News Corp. chief executive Rupert Murdoch used Twitter on Sunday to share some advice with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: Drop the “old friends” from your campaign and hire “some real pros.”
Murdoch’s advice to Romney appeared to be aimed at the candidate’s reputation for relying heavily on a small circle long-time advisers, some of whom have little experience in presidential politics.
Romney’s confidants include family members and others whom he has known for many years, such as communications specialist Eric Fehrnstrom, fund-raiser Spencer Zwick, campaign manager Matt Rhoades, and adviser Beth Myers, who is leading the vice presidential search.
The chairman of News Corp., who gave maximum contributions to Hillary Clinton in 2007 and John McCain in 2008, has not given a dime to either of Romney’s presidential campaigns. His cherished New York Post has taken unexpected shots at the Republican. Allies say he was simply giving public voice to concerns about Romney's politics and policy that are common knowledge in his circle.
“He and others in business world don't think [Romney] can win,” a Murdoch confidant said Sunday. “They also don't think he is authentic. They want [Obama] out, but Mitt does not present a compelling alternative.”
. . . People close to Murdoch say the media baron has expressed disdain for what he sees as weakness — a quality that emerges, in particular, where Romney has sought to project strength to the conservative Republican base. Murdoch is a rare hybrid, an old-fashioned Chamber of Commerce Republican armed with the brass knuckles of any Tea Party brawler.
When is Romney going to look like a challenger?Seems to play everything safe, make no news except burn off Hispanics.— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) June 24, 2012
Easy for Romney to spell out restoration of the American dream and bash incompetent administration. But not a word!— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) June 24, 2012
Met Romney last week.Tough O Chicago pros will be hard to beat unless he drops old friends from team and hires some real pros. Doubtful.— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) July 1, 2012
US election is referendum on Obama, all else pretty minor.— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) July 1, 2012
@ROCKWITHBECKAgreed, but it's his to lose if he doesn't get on the front foot soon— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) July 1, 2012
Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people.— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) July 1, 2012
@shakircMormonism a mystery to me, but Mormons certainly not evil.— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) July 1, 2012
Looks like Rmoney has angered emperor Palpatine.
~ comment by Dave on CNN
This is useful advice, coming from an old flatulent billionaire, one to another.
~ comment by Smako on CNN
Murdoch should stick to what he knows best.....illegal wiretapping and fake news.
~ comment by Mike on CNN
Just a ploy to get the base worked up and fired up to work hard to elect Mr. Roboto. Lord help us all.
~ comment by SithWillRiseAgain on Huff Post
That ought to pop out the wallets of the right wing donor community.
~ comment by Dhefu on Huff Post
"Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people."
This is typically what I think about conservatives.
~ comment by Al91206 on Huff Post
Mitt needs a whole new Mitt.
~ comment by Jim Steinberg on Politico
FOX News Poll: Romney goes from 38% to 31% among independents in month of June.— Path2Enlightenment (@Path2Enlighten) July 1, 2012
Even Rupert Murdoch thinks RINO wimp Mitt Romney is going to lose -mofopolitics.com/2012/07/01/eve…— mp (@mofopolitics) July 2, 2012
LET THIS IDIOT: RUPERT MURDOCH @rupertmurdoch KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT -- MITT ROMNEY -- BEATING -- OBAMA -- IN 2012. To hell with FOX NEWS.— ROCKWITHBECK (@ROCKWITHBECK) July 1, 2012
Scientology & Rupert Murdoch should be allies. His news channel is the worst thing on a screen since Battlefield Earth.— Bearded Stoner (@beardedstoner) July 1, 2012
Did you see that Rupert Murdoch tweet?!? QUICK make a mountain out of it!!! Protect Obama!! Protect Obama!! - MSM— el SOOPer (@SooperMexican) June 24, 2012
Even Rupert Murdoch thinks Mitt Romney's a wuss:sayitaintsoalready.com/2012/06/24/eve…— Melanie (@MelanieKV) June 24, 2012
Memo to Mr. Romney: Mr. Murdoch would like you to kick it up a notch.— Now Media News (@NowMediaScott) June 24, 2012
Rupert Murdoch tweeting as Yoda. RT @rupertmurdoch: "Mormonism a mystery to me, but Mormons certainly not evil."— Faiz (@faizsays) July 1, 2012
Rupert Murdoch: Scientology is evil but Mormonism is not. He should know being Satan himself.— Chenin Blanc (@Trocken) July 1, 2012