’ll sell our business news and information in print, we’ll sell it to anyone who’s got a cable system, and we’ll sell it on the Web.

While we reduce our own carbon footprint we will encourage the companies who truck our DVDs and newspapers, sell us paper, and provide an enormous range of products and services.. to all contribute.

Why is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?

Why would I spend $5 billion for something in order to wreck it?

You can’t build a strong corporation with a lot of committees and a board that has to be consulted every turn. You have to be able to make decisions on your own.

You’ve got to look for a gap, where competitors in a market have grown lazy and lost contact with the readers or the viewers.