In today's column from luxury magazine Monocle, we learn about Rupert Murdoch and how his reign as a despotic media honcho may have been more consensual and less dictatorial than we might have imagined.

Monocolumn is Monocle's daily bulletin of news and opinion. Catch up with previous editions here.

In times such as these, it is something of a reflex to reach for Baron Macaulay’s well-wearing 180-year-old maxim that, “We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.”

In this time in particular, it is worth persisting with the rest of that particular paragraph of Macaulay’s defensive biography of Lord Byron, where he writes of the tipping moment when “…some unfortunate man, in no respect more depraved than hundreds whose offences have been treated with lenity, is singled out as an expiatory sacrifice.”

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