FOX News Donates $1M to Republican Campaign Committee

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    Aug 17, 2010 3:51 PM GMT
    [Huffington Post: 08.17.10]

    Fox News and Wall Street Journal parent company News Corp donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association in June, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported.

    The media conglomerate, controlled by Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, took advantage of the unlimited donations corporations can give to governors' associations (from Bloomberg BusinessWeek):

    The Republicans' biggest corporate donor was New York-based News Corp. Teri Everett, a spokeswoman, said the company "actively supports organizations that advocate a pro-job, low tax, economic growth agenda."

    News Corp. opposes proposed federal rule changes that would weaken the position of its Fox network in negotiations with cable companies. Governors may have a stake in the issue. In March, for example, New York Governor David Paterson stepped in with a call for binding arbitration in a dispute over fees between Bethpage, New York-based Cablevision Systems Corp. and Burbank, California-based Walt Disney Co.'s ABC.


    News Corp made the $1 million donation on June 24, according to Politico's Ben Smith (and a filing).

    As Smith points out, News Corp's highest-ranking Democratic executive, former #2 exec Peter Chernin, left the company last year. Murdoch's liaison to the Democratic party, communications executive Gary Ginsberg, also left the company last year.

    "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," a company spokesman told Smith.

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    Aug 17, 2010 8:30 PM GMT
    But Fox News is fair and unbiased!
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    Aug 17, 2010 8:40 PM GMT
    GwgTrunks saidBut Fox News is fair and unbiased!

    "Fair and Balanced" is what I think they literally claim. Except for their news people being caught helping to coordinate Teabagger rallies. But other than that... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 17, 2010 8:41 PM GMT
    Only ONE million ?
    Now that the activist U.S. Supremes have legislated from the bench that corporations can buy any and all elections, we'll most likely see a huge shift in our political system.
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    Aug 17, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    Have any big companies donated to the Democrats? They're all supporting economic growth, smaller government and lower taxes; therefore, they should all donate to the Republican party. Just like Best Buy and Target.
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    Aug 17, 2010 8:57 PM GMT
    This has yet to be updated, but see who else NewsCorp is giving to.

    Notice something? They also gave thousands and thousands of dollars to Democrats including Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer.

    If the system were broken simply because of Republicans, this would be an easy mater to clean up. The problem is much deeper and systematic than simple partisan politics.
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    Aug 17, 2010 8:59 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidOnly ONE million ?
    Now that the activist U.S. Supremes have legislated from the bench that corporations can buy any and all elections, we'll most likely see a huge shift in our political system.
    Do you include public unions or unions in general in that group of corporations buying elections and intimidating employees? It's absolutely shameful when corporations try to take away a worker's right to choose - Sort of like this one? http://deceiver.com/2010/08/13/union-member-fired-for-attempting-to-unionize/.

    A better article http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/17/AR2010081704338.html?hpid=topnews - and the money quote:
    "The way the rules are written, he is playing by the rules," says Tobe Berkovitz, an associate professor of communication at Boston University. "This just reinforces for liberals how evil and manipulative Fox and Rupert Murdoch are. For the civilians out there, I don't think they're going to see this as particularly relevant or particularly important."