His near-contempt for journalism was focused on one particular figure, Rupert Murdoch. In an unfilmed interview with Jeremy Paxman he accused the media baron of having an anti-establishment attitude which, he said, had undermined “quite reasonable institutions”.
According to Paxman, Philip “exploded” at Murdoch’s name. “It’s Murdoch – it’s the arrival of television, it’s the decline of the print media, it’s the mentality that thrives in the tabloids,” he exclaimed.
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