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. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Mitt better be nice to Murdoch or he might lose the chance for himself or one of his sons to have a job at FoxNews after he loses to Obama in November.

    July 2, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. mfx3

    The only way Murdoch catches hell from conservatives for tweeting anti-Romney sentiment is if Murdoch orders Fox News to broadcast a story suggesting this is true. It's bogus.

    July 2, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Hey, check out this info from the Heritage Foundation's website about Mittens and Romneycare (from the article "Mitt's Fit" by Edmund Haislmaier, January 28, 2006):

    "The Romney approach is ... a state health-insurance exchange ... exactly what stock exchanges do for the buying and selling of securities. Like a stock or commodity exchange, Romney's health-insurance exchange would be a clearinghouse but never a product regulator."

    Like President Obama has said, the Affordable Healthcare Act is modeled on Romneycare ... funny to watch all the Repubs try to convince the American voter that a program THEY championed is somehow bad for us, even when it's been a popular, successful program in Massachusetts!

    Obama/Biden = The only sane choice.

    July 2, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Murdoch would be nowhere without socialist Britain and no-where-near socialist United States.

    July 2, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. curious

    The Supreme Court decision shocked republicans, and their confusion is hilarious. Rmoney is searching for a way to respond and can't. This shows Americans that Romeny is not the guy to make quick decisions and he certainly is not presidential. JED BUSH 2016 !!!!

    July 2, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. valwayne

    Mr Murdoch is offering Gov Romney some really good advice. He'd better have some really solid experts, who are not friends and people who have been with him forever, to give him some advice, even advice that he doesn't want to hear. And if he gets elected President he's better do the same thing. He's facing "The Chicago Way" and they are utterly corrupt and willing to do anything to win. Anything! A wise CEO doesn't insulate himself from reality with friends, he makes sure he is getting the cold, unvarnished truth without a filter, and cold unvarnished advice. Whether he takes it or not is something only he can decide, but only an idiot doesn't make sure he's got honesty and balance!

    July 2, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Melo-D

    It's not too hard to tell Murdoch wants Willard to win, Fox "news" has been running a full out offensive against the president since day one. You would have to be an idiot to not know Fox "news" in is the bag for Romney.

    July 2, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. Bucktooth

    Crook after crook aftr corruption..fighting, power, deceit, money, war..I feel as though I'm watching Spartacus! Oh, I forgot..those are these peoples ancestors!!!

    July 2, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. Pander Bear

    Curious as to how the right wing would have reacted if the head of another major news organization basically came out and said I want Obama to win. Imagine the hue and outcry.

    July 2, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. TO

    I worked for 30 years for a company only to be go at age 60. Our health care was provided through Cobra and we've have spent nearly 50,000 dollars for my wife and my coverage. When Cobra ran out I applied for individual coverage with the HMO we had for the past 30 years only to be denied because on my record I had a rash and visited the doctor. I was turned down because I had a re-existing condition... acne.
    I found that I couldn't get coverage... unless we were willing to pay over 3000 dollars a month.... and this was the bare minimum coverage. The myth is that if you can't get coverage that you must be a slacker... wanting handouts. I don't want a handout I want to be able to purchase insurance. Obamacare is the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. We might just make it. I find it interesting that our friends on the right, the ones who expound the lazy slacker myth, are a majority in those state that have the highest percentage on on the "dole". How can a country be labeled the greatest and yet not care for its people.

    July 2, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. fayse

    With a slimeball like Murdock in his corner, Romney is a sure loser. Just look at the pompous idiots in his corner already ,Donald birther Trump (the chump) Chris Christie ( the foul mouth rude bully) Wacko Michele Bachman not to mention the Weeper of house, Bohner. What a group.

    July 2, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. JackDW

    Romney could say or do anything and Fox News would support it. They basically are about as "balanced" as media in Nazi Germany was, and openly serve as a ministry of propaganda for the republican party.
    If you vote republican, you are truly clueless as to what is going on. This is a Party that hasn't done a single good thing for this nation since Eisenhower, and is still offering the exact same policies as they did under Bush.

    July 2, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. Papa

    Romney believes in a religion fabricated by one loon who stuck his head into a tophat and dictated the scripture he claimed to see materializing inside the hat to another loon who wrote it down. I would say those are perfect qualifications for a presidential candidate that Rupert Murdoch would support !!!!!

    July 2, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. John the Historian

    Willard will lose so any advise from this Neocon is wasted. Why doesn't Murdoch ask Willard and his mormon cult followers to find the garden of Eden in Missouri or prove that the Indians of Utah are the 13th tribe or that the Jew Jesus Christ was a polygamist.

    July 2, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. GOPlies

    Romney was never a solid option to go up against Obama.

    July 2, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. stew

    Am I the only one sick by these people, now it looks like Mr. Burns and Smitters is running this election or at least the likeliness is striking as The Simpsons looks more real, than a cartoon of Rob Money and Murderoct in this Republican election. I mean I am ill from looking and reading abour those two.

    July 2, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  17. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Any dog that will hunt!

    July 2, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. yuri pelham

    I too was upset that Murdoch was giving good advice. But not to worry. His wisdom will be rejected. Just think: A man of wisdom and experience who wants you to prevail gives advice and you reject it. What's that say about your judgement?

    July 2, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. flickerman

    I agree with Yuri Pelham

    July 2, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  20. jason

    Rmoney should be offering Murdoch backrubs, if that's what he wants. Murdoch is Rmoney's only chance of being elected.

    July 2, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  21. Shardik

    Murdoch just came out against Scientology. Wonder what he thinks about Mormonism?

    July 2, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  22. The Truth

    Murdoch knows that Obamacare is good. He's been enjoyed the UK's socialized medicine for decades. He also knows Romney is a buffoon, and that a Romney win would spell disaster for the global economy.

    July 2, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  23. ohio

    can't understand how anyone would want to vote romney into the white house.
    just cannot understand it.

    July 2, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. ohio

    thinkagain-you are absolutely right! Exactly what i thought when i read his quote. complete hypocrisy–kinda
    like saying someone worked hard for all the money he inherited. With all of that help how could you not
    succeed? Murdoch has had paid for healthcare for a long time! But we in the US shouldn't! that would be socialism.

    July 2, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  25. F.Engles

    murdochs tweet reveals two things. 1. he is a partisan running his news propaganda network for partisan purposes.

    2. all that socialism nonsense comes from the top at fox.,

    July 2, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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