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Lawyer behind the fox throne

Los Angeles — In early 2019, when the Murdochs completed the $ 71 billion sale of 21st Century Fox to Disney, movie studio executives learned that someone was reading all the emails. And not everyone. Fox Corp. Viet Dinh, CEO of Fox and a close friend of Lachlan Murdoch, has invited a team of lawyers to investigate “potential improper use of Fox data” by 21st Century Fox’s top executives. Executives suspected of leaking to Disney while the terms were still being set out, according to a Fox spokeswoman. The studio’s president, Peter Rice, and the company’s legal counsel, Gerson Zweifachi, say they’re just doing their usual transition plans, and Din is very delusional and can blow up the deal. I protested that I had sex. Sign up for The Morning Newsletter for the New York Times. This episode did not close the deal. However, a previously unreported conflict between Studio Executives and Din, a sociable and relentless Republican lawyer who was the chief architect of the Patriot Act in 2001, known as the Patriot Act, is Rupert. You can rarely get a glimpse of the opaque power structure of Murdoch’s world. Through News Corporation and Fox Corporation, non-elderly mogul is exercising immeasurable power in driving the global wave of right-wing populism. But the basic elements of how his media company operates remain a mystery. In the case of Fox Corporation, the question of who is in charge and what will happen in the future is particularly vague. The company is a medium-sized television company that is currently drifting into the landscape of giants such as Disney and AT & T, who control everything from mobile networks to streaming platforms, movies and television, with the exception of studios. Fox’s profits are dominated by Fox News. James, the more liberal brother of Lachlan Murdoch, who no longer has an operational role in the family business, has revealed that he wants to see change. And those who knew Lachlan Murdoch since the studio was sold said Los Angeles wasn’t very kind to him and his family. If you’re a studio boss hiring an actor or director, Hollywood can overlook your embarrassing right-wing cable interests. But after Disney’s sale, and after the January 6 Parliamentary rebellion, Murdoch risked becoming a social parliament. James Murdoch didn’t help when he complained to the Financial Times about “outlets that spread lies to their audience.” Last month, Lachlan Murdoch moved his family to Sydney, Australia. This is an unlikely location for a company whose main asset is American. This move strengthened the perception that Murdoch wasn’t holding his reins tight-he waited when Fox News hosts misrepresented their audience about COVID-19 last year. The company is having a hard time refuting that perception. A Fox spokeswoman said Murdoch is so enthusiastic about adopting a nocturnal lifestyle that works from midnight to 10 am Sydney time. (She also said it was “false and malicious” to suggest that Din was in control of Fox’s business units.) One of Fox’s senior employees called me last week. And it’s a confusing situation that asks if I know. Anything about succession planning. I promised to talk to him once I understood it. However, 53-year-old Dinh is ready to intervene and has been considered internally as a company power center even before Murdoch traveled around the world. Din’s rise caps the unlikely turn of his career that began when he met Lachlan Murdoch at a 2003 Aspen Institute event. Murdoch’s heirs later asked him to both fill the board of directors of the company and become his son the godfather. (“He couldn’t find another Catholic,” Din joked to the New York Observer in 2006. A particularly impractical CEO. (Fox has a good grasp of public relations. Din does not do day-to-day programming, but manages the political operations of the company, which is a central pillar of the Republican Party. Politics, and he Is an important voice of corporate strategy that has played a role in Fox’s willingness to pave the way for and partner with the global online gambling industry. In a recent interview with legal writer David Rat, “Viet. Is Din the Most Powerful Lawyer in America? ”—Din calls in this column and the Financial Times the proposal that he is more than a humble in-house lawyer as“ completely false. ” “It’s not only wrong to give me a role other than my day-to-day duties that oversees legal, regulatory, and government operations, but I have much more time than it really is. “It means,” he told Rat in his original jurisdiction newsletter. “Laclan hired me for a full-time job, which can hardly be managed 24 hours a day.” But his Massive compensation ($ 24 million in 2019, $ 12 million last year after abandoning many Pandemic salaries) is an unusually close personal to the high stakes conflict in the Disney deal and Murdoch. A family who believes in it as well as episodes such as Connections. Din, who refused through a company spokeswoman to be interviewed, is an amazing person who plays a central role in overseeing the Trump movement’s most powerful megaphone. He is part of a close and elite group of conservative lawyers who hated Donald Trump’s bombs and contempt for the law — he is said to regularly ridicule the former president privately. Masu — they appreciated his judicial appointment and several other policies, and Din is not only a member of the group, but also its true star. From Vietnam, arriving at the age of 10. Refugees once told VietLife magazine “cleaning toilets, table baths, pumping gas, picking berries, repairing cars” to help families manage. He said he did. He attended Harvard University and Harvard Law School. As a student, he wrote a powerful New York Times editorial about Vietnamese refugees (including his sister and nephew) stuck in Hong Kong. This work helped them gain refugee status and eventually allowed them to emigrate to the United States. Din arrives with the conservative politics of many refugees from Communism, from the Supreme Court clerk with Judge Sandra Day O’Connor to the pipeline to Bill Clinton’s role in the 1990s parliamentary investigation I followed. He was the Deputy Prosecutor of Legal Policy on 9/11 and was the “fifth most likely person” to quarterback the Patriot Act, his old friend and colleague, and now Paul Clement, who represents Fox in the defamation proceedings, said. According to two election technology companies. “We led the effort to put it all together, package it, present it to Hill, and let it pass,” said Ken Waynestein, a former Bush White House home security adviser. The legislative package has changed the state of security in the United States and has greatly expanded its domestic oversight and law enforcement powers. It allowed the FBI to conduct secret and intrusive investigations of people and groups swept away by the extended definition of terrorism. Din was often referred to in the Supreme Court at the time as a talented young lawyer who could easily end the first Asian Americans. He was also particularly image-sensitive and “worked crazy in the media,” recalled former Times Washington bureau chief and later editor-in-chief Jill Abramson. He is also a Master Washington Networker whose relationship crosses party boundaries. His best friend is Preet Barara, a former US lawyer for democracy. Throughout the pandemic, Din left Chipper’s comment on announcing the work of another lawyer on LinkedIn. Din left the government for private practice during President George W. Bush’s first term, establishing and selling Bankloft, Washington’s high-end law firm. He is a connected workaholic and has built a reputation as a man who goes out for drinks at lunch. He is not the kind of boss who worried about his employees burning out. His view was that “the less you have to think about where the driver is, the more work you can do.” Former assistant Lindsey Shea described him as a devoted mentor. Din’s close relationship with Murdoch was criticized in 2011 when he played a central role in a nominally independent investigation of telephone hacking by British Murdoch journalists. Din resigned from Foxboard in 2018 to take on legal work. In connection with the establishment of the Republican Party, former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan joined the company’s board of directors in 2019. He then builds his own secret political activity at Fox and develops a strategy to counter it by hiring top Republican opposition researcher Radisher to monitor the company’s online criticism. Now Din has noticed that he is in many strange positions with Rupert Murdoch’s top lieutenant. He is paid like a CEO and plays many of the larger strategic roles associated with his work. He also has the kind of leverage you need for your family business. It is a personal relationship with Lachlan Murdoch that allowed him to take on Rice, the son of Rupert Murdoch’s close ally. But Dinh works for businesses like Newsmax, dominated by the need to chase the Trump and Fox audience everywhere so they don’t get overtaken by the network on the right. And the family finally retains control. And Din’s own agenda can be difficult to sanctify. In an interview with Rat, he reiterated most of Fox News’ story about the quality and fairness of network coverage. He also took pride in Fox’s fleeting willingness to cross the president last fall, even though the network subsequently fired Trump’s most offensive political analysts. “Fox News’s historical record of good journalism is better than seeing how the former president tweeted to Fox,” Din said. This article was originally published in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times Company