Rupert Murdoch's advice to Romney: Get some pros on your team
July 1st, 2012
09:59 AM ET
2 years ago

Rupert Murdoch's advice to Romney: Get some pros on your team

(CNN) – Rupert Murdoch offered presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney some unsolicited advice on Twitter Sunday: Lose your friends and hire professionals.

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The message wasn't the first time the 81-year-old News Corporation chairman has used Twitter to offer sharp criticism of Romney. Last week he slammed the former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential candidate for his immigration position.

Murdoch's conglomerate, News Corp., owns media properties across the globe, including the Wall Street Journal and Fox News Channel in the United States. In Britain, his newspaper empire includes The Sun and the Sunday Times. In 2011 and 2012, Murdoch has been embroiled in a scandal involving alleged phone hacking at some of his newspaper holdings.

While some of Murdoch's media titles - including Fox News and the New York Post - carry known conservative leanings editorially, the man himself has been known to support candidates of both parties. In 2006, he was reported to have held a fund-raiser for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, and in 2008, he called then-candidate Barack Obama a "rock star" and praised his education plan. In 2010, News Corp. gave a $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association.

Murdoch, a native of Australia and a naturalized American citizen, is a regular tweeter, sending several messages per week and responding to his followers when they write to him with questions.

Aside from his candid thoughts on Romney, Murdoch also weighed in on this week's bombshell celebrity headline.

"Scientology back in news. Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in hierarchy," Murdoch wrote.

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soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    What Murdoch is really saying is, "Stop the schomoozing." There's more to winning an election than simply raising the most money.

    July 2, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. v_mag

    Here's a prime example of the misunderstanding that people have about citizenship and loyalty to America. Murdoch is Aussie by birth, naturalized American, and totally a country unto himself. His loyalty is to Rupert Murdoch and associated conglomerates. Waiving an American flag at him would produce no feeling of pride or loyalty in him. His country is Murdoch, and all the other countries, including the U.S., are just his to use as he wishes.

    Likewise, Rob-money. If he were a loyal American in the old sense of the word, would he have worked so hard to send our jobs overseas? Would he be hording billions in off-shore accounts and avoiding paying his fair share of taxes? Rob-money's country is the United Dictatorship of Romney, and he will continue to mold the U.S. governement to suit the ends of that country, and in the process, to help out his rich buddies, like Murdoch. And it will be at the expense of normal American workers, the military, and veterans.

    July 2, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. anagram_kid

    vic , nashville ,tn asked – “Why his staff protecting him from media ?”

    Well thanks to the great new inventions ‘radio-with-pictures’ and the ‘internets’ we can actually capture what Gov. Romney is saying and store it FOREVER. This makes it very difficult when he contradicts what he said yesterday.

    July 2, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. SafeJourney

    Murdoch and faux news = Romney and the Repubs

    July 2, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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