Murdoch has made a habit of tweeting positive things about Carson. He wrote last week: “Everywhere pundits keep underestimating Ben Carson. But public understand humility as admirable, listen to the multi-faceted strong message.”He also touted a poll that had Carson ahead of Donald Trump, who has been leading most GOP presidential primary polls in recent months.In September, Murdoch said Carson was “maybe the one to beat” and “irreproachable on background, achievements, character, vision.”He also compared Carson favorably to Obama on race, writing: “2 stories. Carson, Detroit ghetto to brilliant neurosurgeon. Obama white upbringing to community organizer. Sincere men, different values.”
Some folks may be surprised by an interview in which Rupert Murdoch declares: “I could live with Hillary as president.”
Yes, he added, “We have to live with who we get. We don’t have any choice.” But when asked by Fortune magazine whether he could envision himself supporting Hillary Clinton, Murdoch did not laugh off the suggestion: “It would depend on the Republican candidate totally.”
The comments by the chairman of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox, published yesterday, won’t shock those who closely follow New York politics. While Murdoch’s New York Post once relentlessly bashed the Clintons back in the day, he reached a rapprochement with her in 2006. Murdoch hosted a fundraiser for Hillary’s Senate reelection campaign. She expressed her gratitude and appeared along with Murdoch at a Georgetown party for “Fox News Sunday.”
Some liberals weren’t thrilled with the alliance, and Hillary still came in for vocal criticism at the time from some Fox News folks.
Two years later, Murdoch donated the maximum $2,300 to Clinton’s presidential primary campaign — as did his son, James — although the Post wound up endorsing Barack Obama.
How many of you saw Rupert Murdoch trending and were kinda sad when you found out that it wasn't because he had died? Be honest now.
— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) October 8, 2015
Besides, maybe Murdoch has a point:
Rupert Murdoch: Carson could be ‘a real black president.’ And, joking aside, it’s fair to say that Obama, with his white parents and tony Hawaii prep-school background, never had the connection with authentic black experience that, say, Ben Carson or Clarence Thomas had.