Rupert Murdoch's advice to Romney: Get some pros on your team
July 1st, 2012
09:59 AM ET
9 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. 333maxwell

    One self indulged ol rich guy, talking trash about another self indulged ol rich guy.. who'd a thunk?

    July 2, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  2. Cortanis

    Have to agree with Murdoch on this one myself. Romney's breakneck question dodgeing just makes him look shady and unreliable. Going with his campaign's incessant need to try and humanise him into someone that your grandfather can come close to associateing with as a hard working man is only makeing him look goofy and painfully awkward. Nothing against him personally, but that's just not him. That's not how he was raised. He was born into a well off family and it shows. He needs to stop trying to dissociate himself from that and just own up to it. When he does that and starts running this like a buisness instead of a grade school popularity contest, then he'll probably start looking like a real candidate.

    July 2, 2012 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  3. Toby McDooogan

    Everyone needs to focus on this article instead of the Obama economy. Please focus on this article or anything but the Obama economy. Please!!!!

    July 2, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  4. Jack V

    blake: You're dead wrong on this. Open you're eyes & quit spitting out the talking points from the disc jockeys. Idiocracy has set in.

    July 2, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  5. Reality Kinda Bites

    I get a bit of a kick out of hearing the regurgitated nonsense of people who have no more of an understanding of the true benefits/detriments of the ACA than a standard barfly. The will gladly take the side of whomever sounds more convincing at the time in the hopes that they "sound intelligent" repeating the same nonsense. They gladly rank Obama as the worst this, and the most dangerous blah, blah, blah, etc without a shred of actual fact about what his administration has accomplished unless they mimick what the talking heads on their favorite "news" show said most recently. I love that they believe they can armchair quarterback the toughest job in the freaking world as if they had a clue how poorly THEY would screw it up! If only you geniuses knew any real geniuses...

    July 2, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  6. Wake up people

    Wow, a billionaire giving another billionaire advice on deceiving everyday Americans. I guess Robmey really is a republican. Like someone else said, his handlers have that covered. Robmey is nothing more than an empty suit who will do whatever his masters tell him to.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 2, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  7. Sam

    I have yet to hear ANY specifics from Romney – just saying "we will create jobs" without how he would do that, doesn't cut the mustard for me! Also saying "I will get rid of Obamacare" without an alternate plan falls in the same category.

    July 2, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  8. The GOP needs to pack up and leave

    Right. Murdoch. And who would listen to advice for someone like him?

    July 2, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  9. pfreda

    romney has no vision for america,he never tells how he's going to change anything,all he does is complaine,i don't see him complaine about healthcare when he was governor.he's all wind

    July 2, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  10. No Rose Colored Glasses

    @Reality–true statement. There isn't a person on here that knows how politics works in the real world but there are those that are willing to spew their favorite media news hate like they work on freaken Capitol Hill and are hip deep in it all. Too bad there's only one thing they're hip deep in....

    July 2, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  11. Boo

    I wish both of these guys would take a nice long walk off a short pier.

    July 2, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  12. MCH

    Do you really think the "buggers" and "wiretappers" are bored enough to listen to conversations in
    Romney's home?

    July 2, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  13. Brenda

    When Romney won the governor's office in Massachusetts he was facing a huge financial crisis, when he left office we had a $2 billion rainy day fund. In a state as blue as Massachusetts. Where is that reporting?

    July 2, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  14. Fair is Fair


    I have yet to hear ANY specifics from Romney – just saying "we will create jobs" without how he would do that, doesn't cut the mustard for me!
    Maybe Romney just has to be specific and say he believes that "hope and change" will solve all our problems... after all, it's worked soooooo well thus far. And by the way... it's "cut the muster", not mustard.

    July 2, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  15. JW

    He's got all the professionals he needs. He has all of FOX news to debase Obama and praise him. What more does he need?

    July 2, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Ouch. This one successful businessman telling another less successful businessman to "hire some pros." Mitt isn't the expert he claims to be.

    But, this also reveals another look into the Romney's inner circle. The inner circle is a closed loop of friends, not professionals focused on a singular goal. That's not good.

    July 2, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Maybe Romney just has to be specific and say he believes that "hope and change" will solve all our problems... after all, it's worked soooooo well thus far. And by the way... it's "cut the muster", not mustard.
    Mitt Romney doesn't have the courage and leadership to even say that much. He would rather obfuscate the facts, mislead the public, and commit himself to nothing.

    "I'm not sure of what it was I said, but if I said it then I stand by it."

    Only a liar who makes stuff up as he goes along cannot remember what he said. The truth speaks for itself and is not easy to forget.

    July 2, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  18. Mac

    Murdoch sure knows what deception really is, he is master of that craft. Most of his media holdings have deceived and brain washed the US public for decades.

    July 2, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. Tom

    Willard Romney might as well pick his nose for VP.

    July 2, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. Tom

    Willard Romney will spend 2013 riding up and down on his garage elevator.

    July 2, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. Chipster

    Murdoch is right. Romney needs to hire a team with all the honesty and integrity of Fox (Faux) News. Maybe Orly Taitz and Glenn Beck would be willing to offer there services too. I doubt that Murdoch could convince anyone that Romney should be elected but he and his team could possibly convince a lot of people that Obama was really born on another planet and has secret plans to destroy all the popcorn factories in the U.S and force Americans to eat broccoli !

    July 2, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |

    Murdoch is in the business of making money by spying on people and printing tabloid stories about them. I'm a sure he has little to no integrity left. If Mr. Romney aligns himself with a gaseous bag like Murdoch, he's not doing himself any favors.

    July 2, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |

    @Fair–I know it's difficult for you to conceived that Romney is lost in the wilderness on specifics about anything. Sooner or later he must show his hand. I meant "plan". BULLETIN 7 NOV 12 : Suicides are at an overnight high: There is a right wing exodus from America; other countries are refusing to allow them land!!! They sight the need to keep peace in their country as their reasoning.

    July 2, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. Dr Matrix

    Mudock is a foreigner. He should worry about the poitics in his own country and stay out of the politics of ours.

    July 2, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. Chipster

    @Rupert Murdoch = Josef Goebbels
    I might agree with what you said, except for the fact that people actually choose to watch Murdoch's network and they choose to believe all the false and misleading information that they provide. There are just some people who are compelled to believe that they are victims of {fill in the blank with government, illegals, blacks, Hispanics, welfare queens, women who don't know their place, single mothers} They hear what they want to hear – that someone is getting something they don't have or trying to take something they do have. They either won't consider looking at facts & evidence or they disregard it because it doesn't support their mindset.

    July 2, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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