Financial Times is reporting Rupert Murdoch, the conservative media mogul whose New York Post tabloid savaged Hillary Clinton’s initial aspirations to become a US senator for New York, has agreed to host a political fundraiser for her re-election campaign.
Mr Murdoch will host the fundraiser, due to be held by July, on behalf of News Corp., owner of FoxNews and The New York Post. One person involved in the event said it reflected his views of her as a senator, rather than as a presidential candidate.
“They have a respectful and cordial relationship. He has respect for the work she has done on behalf of New York. I wouldn’t say it was illustrative of a close ongoing relationship. It is not like they are dining out together.”
The decision reflects an assiduous courtship by Mrs Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. Last month Mrs Clinton surprised Washington by attending the “Fox News Sunday” 10th anniversary party, where she chatted with Mr Murdoch.
One media lobbyist said: “Murdoch will be for the Republicans but he is also smart enough to know that the Republicans might not win. At some level, whether nationally or in New York, Hillary is the future and what savvy businessman would not want to put a line of interest in someone who will be the future?”
So much for speaking out of both sides of the mouth. It looks like FoxNews is headed for my personal trash bin; it is too much to support anything that smells of Clinton.