Rupert Murdoch on Zero Dark Thirty drama: ‘Could inflame the Arab world’

Zero Dark Thirty directed by Kathryn Bigelow (image from

Zero Dark Thirty directed by Kathryn Bigelow (image from

The News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has warned his followers on Twitter that the US Oscar contender focusing on the decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, “could inflame the Arab world.”

The media mogul tweeted that he “just saw Zero Dark Thirty” directed by James Cameron’s ex- wife, the Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow. The film received mixed reviews when it arrived in theaters across America for its depiction of torture, among other controversial issues.

Describing it as a “gripping film” Murdoch pointed out that the “coming debate on torture should include all sides, but won’t.” 

Last week the acting head of the CIA, Michael Morell, wrote a statement to CIA employees to “put into some context” the drama whose title is a military terminology for half past midnight, the time at which the hunt of Osama bin Laden by the CIA was scheduled to take place.

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