Well, if true, boo-f**king-hoo. Murdoch and Ailes created that fakey-populist monster, so they’re ultimately responsible for all the backwards nonsense Bill spews night in and night out.
From Michael Wolff’s new book â€œThe Man Who Owns The Newsâ€ comes this via Politico:
â€œIt is not just Murdoch (and everybody else at News Corp.â€™s highest levels) who absolutely despises Bill Oâ€™Reilly, the bullying, mean-spirited, and hugely successful evening commentator,â€ Wolff wrote, â€œbut [Fox News chief executive] Roger Ailes himself who loathes him. Success, however, has cemented everyone to each other.”
â€œThe embarrassment can no longer be missed,â€ Wolff wrote, in another section of the book. â€œHe mumbles even more than usual when called on to justify it. He barely pretends to hide the way he feels about Bill Oâ€™Reilly. And while it is not that he would give Fox upâ€”because the money is the money; success trumps allâ€”in the larger sense of who he is, he seems to want to hedge his bets.â€
Maybe this is why he has been flirting with becoming more liberal in recent years? After all, his New York Daily News endorsed Obama during the primary season before eventually endorsing McCain in the general election.
Still, one can imagine that come 2012, Murdoch could fully back Obama if the economy has pulled out of its dive and the Dem has ruled, for the most part, from a centrist platform.
Politico adds fuel to that fire…
Wolff also ponders if Murdoch is becoming more liberal, perhaps as a result of his wife, Wendi, who attended Obama fundraisers, and his daughter Elisabeth, who threw one in London. Generally, Wolff describes the Murdoch children, and heirs to the empire, as â€œlimousine liberals.â€
Itâ€™s for that reason that some thought Murdochâ€™s New York Post might endorse Obama in the general election.
And let’s face it, if Murdoch endorsed Tony Blair, he can endorse Obama.