I remember reading William Shawcross’s biography of Rupert Murdoch many years ago, but I never heard the story that David Greenway tells today about his father, Keith Murdoch. According to Greenway, Murdoch’s father was a daring Australian foreign correspondent at Gallipoli, the tragic battle where the British, Australians and New Zealands attempted to invade Europe through its “soft underbelly”. Unfortunately the soft underbelly was anything but and Kemal Ataturk, the man who ultimately founded modern Turkey, entered the world stage here orchestrated the Turkish defense. Murdoch’s father, Keith Murdoch, was on hand as a war correspondent, reported rigorously, then snuck off to pen an 8000-word account of the disaster, thus breaking the British Empire’s censorship policy. In acts of such daring, dynasties are born.
Rupert Murdoch and Gallipoli