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Murdoch apologizes for ‘Jewish-owned media’ tweet

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November 19, 2012 | 3:54 pm

Rupert Murdoch. Photo by David Shankbone

Rupert Murdoch. Photo by David Shankbone

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch apologized for a tweet in which he slammed the "Jewish owned press" for its "anti Israel" coverage of the Gaza conflict.

Murdoch reportedly received angry responses to his tweet, posted on Saturday, which asked: "Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?"

In a second tweet, Murdoch, who has positioned himself as a supporter of Israel, added, "Middle East ready to boil over any day. Israel position precarious. Meanwhile watch CNN and AP bias to point of embarrassment."

On Sunday, Murdoch tweeted his apology: "'Jewish owned press' have been sternly criticized, suggesting link to Jewish reporters. Don't see this, but apologize unreservedly."

Murdoch is the founder and chief executive of News Corporation, which owns Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and many other media properties.

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