Holidaying Rupert Murdoch on Twitter: 'Broke' Britons Take Too Many Holidays

  on January 03 2012 5:16 AM
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News Corp chief executive Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter in December Reuters

Within 48 hours of joining Twitter, Rupert Murdoch drew some ire because of his rude comment on Britons.

The 80-year-old wrote: Maybe Brits have too many holidays for broke country! at @rupertmurdoch while he was vacationing in the Caribbean along with his family on Jan. 1.

However, the founder of the News Corporation, the world’s second largest media conglomerate, was soon prompted by his wife to delete the tweet, which could get him into a controversy at the start of the year.

Wendi Deng, Murdoch’s third and current wife, wrote: “RUPERT!!! delete tweet!”

As he deleted the first post of his stint with online media, Deng wrote: “Explaining to @rupertmurdoch about being careful with humor on line. sometimes it comes out as rude!”

It seemed as if Murdoch tried to assert his move, for he wrote – “I'm getting killed for fooling around here and friends frightened what I may really say!” Rest of his tweets included comments on politics, films and society.

He supported Rick Santorum, praised Obama’s decision on terrorist detention, revealed his New Year's resolution and wished for jobs for young in the New Year. Some posts on his Twitter account @rupertmurdoch read:

“My resolutions, try to maintain humility and always curiosity. And of course diet!”

“Good to see santorum surging in Iowa. Regardless of policies, all debates showed principles, consistency and humility like no other.”

 “Can't resist this tweet, but all Iowans think about Rick Santorum. Only candidate with genuine big vision for country.”

“Happy 2012. May itbe better than all experts predict. Has to be! Must change everything to create jobs for all, especiallyyoung”

“Obama decision on terrorist detention very courageous - and dead right!”

Murdoch had to shut down his biggest-selling newspaper the “News of the World” following allegations of a phone-hacking scandal in July 2011. Often called a media mogul, he has pulled over 79,000 followers so far and has 24 tweets.

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