This shit just got real.
Blood-lusting media madman, Rupert Murdoch, has a history of waging his personal and professional battles through his company-run media outlets and this week he’s taken aim at singer and musician, Antony Hegarty.
Antony and the Johnsons played the first of two sellout shows at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday 31 January, during which he told the audience about his dislike of “Australia’s alma mater, Rupert Murdoch” – referencing Murdoch’s use of his own publications to publicise his own political agendas. Hegarty was referencing the 2008 interview with Walter Mossberg from the Wall Street Journal, during which Murdoch was asked whether he had “anything to do with the New York Post’s endorsement of Barack Obama in the democratic primaries.” Without hesitating, Murdoch replied, “Yeah. He is a rock star.” So much for the notion of nonpartisan ‘free’ press.
Antony also said the Murdoch-owned broadcaster Fox was “full of pig-faces”.
Seven hours after the concert, under the Post’s notorious gossip section, Page Six, the following was posted on the website :
Antony Hegarty (of rock band Antony and the Johnsons) [was seen] losing his temper at hairstylist Jimmy Paul after being told at a party that he was looking “very Tiny Tim”.
(For those of you unfamiliar with Tiny Tim’s work, just know that he’s got a face like a melted candle.)
At their second Opera House show on the following night, Antony told the audience he had received a call from a friend informing him about the Post article. He went on to say that he had never been mentioned in the Post before (it’s true: if you click to find related articles there’s just the sole hit ) and suddenly, less than a day after making his anti-Murdoch statements a negatively skewed post had popped up on a Murdoch-owned website.
Does that mean if we call Rupert Murdoch a dick we will appear in the New York Post too?