Publisher Murdoch's U.S. Track Record, A PEJ Backgrounder

With Rupert Murdoch's $5 billion purchase of Dow Jones now approved by the board, the question focuses even more on how he might operate the company's flagship Wall Street Journal. Those scrutinizing Murdoch's U.S. newspaper holdings for clues to his stewardship of the Journal have frequently cited his in-your-face conservative New York Post tabloid as Exhibit A, and his ownership of papers in Europe as Exhibit B, from the Times of London to the tabloid Sun, complete with topless Page 3 girls.

But what is Murdoch's record in the American newspaper business?

Read the full article Murdoch's Track Record at the Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.

Explore Pew’s new and improved
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Your state's stats are more accessible than ever with our new and improved Fiscal 50 interactive:

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Key changes include:

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Learn more about the new and improved Fiscal 50.