You might call it the battle of the big shots, or, okay, the clash of the titans. GOP presidential pacesetter and provocateur Donald Trump’s front-and-center feud with the Fox News Channel (FNC) is certainly no secret. Now, FNC owner Rupert Murdoch is jumping into the political fray by sending an apparent signal that he’d prefer another New York-based mogul to be the next occupant of the White House.
Murdoch, the 84-year-old founder, chairman and CEO of News Corp — the parent of Fox News — has tweeted his pick for the powerhouse entry he’d like to see in the running for president, Michael Bloomberg:
NewsBusters points out that the Bloomberg endorsement by the supposedly ultra-conservative media titan would seem to many to be quite out of character:
While the liberal media love to frame Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch as a raging conservative, he certainly likes crossing that image on Twitter. On Sunday, Murdoch proclaimed Michael Bloomberg, the anti-gun, anti-Big Gulp liberal, should be the billionaire candidate running for president.
And after a number of negative comments about Bloomberg in response to Murdoch’s initial boost for his buddy who served for three terms as the mayor of the Big Apple, the News Corp. owner followed up his initial tweet with this:
About that cheerleading for Michael Bloomberg by the supposedly conservative Rupert Murdoch… In an opinion piece published by Forbes in May 2013, author Karen Harned pointed out how the former mayor of New York City drew the scorn of many conservatives and libertarians with his “nanny state” policies and programs.
Emboldened by his mayoral powers, Bloomberg has decided to methodically push his idea of good living by regulatory fiat — a grand social engineering project that presumes he knows what is best for each of us. From banning smoking and large soft drinks to regulating sodium and trans fats, if he thinks it is bad for you, it simply has to go.
Apparently, Murdoch got the message that he may have gone more than a bit overboard in suggesting that Michael Bloomberg should get in the 2016 contest as, possibly, a counter-weight to the flamboyant and feisty Donald Trump. Murdoch’s third tweet on the subject of his “friend” was as follows:
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