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Murdoch: 'McCain Is Not Likeable'

There's There are a couple of juicy tid-bits in the responses that Murdoch gives to his questioners:
[Media mogul Rupert Murdoch] was peppered with a host of questions related to his media empire's political leanings, and in each case fought the perception that he's made his fortune by catering to the conservative audience. Asked by an official at the progressive watchdog group, Media Matters, whether it was ethical for officials at Fox to promote the Tea Party movement (as has been documented on some occasion) he replied without hesitation.

"No. I don't think we should be supporting the Tea Party or any other party. But I'd like to investigate what you are saying before condemning anyone."

Murdoch even waded into the political arena. Doing little to dissuade the widely-held belief that he closet-ly favored Barack Obama over John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign, he said he would "absolutely, very strongly" back the president if he were to take a strong stance on education reform (apparently one of Murdoch's pet issues).

"Unlike the rest of the country," he said, "I hope he does well."

"We are criminal in this country in that we are turning out a new generation of people worse educated than their parents," Murdoch added.

As for the Arizona Republican, the News Corp header was less forgiving. "I didn't find him personally likeable," he said. "He's somewhat a little hard to read wondering which side of the bed he got up on that morning. But he is a great patriot. Any man who has been through what he's been through, you can make a lot of excuses for."
In particular, I was struck by his response to Fox News' reporting of the Tea Party movement.

"No. I don't think we should be supporting the Tea Party or any other party." I hope that he does indeed investigate what the questioner was asking -- because it has been shown without a doubt that there was support for the Tea Partyers at Fox News.

Not that there's anything wrong with that -- it's just that you cannot trumpet your 'fair and balanced' coverage if you are so blatantly supporting a particular viewpoint.

Oh, and the McCain comment? Burrrrrrrn....