Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Nov. 27
Murdoch Gets Bad Advice from Aides, Says Local Publisher
San Diegan Bob Page, who worked for embattled publisher Rupert Murdoch for five years, says News Corp.'s Murdoch "is the smartest fox in the forest" and will probably emerge cleanly from the phone-hacking scandal involving one of his British publications, which has been closed.
Page owns San Diego Metro Magazine, North Park News, Kensington News, and West Coast Craftsman. He worked for Murdoch in acquisitions and was publisher of papers in San Antonio, Boston, and Chicago. After an "exhilarating five years" with Murdoch, Page and a group of investors bought the Chicago Sun-Times from him in 1986.
Page sold out three years later; those who stayed sold to Conrad Black, who went to prison. "Some of the Englishmen and Aussies do things they think [Murdoch] wants them to do, but he doesn't want them to do," says Page.
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