Ink Diaries: Thanks Rupert Murdoch and Friends

Dear Rupert Murdoch and Friends,

I have to express my appreciation for the way you and your team diligently communicated throughout the presidential election crisis of 2020. I’m also grateful for those communications now becoming public through court proceedings in the Dominion lawsuit you now face. You and your team manged to document so well how you kept the circus going in 2020. The fact that it is all tumbling out now more than makes up for the COVID 19 caused delay in producing James Graham’s play Ink at PlayHouse on the Square in Memphis. It helps our rescheduled presentation seem even more timely and I dare say, fun.

My gratitude is for how well it is providing fodder for discussion in our rehearsal process. Allowing things to keep bouncing in the news as we near our performances beginning on March 24 is fantastic. No one knows if it will help our sales or have the opposite effect. That remains to be seen. But you sure are giving this collection of artists assembled to tell this story more imptetus to dig in and keeping honing our efforts as we go about our merry elite way.

Of course no one with half a brain is suprised at the things we’re reading and hearing. Although some of the details spill out like the juicy tabloid twaddle you love so much, and in turn are reported by other news organizations with breathless velocity, we’ve all known how Fox News operates for some time now. You’ve taught us all so well. We use your fabulous statement “It’s not red or blue, it is green” in every rehearsal each day.

Especially fun is the fact that your news organization has been revealed to be no different than your entertainment evening headlineers. That certainly is not much of a surprise to us working on the play. The fact that you’ve been able to keep it going since the 1969/70 dates of our play is an astounding display of business acumen and insight that must delight you with how easy it was to con so many easy marks.

Oh, and that Tucker Carlson fellow? I sure hope he keeps on digging deeper holes for you and your organization to dig out of. At least for the next few weeks. The only thing better would be for you to fire him before we open because the headlines that would generate would only help our publicity efforts. Although I’m not sure you can run enough pillow ads to cover the attorney fees that would generate.

As you can surmise, we’re rooting for you to keep on fighting through our run that closes on April 16th. We know it’s painful when the media and others reveal secrets and pile on folks who think they’ve done nothing wrong in advancing their own economic interests. I’d like to say we feel your pain but that would be a lie. I don’t think any of us involved have experienced such a historic comeuppance.

Best wishes in your efforts and as you know so well, it’s not red or blue, it is green.


Warner Crocker

Director, Ink at Playhouse on the Square

March 24-April 16th

Author: Warner Crocker

I stumble through life as a theatre director and playwright as well as a gadget geek...commenting along the way. Every day I learn something new is a good day, so I share what I find exciting, new, stupid and often worthwhile.

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