Dems Blast Murdoch's $1M GOP Donation

Fox News parent's move is not 'fair and balanced,' they say

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 17, 2010 2:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Now that Bloomberg has reported that News Corp–the parent company of Fox News headed by Rupert Murdoch—has donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, Democrats have quickly pounced. "'Fair and balanced' has been rendered utterly meaningless," the Democratic Governors Association tells Ben Smith of Politico. "Any pretense that may have existed about the ties between Fox News and the Republican Party has been ripped violently away."

The lefty Media Matters agrees. "Are there still people who doubt that Fox is just an arm of the GOP?" writes Matt Gertz. Murdoch's company is now the GOP's largest corporate donor, and a spokesman explains it thusly: "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."

News Corporation's Rupert Murdoch arrives for a morning session at the annual Allen & Co. Media summit in Sun Valley, Idaho, Friday, July 9, 2010.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
News Corp's Rupert Murdoch arrives to a morning session at the annual Allen & Co. Media Summit in Sun Valley, Idaho, Wednesday, July 7, 2010.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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