Murdoch on Romney: 'Of course I want him to win'
July 2nd, 2012
10:44 AM ET
2 years ago

Murdoch on Romney: 'Of course I want him to win'

(CNN) – After offering presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney the advice to "hire some real pros" Sunday, Rupert Murdoch followed up Monday, saying he was still in Romney's camp – and that he's been taking some heat over his original tweet.

On Sunday, Murdoch's campaign recommendation was candid:

The message wasn't the first time Murdoch 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.

On Monday, Romney's campaign strategist Eric Fehrnstrom responded to Murdoch's tweets on MSNBC.

"We're happy with the team that we have," Fehrnstrom said. "We're happy with the state of the race. I can't respond to every tweet that Mr. Murdoch sends out, but we like the way things are."

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 (147 Responses)
  1. macrasta

    confirmation that FOX is the arm of the GOP.. .. watchout whitehouse.. Murdoch might try to tap your phones ..and still your info...its by any means necessary, right??

    July 2, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Anonymous

    And there you have it folks. The grand old man of poor taste and sleeze is endorsing Mittens. Jaysus, the GOP and Murdock, talk about birds of a feather

    Lucullus, NYC

    July 2, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Danno

    Romney looking to Rupert Murdock for guidance....yeah, that's a good moral compass to follow.

    July 2, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Mor Man NO!

    ATTENTION, ALL YOU TRUE CHRISTIANS, the following is from AP release about Romney's vacation: "Mormonism began in the 1830s when, according to believers, an angel presented another book of scripture to Joseph Smith, the church's founder, called the Book of Mormon"

    And you still want Romney as your President, I think NOT! The scared ritual of wine & bread, Mormans turned it around to water & bread, SAD!

    July 2, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Murdoch and his money should not be allowed into politics via the so call Fox News Channel. They have his slant and report many things with a clear bias against anything that could be seen as not conservative/reactionary politics. News should have as little bias as possible because there will always be some.

    July 2, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    why wouldn't a billionaire media dictator want anything else than someone who will give him what he wants? He will use all his criminal powers (phonetapping, etc) to ensure his high level of income.

    July 2, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    For those who don't know or may have forgotten, Fox News Channel was launched in 1996 to much fanfare and advertising. It was launched just one month prior to the general election. It became immediately apparent that the network was venue for political advertising at discount prices. It eventually became obvious that news "reporting" as opinionated and driven by a right wing bias.

    Despite the efforts of FNC, Democratic President Bill Clinton was re-elected.

    July 2, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. charles

    This dangerous KGB man should shut up.He is the one destroying America through his networks by fooling,dumbing, tapping etc. I wonder why this lier old foreigner has been allowed to polarised the people and making his dirty money. Wake up country men. This man is evil.

    July 2, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Bill in Florida

    On Monday, Romney's campaign strategist Eric Fehrnstrom responded to Murdoch's tweets on MSNBC. "We're happy with the team that we have," Fehrnstrom said. "We're happy with the state of the race. I can't respond to every tweet that Mr. Murdoch sends out, but we like the way things are."

    Sounds like Romney is choosing to ignore Murdoch's advice, as Murdoch feared. Good! This probably assures their defeat in November.

    July 2, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. ObamaJoe

    Rupert is right,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,without Michael Bachamnn,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Mitt has no chance,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,You can have fun to support him,,,,,,,,but invest money on him is a bad business idea,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 2, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. hermes96

    Murdock and Dick Cheney are friends and business partners...ha ha...out to rule the world by force...

    July 2, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. ralph malph

    Hey Murdoch, you want to help Romney in getting some real good advice? Help him tap into the President e-mails and phone calls. You're good at that. Go on, help your boy. We know you've done it before. Do your thing Rupert! Anyway, what do you care? Aren't you from another land?

    July 2, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. edpeters101

    Perfect match.. Murdoch and Mitt! Two people who care only about money and the hell with the other 99.5%!

    July 2, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. edpeters101

    Perfect match; Mudoch and Mitt, two people who only care about the money and the hell with the 99.5!

    July 2, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. lolo

    This Republican party is full of nuts and not one of them are up to no good. These people think that their way is the only way to survive. First of all they need to stay out of people's personal lives. For a party that hates the government they sure do want the government involved in rights for women, abortion, guns, voting and health care and anything else. Wake up America.

    July 2, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    yet another reminder as to why our good neighbors to the north in Canada will not broadcast Ruppy's slimeball entertainment masquerading as news station.

    July 2, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Dave

    To Mor Man NO!

    I have no problem if you disagree with my faith. However, I would invite people to do their own research rather than listen to individuals who have an agenda.

    July 2, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Phil Thomas

    why do we care about this ? Ofcouse he's trying to help Flipney win and avoid the attention he got in Europe from happening here. CNN this isn't news its the RNC channels head guy ticked off he"s not getting ROI on investment but people aren't stupid this guy can have an All Star team of campaign folks and it stands to reason that no Hispanics would vote for him based on his own words and stance. People will eventually understand thier taxes are not going up and the Rheoric will keep changing. Worry about your country Rupert and leave our alone

    July 2, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. ThinkAgain

    "Save us from socialism" HAH! Here's a list of "socialist" programs I'd like people to consider doing without:

    Police/Fire/EMT personnel; military; border patrol; Social Security; Medicare; libraries; bridges; airports; interstate highway system; water treatment facilities; Internet (basic research and implementation funded by the federal gov); rural electrification; dams; port authorities; public schools and universities; Centers for Disease Control; court system; jails; etc., etc., etc., etc.

    Murdoch doesn't have the stones to admit he and his GOP lackeys call anything they don't like "socialism." He also doesn't have the stones to admit he OWES the United States his sorry little life for giving him the opportunity to make his wealth. Without all the "socialist" infrastructure, not to mention the protection of our military, he would be NOTHING.

    Murdoch and the rest of the millionaires and billionaires who don't want to pay their fare share in taxes can all just go to Hades!

    July 2, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. ThinkAgain

    I will not shed a tear when Murdoch departs this mortal coil ...

    July 2, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. rs

    The GOP's foreign wing wants a win for Mr. Romney? Big news there. I'll bet (foreign) FOX News leads with it.

    July 2, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. MBSeattle

    More from Rosebud. This guy is a crook.

    July 2, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. demwit

    TRENDING: Castro on Obama: 'Of course I want him to win'

    July 2, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Jim Hahn

    Romney is looking less and less viable and the stupid jerks in Congress aren't helping. The Do Nothing Republican congress continues to spend 90+% of it's time on things of no consequence, while the nations business goes undone. Is this the kind of thinking we want in the White House???

    July 2, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Rosa

    ! Of course I want him to win, save us from socialism, etc... I find the use of "etc" rather indicative that Mr Murdoch knows we are in no danger of become a socialist country. What a joke. He is just rattling off the "talking points" his minions repeat over and over again to brainwash their viewers.

    July 2, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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