Published: October 22, 2008
Last year, in the gleeful afterglow of his deal for The Wall Street Journal, Rupert Murdoch agreed to cooperate with Michael Wolff, a columnist at Vanity Fair and a longtime chronicler of the media scene, for a book about Mr. Murdoch’s career and family.
Michael Wolff, (left), the author of a biography of Rupert Murdoch.
In early October Mr. Murdoch obtained an early draft of the book, despite a tight embargo on the manuscript, and has raised objections with Doubleday, a division of Random House, about what he said were inaccuracies in the way Mr. Wolff describes relations between Mr. Murdoch and two of his top executives — Mr. Ailes and Peter Chernin, the president of News Corporation. “I’m obviously annoyed that they’re looking at an early version of the book, and a purloined one at that,” Mr. Wolff said in an interview. “In essence News Corp. is holding stolen goods.”