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August 17, 2010

DROPPING AN ALREADY-THIN PRETENSE.... Try to contain your surprise.

News Corp., which owns Fox News and the New York Post, gave $1 million to Haley Barbour's Republican Governors Association this year, according to the RGA's most recent filing.

The company's media outlets play politics more openly than most, but the huge contribution to a party committee is a new step toward an open identification between Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and the GOP. The company's highest-ranking Democratic executive, Peter Chernin, recently departed.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the company said, "News Corporation believes in the power of free markets, and the RGA's pro-business agenda supports our priorities at this most critical time for our economy."

In case you were curious, there were no comparable contributions to Democratic campaign committees. News Corp. has written some modest checks for a few Democratic incumbent lawmakers, but they're of the four-figure variety -- a small fraction of the $1 million check for the Republican Governors Association.

Indeed, the RGA's "biggest corporate donor" happens to be Fox News' corporate parent.

Matt Gertz asks, "Are there still people who doubt that Fox is just an arm of the GOP?"

There shouldn't be.

On a related note, anyone want to lay odds on whether Fox News' on-air broadcasters, reporting on gubernatorial races, disclose that the same company paying their salary is also helping finance the Republican candidate they're covering?

Steve Benen 9:25 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (20)

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"Are there still people who doubt that Fox is just an arm of the GOP?"

Are we sure it's not the other way around: that the GOP is just an arm of News Corp.?

Posted by: some other guy on August 17, 2010 at 9:33 AM | PERMALINK

So why the hell did the WH give them a front row seat???

Posted by: Trinity on August 17, 2010 at 9:34 AM | PERMALINK

News Corp. has a First Ammendment right to support whoever they want. Only liberals want to limit advocacy.

Posted by: Al on August 17, 2010 at 9:38 AM | PERMALINK

What 'some other guy' said: it's increasingly the other way around.

And yes, Al, News Corp. has the right to support whoever they want. But they've tried to maintain a pretense of being 'fair and balanced' rather than on the same team as the GOP.

This puts paid to that pretense. That's all that Benen is saying here.

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on August 17, 2010 at 9:41 AM | PERMALINK

I suggest everyone stop calling it FOX News and start calling it GOP News.
If PRAVDA was half as good at propaganda, this comment might be written in Russian.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on August 17, 2010 at 9:50 AM | PERMALINK

You would think that this would be a big story, featured on all legitimate news outlets, not an insider story on blogs. Perhaps the MSM clan still considers Fox a 'Sister Organization'.

Posted by: BillFromPA on August 17, 2010 at 9:58 AM | PERMALINK

The story, now, becomes FOXNEWS doing the bidding of a foreigner to influence our politics. Let the reporting begin!

A FOX Watch should be standard fare for all other news outlets - reporting on the propaganda spin for Republican favor by all the FOX personnel! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on August 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM | PERMALINK

So why the hell did the WH give them a front row seat???

Because if you're going to bash liberals from the podium, who better to have around?

I'm just surprised Gibbs didn't give Fox a seat under the podium.

Posted by: doubtful on August 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM | PERMALINK

Workers of the World Unite!
We defeated Murdoch (that alien presence on American soil)
and his blood sucking brothers before
We can do it again.

let us raisevour voices in song:

Only we, the workers of the worldwide
Great army of labour,
Have the right to own the land,
But the parasites - never!
And if the great thunder rolls
Over the pack of dogs and executioners,
For us, the sun will forever
Shine on with its fiery rays.

 |: This will be the final
   and decisive battle.
   With the International
   the mankind will get up. :|

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on August 17, 2010 at 10:05 AM | PERMALINK

Matt Gertz asks, "Are there still people who doubt that Fox is just an arm of the GOP?"

Maybe the people who gave Faux a front row seat in the White House press room...

Posted by: Gregory on August 17, 2010 at 10:15 AM | PERMALINK

Is there a point whereby a news organization can trip up on FEC regulations? That is, at what point, if any, could a news organization be determined to have moved from its protections under the First Amendment to the jurisdiction of the FEC as a political entity?

Posted by: Perspecticus on August 17, 2010 at 10:32 AM | PERMALINK

When News Corp was hit up for the donation, the appropriate response would be, "Sorry, I gave already at the office."

Posted by: Art Hackett on August 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM | PERMALINK

anyone want to lay odds on whether Fox News' on-air broadcasters, reporting on gubernatorial races, disclose that the same company paying their salary is also helping finance the Republican candidate they're covering?

Steve, they are not 'covering' the candidates. They are giving them a more-than-friendly platform from which to misinform the voting public, and are giving voice to outright lies.

To use the word 'cover' implies that they are journalists.

Fox News is the toy with which an Australian billionaire is screwing with the American political structure for profit, as well the tool for which a craven GOP eagerly grabs. It is not a news organization.

Posted by: jcricket on August 17, 2010 at 10:51 AM | PERMALINK

Thanks to the supremes big business can just pump the money straight into the repub coffers. After all, it was such a pain for corporations to work the money thru their employees and try to make it look legit.

Posted by: Schtick on August 17, 2010 at 11:19 AM | PERMALINK

Whenever I read statements like "News Corporation believes in the power of free markets” all I can think of is that “free markets” has become a euphemism for greed. Murdoch doesn’t care about the Fox per se. He sees Fox solely as a vehicle for him to expand his power and increase his wealth. He has no real principles outside of the one principle which guides his every move. That principle is the accumulation of more money.

Posted by: sheridan on August 17, 2010 at 11:21 AM | PERMALINK

Does this mean it gave $0 to the Democratic governors organization?

Posted by: CDW on August 17, 2010 at 11:57 AM | PERMALINK

In other news, snow is cold, and water is wet.

Posted by: Davran on August 17, 2010 at 12:08 PM | PERMALINK

With such a revelation, my demand that places of business change the channel from FOXNEWS before I do business with them has been justified!

Make your presence known with places of business, and make them turn the propaganda off in order to have your commerce! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on August 17, 2010 at 12:43 PM | PERMALINK

Does the donation come with a daily spot for Sharron Angle to repeatedly ask for money and reference her website while grinning like an idiot into the camera. Perhaps Fox can just continuously run the websites of the Republican candidates at the bottom of the screen.

Posted by: Diane Rodriguez on August 17, 2010 at 12:54 PM | PERMALINK

On this issue, at least, Al was a great customer for the man selling straw.

Posted by: daniel rotter on August 17, 2010 at 10:30 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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