D’oh! The most powerful dude in Springfield

Rupert Murdoch tops Vanity Fair‘s annual power ranking once again this year.

The New York Times Arthur Sulzberger is at No. 93, NYT foreign affairs columnist Thomas L. Friedman is more powerful at No. 78.

“Murdoch fulfilled a long-held ambition to own The Wall Street Journal after making a stunning, cunning, $5 billion offer for Dow Jones & Co. In typical fashion, he offered more money than anyone in his right mind would have done, ensuring that the Bancroft-family members who controlled the company had little choice but to turn it over. (The wily deal-maker even wrapped up negotiations in time to make his scheduled departure on his new yacht, Rosehearty, which investor Vivi Nevo had returned the day before.)

“The famously hands-on media mogul inspires fear and loathing among Journal employees and readers, but Murdoch, who grew up in the newspaper business, insists his intentions are benign: he says he wants to pour money into the paper to fuel expansion outside of the U.S. and on the Web. And he’ll likely do just that.”

Read the full list: The 2007 New Establishment

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In picture, Murdoch squares off with Homer Simpson, the “crude, overweight, incompetent, intolerant, clumsy, thoughtless and a borderline alcoholic” wonder of the hit serial The Simpsons

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