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. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess the question we should all be asking is, would Millie Dowler vote for Romney after he has been propped up by this shameless, octogenarian propagandist?

    July 2, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Mike

    If there ever was a huge reason NOT to vote for Romney, this is it – an endorsement from Murdoch. Are we to believe that what is good for Murdoch is good for the average American? Hardly.

    July 2, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    if anybody should NOT be putting labels on people it's Murdoch. Mitt is becoming more known by the company he keeps Murdoch and Trump, et al.

    July 2, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. mfhpr

    Save "us" from socialism? Who is "us", Rupy? Seems you have nothing to worry about with your worldly citizenry and billions. Get over yourself and pick a country to be in, reside in, support whole-heartedly.

    July 2, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. cali girl

    Take a look at who is buying Robmey, or should I say "financing" Robmey:
    Koch Brothers,Karl Rove, Donald Trump, Sheldon Adelson, Foster Freiss, Rupert Murdock, NASCAR and NFL Team Owners.
    Robmey is going to have to answer to A LOT of people.

    July 2, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. lies from the right but mostly hate

    Who cares what the old geezer from across the pond says,so he's got money and influence. He's also probably got the walking farts

    July 2, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. OBAMAROCKS

    I am vehemently, undoubtedly voting for PRESIDENT OBAMA!! ~There are some creepy, scarey people on Mitt's team. "Birds of a feather flock together!" Rupert Murdock doesn't have a good reputation, and he's about to have a long record!

    July 2, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. zisee

    The old man should hide in a closet or go for a walk in the desert.

    July 2, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Solitaire

    So now it's Scientology that's the cult, not Mormonism, eh? Is that little piece of news payback to Romney for bad-tweeting him?

    July 2, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Manny

    What does he mean by "save us from socialism" ? Rupie isn't a real American, just a foreign influence with a citizenship manipulating the media to his own personal agenda.

    July 2, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. Katy

    How did Murdoch find out that the Romney people were "upset" with him? Why would they care what Murdoch, of all people, care about them? The Romney people better get it together.

    July 2, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. Wes

    Of all enterprises common to humanity there is none sought with such desire as that of power and greed. Those who would not promote such schemes by indentured servitude would be considered in time as social effluent and useful only for units of actuarial analysis.

    July 2, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. timothy

    Republikookoos. A Republican appointed, conservative Chief Justice upheld the law, and the GOP presidential nominee is the one who enacted the model for it in Massachusetts, including the mandate and the penalty-tax.

    July 2, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. timothy

    If Republicans would've claimed the ACA for themselves on day 1, they would win all the 2012 elections. Their current behavior and presidential nominee has them sinking like stones.

    July 2, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Core republican Values

    Core republican Value #8: If you disagree with a fellow republican, you must make him pay for it by ripping him to shreds. Leave the sharing of ideas / working together nonsense to the Democrats.

    July 2, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Richard

    Willard and Rupert are Brothers from different mothers. Birds of a feather non-the-less!

    July 2, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    First Trump,now Mr FoxLies. Mitt(I have nothing to offer)McCain is toast.

    July 2, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. steve

    First a Trump endorsement, now Murdoch's. It's amazing that Romeny would want that kind of publicity. I won't touch the Scientology comment, talking about cults is now fair game?

    July 2, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. mr. mark

    There's most likely more to this story. Murdoch wanted something for his endorsement of Romney. Romney's camp did not give it to him and that's why this is coming out now.

    July 2, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Obama supporter turned Romney supporter

    This guy doesnt matter. Obama had a great opportunity to show all of us supporters that he can keep a promise. sadly he did not. I think we give romney a go.

    July 2, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. rosaadriana

    Of course he wants him to win, so he can get another big fat tax break. To hell with the rest of you, eat cake!

    July 2, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. John the Historian

    Now that Murdoch has endorsed Willard does this mean Murdoch is no longer Jewish. Willard believes in the planet kolub as his heaven and that the American Indians are the 13 tribe of Israel which has been proven to be wrong. How do they reconcile this difference.

    July 2, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. GJGVT

    "Save us from socialism?" Murdoch isn't even an American!!!! I'm all for Mitt saving Australia from socialism, go Mitt go!

    July 2, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Pike

    "Save us from socialism" As far as I can remember, he's not an American is he?

    July 2, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Jon S.

    Hmm. Used to think that Murdoch was a smart GOPer. Don't like him, but thought that. But in light of his ignorant tweets, referring to the President as a "socialist", I guess we know where the ignorant propaganda springs from on FOX. I mean, I feel certain that Murdoch is not as dumb as the FOX rabble, and is just playing to that ignorance, using the term "socialism" when he know it is not accurate.

    July 2, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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