In light of the current scandal surrounding publishing mogul Rupert Murdoch, I thought I’d take a look at his memoir. After all, an 80-year-old man whose professional life revolves around the written word must have penned at least one autobiography, right? Apparently not.
There are plenty of Murdoch biographies, the most recent a 2008 unflattering portrayal, The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the World of Rupert Murdoch, by Michael Wolff. Reportedly, Murdoch cooperated with this biography, but the author turned against him. This drives home the point we make here at Write My Memoirs over and over: own your life story. Even if you’re not the subject of an entire biography and the only press you get is people’s comments about you on Facebook, why would you risk letting other people define you? Write your own story so at least it’s out there as your perception of the truth.
I’m baffled by the lack of a Murdoch memoir. Three years ago in reviewing The Man Who Owns the News, slate.com noted that biographer Wolff found Murdoch “unburdened by [the] human need to be liked??? as well as “bad at explaining himself in interviews and generally devoid of self-awareness.??? So maybe that combination adds up to zero motivation to write about yourself. These days Murdoch may find that he’s asked to explain himself quite a bit, and the dark side of his memoir will more or less write itself.