Murdoch Uses Sulzberger Image for 'Girly Man' Story

Feud between Journal and Times getting nasty
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2010 12:46 PM CDT
Arthur Sulzberger Jr., in a 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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(Newser) – Rupert Murdoch uses his Wall Street Journal today to tweak rival publisher Arthur Sulzberger of the New York Times. In a collage of photos illustrating a story on feminine-looking men, a familiar image shows up. "There is, in the bottom image of the lower quadrant of a male face, an unmistakable—if you pay attention to such things—dimple and odd right ear," writes Newser founder Michael Wolff at Vanity Fair. "Without a doubt," the Journal picked Sulzberger "as a prime example of its idea of a feminine-looking man."

Murdoch has long thought of Sulzberger as "weak" and "girly," writes Wolff, and he likes to use "the editorial power of his paper to pursue his business goals." He wants to "maul" the Times, and he wants to get under Sulzberger's skin. "This is a psychological warfare side of what’s going to be a very nasty newspaper war."

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