Boris Johnson and Rupert Murdoch …

https://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/07/business/media-mr-murdoch-s-war.html April 7, 2003

… In the last several months, the editorial policies of almost all his English-language news organizations have hewn very closely to Mr. Murdoch’s own stridently hawkish political views, making his voice among the loudest in the Anglophone world in the international debate over the American-led war with Iraq.

Mr. Murdoch, however, plays down his personal role in the unanimous views of his papers, explaining that he no longer has the time to dispense day-to-day instructions to his editors or producers. ”I think that all our papers are certainly supportive of the armed forces,” Mr. Murdoch said in an interview last week, ”But that is not me calling the editors.”

Still, he has made no secret of his opinions. ”We can’t back down now, where you hand over the whole of the Middle East to Saddam,” Mr. Murdoch told the Bulletin, an Australian magazine, in February. ”Bush is acting very morally, very correctly,” he said. ”The greatest thing to come of this for the world economy, if you could put it that way, would be $20 a barrel for oil. That’s bigger than any tax cut in any country.”

Boris Johnson welcomes ‘benevolent’ Murdoch and News UK to London Bridge September 17, 2014

[Boris ‘Alien’ Johnson] called The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sun on Sunday, “the four constituent parts of the oldest and most successful union in the history of Fleet Street”. The Tory Mayor went on to praise News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch as a “wise, benevolent, and far-sighted monarchical figure”...

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jan/23/johnson-met-murdoch-on-day-he-signalled-general-election-bid

Boris Johnson saw Rupert Murdoch for a “social meeting” on the day he signalled his intention to seek a general election last year, according to new transparency disclosures.

Johnson saw the media billionaire on 2 September, the day when Downing Street briefed that he would be seeking an autumn election if his Brexit plans were thwarted. In the event the election was pushed back to December.

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