The Atlantic Council awarded Rupert Murdoch their Distinguished Business Leadership Award in 2008, the same year they awarded Tony Blair their Distinguished International Leadership Award. Recipients of such awards from The Atlantic Council read like a Who's Who of the global elite.
But why would The Atlantic Council award Murdoch?
According to William Jasper of The New American:
Aznar very likely had something to do with the Atlantic Council honoring Rupert Murdoch with the Atlantic Council Leadership Award in 2008 for advocating a global NATO, which, since NATO is under the UN Charter, amounts to proposing a global UN military.
[source : “Nations Will Be Redefined” — Rupert Murdoch, The New American, http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/2539-nations-will-be-redefined-%25E2%2580%2594-rupert-murdoch, 26th February 2009]