Media mogul Rupert Murdoch apologized Sunday morning for a tweet criticizing the “Jewish owned press” over its stance on Israel.
“Why is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?” he wrote Saturday evening after a long series of tweets about the ongoing crisis in the Middle East.
Murdoch has been heavily critical of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, recently asking his followers why the president can’t seem to “stop his friends in Egypt shelling Israel.”
“Middle East ready to boil over any day,” he tweeted one minute earlier. “Israel position precarious. Meanwhile watch CNN and AP bias to point of embarrassment.”
The News Corp. CEO is widely regarded as one of the most interesting characters on Twitter. In the past month alone he’s tweeted everything from a review of “Lincoln” to his thoughts on the Petraeus sex scandal to a proposed acquisition of Vice Media. Some comments are met with controversy while others are appreciated and quickly forgotten.
His most recent media critique, however, fits into the former group. After facing backlash from other news outlets — his competitors, we should note — he decided to apologize.
“‘Jewish owned press’ have been sternly criticised,” Murdoch wrote, “suggesting link to Jewish reporters. Don’t see this, but apologise unreservedly.”