After Rupert Murdoch paid a visit to the Wall Street Journal newsroom yesterday, Reuters reporter Robert Macmillan attempted to interview the mogul as he walked out of the building. Here’s how it went:
MacMillan: Hello, Mr. Murdoch, I’m Robert MacMillan. I work for Reuters.
Murdoch: Oh, really!
MacMillan: I just wanted to ask –
Security guard #1: (grabs MacMillan’s arm and pulls him away from Murdoch)
MacMillan: Can you tell me what you talked to the editors about? (To security guard) Please don’t touch me.
MacMillan: And can you tell me also –
MacMillan: You were seen with Anderson Cooper at Sun Valley. I wonder if you’re interested in having him at the Fox Business Channel.
MacMillan: Are you planning to increase the number of employees at The Wall Street Journal?
Murdoch: I’m not talking to Reuters.
Security guard #2: Stay away! Stay away!
(Murdoch exits building. Second security guard blocks door to prevent MacMillan from following.)
Ladies and gentlemen, freedom of the press!