Bal­anc­ing act

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Suf­fice it to say, Democrats were not happy to read that con­ser­va­tive pub­lisher and broad­cast mogul Ru­pert Mur­doch’s long pur­suit of Dow Jones & Co. — and more specif­i­cally its prized Wall Street Jour­nal — has fi­nally paid off.

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Sen. Christo­pher J. Dodd was among the first to re­spond, fear­ing the sale “poses a se­ri­ous threat to our democ­racy.”

With­out nam­ing Mr. Mur­doch, the Con­necti­cut sen­a­tor said the “power of the me­dia is swiftly be­ing lim­ited to a few con­trol­ling hands.”

Then, he ac­tu­ally stole the “fair and bal­anced” slo­gan of the Fox News Chan­nel, also owned by Mr. Mur­doch, stat­ing: “I am con­cerned that it will be very dif­fi­cult for the Jour­nal to of­fer fair and bal­anced re­port­ing un­der the pres­sures of a gi­ant me­dia con­glom­er­ate.”

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