News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, Bloomberg reports. Over the last year, Fox News has been accused of being a "wing of the Republican Party" despite its claims of being "Fair and Balanced." What does this contribution tell us about Fox News and News Corp's chairman Rupert Murdoch?
- This Says a Lot, writes Nitasha Tiku at New York Magazine: "It seems like the new corporate stance is: Yeah, we're not fair, and who gives a crap about being balanced."
- A Further Alignment With the GOP, writes Ben Smith at Politico: "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."
- Why Am I Not Surprised? writes Steve Benen at The Washington Monthly: "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?"
- Murdoch Actually Spreads His Money Around Pretty Evenly, writes Michael Calderone, referring to News Corp's chairman: "Murdoch leans right politically. But he hasn't exclusively backed conservatives — he's held fundraisers for Hillary Clinton and supported former British Prime Minister Tony Blair through his influential papers across the pond. That's because Murdoch's business interests have often trumped ideology... The donations may be smaller, but the Fox PAC is spreading its money around almost evenly between the two parties. The PAC has given to $48,000 to Democrats running for House seats this year and $40,700 to Republicans. In Senate races, the PAC contributed $30,500 to Democrats and $25,500 to Republicans."
- Is There a Liberal Equivalent? In 2007, Bill Dedman at MSNBC.com did a massive investigation of political donations made by journalists. In his survey, the donations leaned overwhelmingly to the left: "MSNBC.com identified 143 journalists who made political contributions from 2004 through the start of the 2008 campaign, according to the public records of the Federal Election Commission. Most of the newsroom checkbooks leaned to the left: 125 journalists gave to Democrats and liberal causes. Only 16 gave to Republicans. Two gave to both parties."