Murdoch’s WSJ to White House: Pay Us $600,000 for Anti-Obama Op-Eds
July 29, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The Wall Street Journal business daily, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, has decided that the White House now needs to fork over $600,00 per year of tax-payer money for the privilege of including its content in the administration’s news clipping package. Since Murdoch took over the paper in 2007, the always-conservative and fact-challenged opinion page, has become even more so, with constant vitriolic attacks against President Obama. Just last month, Obama was portrayed as, “The Alien in the White House.” Suffice it to say, the White House does not plan on paying Murdoch $600,000. An official told Politico, the administration may just drop the WSJ from its clipping service.
The Wall Street Journal recently went behind a pay wall, and the hike in its price is most likely attributed to its new online for-profit status, but still—$600,000!
The astronomical price increase may also be part of a plan to convince clients of traditional news-clipping services to sign on with Dow Jones, instead. Dow Jones is owned by Murdoch’s News Corp. and publishes the Journal. News Corp. also owns Fox News.
But regardless, the White House is having none of it, according to Politico:
“No one in the White House views the dispute as a big deal — one aide burst into laughter when talking about it. But it puts members of the administration in the potentially awkward position of working with the Journal’s highly-respected D.C. staff on stories they will not be able to read, copy and legally disseminate to anyone other than a few people in the executive branch.”
‘“It’s just weird,” said a person familiar with the situation.”