Ruthie is right to worry about Rupert Murdoch's prospective takeover of the Wall Street Journal. Mr Murdoch's networks have shown a rather cavalier regard for the truth in the past. Perhaps most damaging as Ruthie notes is the Murdoch network's coverage of China which has been distorted definitely by the tycoon's media interests. The UK Times has run interviews with the Chinese President in which human rights were not mentioned. Murdoch's companies in the UK have sacked journalists like Jonathan Fenby who are critical of the current Chinese government, ceased publishing biographies by senior British Political figures like Chris Patten because of their critiques of the Chinese government and in America removed stories about Chinese diplomats enjoying the company of strippers. Mr Murdoch's further participation in the media is not to be welcomed- increasingly this propriator seems less concerned by reporting the facts than by reporting what his commercial interests would lead him to notice.