Joan Baez

Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch, BFF?

November 21, 2010: 10:31 AM ET

Not likely. One is a life-long Democrat. The other runs a right-wing media empire.

Murdoch. Credit: World Economic Forum

The Sunday Guardian, borrowing a phrase and most of its facts from a Woman's Wear Daily piece posted three days earlier, describes Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs as "a major fan" of Rupert Murdoch.

Come again?

Could someone who dated Joan Baez and put Al Gore on his board of directors really be a "fan" of the man who created Fox News?

The peg for both reports is the new iPad-only newspaper called The Daily that Murdoch is said to be assembling on the 26th floor of News Corp.'s (NWS) Manhattan skyscraper. With a staff of more than 100 and a cast of editors from the New York Post, the Atlantic, the Sun, ABC News and the New Yorker, it's set to go live in early 2011 according to WWD and within the next 10 days according to the Guardian.

"There's something all wrong with this," says Michael Wolff, editorial director of the Adweek group and author of The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch.


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