Fox News’ Owner Murdoch Donates Another $1 Million to GOP Group

October 1, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)— How is Fox News’ so-called fair and balanced claim working out? It was always a sham, is still a sham and now, owner Rupert Murdoch has just stopped pretending. News Corp., the Murdoch-owned media conglomerate and parent company of Fox News, has donated $1 million to the Republican advocacy group, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This unprecedented donation during an election cycle, comes on the heels of another $1 million donation to the Republican Governors association. Did Murdoch make similar campaign donations to Democratic groups? No. So, let’s just stop with the pretense that Fox News is anything other than a political arm of the Republican Party.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of the highly-partisan and controversial CEO and president Thomas Donohue, has changed from a mostly bi-partisan business lobbying group to a GOP global warming-denying political operation machine.

Donahue’s Chamber largely acts now, as a GOP money laundering operation. And the group has pledged to spend $75 million on national, mostly Republican races this year alone.

The Politico reports that this second $1 million donation made by News Corp. to just one political Party during an election year, is unprecedented for a media company.

“The parent companies of other media companies such as Disney (which owns ABC) and General Electric (which owns NBC) have also made political contributions, but typically in far smaller chunks, and split between Democrats and Republicans.”

“In the past, News Corp. has also spread its donations between candidates of both parties. The huge gift to the RGA raised questions among some media critics about whether News Corp. had crossed over an inappropriate line for a media company. The second donation is likely to rekindle that debate – and to make both News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and Fox News even more of a liberal target.”

Besides the huge donations to Republicans made by its parent company, Fox News also employees most of the top GOP presidential contenders as contributors, affording them hours of free air time to advance their campaigns.

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