“The media to me is like the same thing as the telephone,” he said. While clearly intriguing, his analogy begged for further explanation. Mr. Packer was happy to oblige. “Instead of calling my folks, let’s say, I’ll go on TV,” he said. “My mom will usually call back later saying: ‘Hi, Greg, this is Mom. You won’t believe this, but we saw you on TV at the …’ ” Just fill in the blank.

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