Rupert Murdoch encouraging Mike Bloomberg to run for president
Rumors of intrigue surround Fox News and its treatment of Donald Trump. And now, the king of the News Corporation media empire, Rupert Murdoch, has entered the fray with a tweet encouraging fellow New York billionaire media mogul Michael Bloomberg to run for president:
This is Bloomberg's last chance. You never know until your hat is in the ring! Events change everything, especially during elections.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 27, 2016
At Breitbart, Julia Hahn sees Murdoch as a globalist/open borders guy who is sabotaging Donald Trump:
Murdoch’s support of open borders immigration policies has been identified as a potential conflict of interest for years. As ABC reported in 2013:
Murdoch, Australian born and a naturalized U.S. citizen, has become an outspoken advocate for immigration reform and mass legalization of the country’s undocumented immigrants, partnering with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in this cause. Whether Murdoch’s personal views will percolate through his network, or at least temper criticism on the airwaves of those who don’t share it, remains to be seen.
In 2013, during the Rubio-Schumer Gang of Eight push, Mickey Kaus similarly pointed out:
In 2007, John McCain’s “comprehensive” immigrant-legalization bill failed after opponents flooded the Senate with calls, shutting down the switchboard… It won’t be that easy this time… The GOP donor class is asserting itself… One of the more influential members of this “donorist” class is Rupert Murdoch, which means that FOX News has for all intents and purposes switched sides, giving immigration “comprehensivists” a monopoly in the MSM–five networks to none.
Indeed, Murdoch has himself expressed his support for large-scale immigration. In a 2014 op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal’s open borders opinion pages, titled, “Immigration Reform Can’t Wait,” Murdoch wrote:
When I learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had lost his Republican primary, my heart sank. Not simply because I think he is an intelligent and talented member of Congress, or because I worry about the future of the Republican Party. Like others who want comprehensive immigration reform, I worried that Mr. Cantor’s loss would be misconstrued and make Congress reluctant to tackle this urgent need. That would be the wrong lesson and an undesirable national consequence of this single, local election result.
In his Wall Street Journal op-ed, Murdoch echoed Rubio’s position on granting citizenship to illegal immigrants. Murdoch wrote, “We need to give those individuals who are already here… a path to citizenship.” Murdoch even decried Americans who opposed amnesty as, “nativists who scream about amnesty” — a statement which is perhaps even more significant given the fact that Murdoch is himself a beneficiary of the nation’s generous immigration policy.
Murdoch praised President Obama for showing “wise restraint” on immigration, even though, at the time of Murdoch’s writing, Obama had already implemented his first unconstitutional executive amnesty, giving away American jobs to illegal aliens — including the jobs of black Americans whose have suffered some of the greatest harms from mass immigration.
Others speculate that Murdoch has taken over the reins at FNC.
My guess (and that is all it is) is that Rupert is having some fun with his friend Bloomberg, teasing him about old age. How many peers are there for two old guys running media empires with fortunes into 11 figures?
Meanwhile, The Slammer comments visually: