Monday, May 08, 2006

Rupert Murdoch thawing Hillary?

From Drudge:
Rupert Murdoch has agreed to host a political fundraiser for Hillary Clinton this summer!

Murdoch's surprise decision to raise money for Clinton in July, on behalf of NEWS CORP., parent company of FOXNEWS and the NEW YORK POST, underlines a dramatic turn of relations between Murdoch and Clinton, who in 1998 coined the phrase “vast rightwing conspiracy” to denounce critics of her husband.

Some say the move by Murdoch reflects approval of her Senate career. Others note his record for picking future national leaders. Last century, he threw over the British conservatism he'd long supported to back longshot Tony Blair.

Clinton surprised Washington and media watchers recently by attending a FOX NEWS anniversary party, where she toasted Murdoch.

Political powerbroker and studio head Harvey Weinstein is said to have convinced Hillary that Murdoch could be a friend, not a foe, in her ongoing political maneuvers.

Hillary has now cornered the NY media market, by winning support from the NEW YORK TIMES, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS owner Mort Zuckerman -- and now Murdoch and the NY POST.
Rupert Murdoch donated to Gore's failed 2000 presidential bid, as well as "served as 'Vice Chair' of Gore's September 14th fundraiser at Radio City Music Hall, meaning that he personally contributed $50,000 to Gore's campaign (many more contributions here). Fox News Channel was the first to break the Bush 1976 DUI story on the eve of Election 2000, which nearly cost him the election. But never mind all that...Fox News is "right-wing" mouthpiece, huh?