Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is playing a larger and more directly partisan role in this year’s elections than it is known to have played in any previous American campaign.
The news late Thursday that the company, whose holdings include the Fox News Channel, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post, had given $1 million to a business coalition that is advertising heavily against Democrats came roughly two months after election filings showed that its News America division had given $1 million to the Republican Governors Association.
…While NBC does not give the association money, its parent company, General Electric, does. But General Electric said it similarly gave this year to the Democratic Governors Association. Comcast, which is acquiring a majority stake in the General Electric unit that holds NBC News and MSNBC, has also given to both governors’ associations.
News Corp. has not given to the Democratic association, and officials at the company would not comment on what other groups they donate to, on the left or right of the political spectrum.
Murdoch is a pragmatic business executive and has given to Democrats as well as Republicans over the years. In fact, News Corp.’s U.S. political action committee, which gives regulated donations to candidates in maximum increments of $2,500, has given $106,500 to Democrats this year as opposed to $79,700 to Republicans.
An executive at Fox News who agreed to be interviewed on the condition of anonymity expressed amusement over Obama’s focus on the network.
“We are so in his head,” he said. “Can you believe with all other things going on in this world he’s preoccupied with Fox News?”
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