According to Boing Boing, Rupert Murdoch’s first deleted tweet:
Spoken like a man who sees employees as economic units to be exploited, and not human beings with families and lives.
Hey, Rupe? Maybe they have too long working hours and not enough holidays for a country with so many unemployed people and not enough jobs to go around?
UPDATE: Rupert’s followed up with the surprised “I’m getting killed for fooling around here and friends frightened what I may really say!”
Well, duh. Ordinary people aren’t supposed to hear what the powerful really think of them. The mockery is supposed to be limited to quiet conversations at the Club, or the lobbying to make the average person’s life more difficult to private chit-chats with malleable politicians. Tweeting these thoughts to the world? Nothing good can come of that.
UPDATE #2: Oh, and here’s hoping more CEOs take the advice of smartcompany.com.au, and follow Rupert’s footsteps:
But you don’t have to be on Twitter every five minutes to make a big impression. One tweet a day – as simple as a link to an article you read or a thought from a conversation or meeting you had – can get the ball rolling.
So why not take a leaf out of Rupert Murdoch’s book and get the ball rolling on Twitter this year? But before you do, take a few tips from one of our tech gurus, Paul Wallbank. He’s written a great blog today which has three tips for Rupert Murdoch, which can be summarised as:
Shut up and listen.
It’s about community.
What’s your objective?
Somehow, I suspect the writer of that article had not yet come across Rupert’s deleted tweet.
And what’s with people only working 5 days out of every 7? And the 40 hour work week? Imagine all the things we could achieve as a society if we didn’t allow people to go home and sleep! Or have lunch breaks longer than 5 minutes! Imagine the productivity!
I assume Rupe is all on board with paid vacation days and time-and-a-half penalty rates for public holidays, then? The payroll taxes on that would help decrease the problem of the government going broke from public holidays.
His concern for the UK government going broke would be a little more convincing if his world-wide editorial staff and commentators didn’t spend their days arguing for policy changes that are designed to make governments go broke.
The rancid wingnuts will no doubt justify this Faux Pas by ol Rupe as dementia setting in, or, he really didn’t mean to say it.
For mine, it only further confirms what wing nuts really think, I have no doubt he has said much worse in the past, and such comments been covered up by the fourth estate of which he owns or manipulates lock stock and barrel.
Wingnuts at this socio economic level are the left overs of medieval bully boys, and the other poor sods who support and ingratiate their selves with these miserable arseholes who haven’t got two cents two scratch there own arse with, are abject morons.
Rupe’s dementia is definitely setting in, actually, but its the “make his existing Right-wing beliefs become more outrageous” kind of dementia, not the whoops I posted a bad joke kind (even though those two are related.)
I pray to God he will lose control of the company to its wider shareholders in a peaceful and bloodless coup, and live out the rest of his days in happy powerlessness; and that the shareholders will quickly decide on a strategic shift for the sake of profit, and de-politicise the organisation.
“I pray to God he will lose control of the company to its wider shareholders in a peaceful and bloodless coup, and live out the rest of his days in happy powerlessness;”
I’m afraid I can’t be as gracious as you. I just hope he dies, period. This man and his corrupt media empire, have caused incalculable damage not only to people at a personal level, (telephone hacking) but supporting and helping to brainwash the great un-washed, into supporting wars as fake as a nine bob note. How this man and his family sleep at night has me F!!!!!…
Die yea I hope he dies alright, slowly.
Ha ha, busted, love it!
I’m afraid I can’t be as gracious as you.
I’m only gracious because Christ commands it of me. In my corrupt little human heart, I really burn with anger at Rupert and want him to die.
I just hope he dies, period. This man and his corrupt media empire, have caused incalculable damage not only to people at a personal level, (telephone hacking) but supporting and helping to brainwash the great un-washed, into supporting wars as fake as a nine bob note. How this man and his family sleep at night has me F!!!!!…
He sleeps at night the same way as most other people on this planet who sleep at night – he has convinced himself he is rationally correct and morally sound, more or less, and his opponents are generally all fools or monsters or both.
I hope Rupe lives long enough to see his empire in ruins and his evil spawn (James et al) in jail. Dying is too easy an out. It’s the same reason why you throw dictators into the Hague, not shoot them – let them rot in a cell knowing that everything they ever achieved was for naught in the end, and that history will never remember them as anything except a monster.
I have some hope that Rupe will be brought down in the end. Almost no one under the age of 50 takes him seriously any more. He’s riding the baby boomers – milking their resentments and conning them into voting against their own interests. There are a lot of boomers, sadly, but you can’t fight generational change forever.
Rupe is already being undone. That’s this tweeting, the News of the World affair, the shareholder stirrings about management, etc.
James is a good little capitalist who would throw away most or all of the Newspapers and the politics that come with them tomorrow, if he were in charge. That would leave the TV arms, mainly, and aside from Fox “News” in the U.S., they are much more benign. Australia and Britain certainly would gain a reprieve.
I don’t think its all down to generational change – I’m pretty sure some people under 50 still read newspapers. But maybe you’re right.
And we don’t put tyrants on trial and gaol them primarily as a vindictive punishment, as if we were the Hateful God most Atheists generally consider to dwell within the Abrahamic religions (Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Samartitans, Ba’hai, a couple of others I might have missed.)
Its firstly, a deterrent – “this could be you in this cell one day, Kim Jong Sun.”
Whilst also, its an avenue of hope – “Civilised justice is better than what the Vengeful Mob offers you; they raped Gadaffi to death with a bayonet, I believe?”
Between the threat of the cell, the fear of Real Vengeance, and the hope for something better, we are trying to get any criminal to submit to the rule of law – whether they be a petty 15 year old first time shoplifter or Joseph Stalin.
“He received a boost yesterday when media magnate Rupert Murdoch used his new Twitter account to urge Iowans to back Mr Santorum.”
It’s amusing to contrast News’ coverage of Rupert’s deleted tweet (it’s deleted, why should we reprint it?) with their earlier coverage of other people’s deleted tweets.
Did you see why he deleted it, though? Wendy Deng tweeted something like “Rupert, delete tweet” (I’ve left out the capitals and multiple exclamation marks!) and he dutifully did as commanded, cause he’s caustic but not an idiot.
But the Wendy Deng account, while verified by Twitter, was actually a fake! Now that’s champagne comedy, Colonel 🙂
Thanks for the comment about my Smart Company post.
Although I hadn’t seen Rupert’s first post when I originally wrote the article, I’d suggest it proves my point – it’s best to STFU and listen before blasting away on any public platform and particularly when signing up to social media services.