Rupert Murdoch Praises ... Obama?
Posted on May 30, 2008
Aside from his support for the Iraq war, ruthless global capitalism and gross media consolidation, Rupert Murdoch has found space in his Lilliputian heart to praise Barack Obama, though stopping short of a complete endorsement, saying he wanted to “meet him personally.”
News Corporation chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch has used his newly acquired technology conference D6 to throw his weight behind “rock star” Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, as well as giving his views on the Wall Street Journal.
Murdoch made critical comments about the number of journalists involved in editing at the Wall Street Journal, which became part of the News Corp empire when he bought parent company Dow Jones in December, saying that every story seemed to be edited by “8.3 people”.
Speaking at the Wall Street Journal D6 conference in Carlsbad, California, Murdoch was asked by veteran tech correspondent Walt Mossberg if he had played a part in the New York Post’s endorsement of Obama.
“Yeah,” he replied, candidly. The select audience of entrepreneurs and digital business executives at the conference earlier this week cheered, as can be seen in the accompanying video.
The opportunist Murdoch, who historically leans notoriously right, said he is a friend of John McCain, but that the Republican presidential nominee has “a lot of problems.”