Look who’s talking
“Though many journalists impose their views regularly in biased political coverage, on [July 31] the broadcast networks framed Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition of the Wall Street Journal around what agenda the ‘controversial’ Murdoch will ‘impose,’ the Media Research Center’s Brent Baker writes at www.mrc.org.
“Leading into pro and con sound bites, CBS’s Kelly Wallace described Murdoch as ‘a conservative who put his imprint on the New York Post and brought topless women to the Sun in London. His critics say he may not impose tabloid on the Journal, but will impose his point of view.’
“NBC’s Andrea Mitchell declared Murdoch ‘deeply conservative,’ but noted he’s also a ‘pragmatic’ man who has been ‘a supporter of liberal politicians.’ Mitchell relayed how Murdoch insists he ‘does not mix politics and business,’ but ‘still, some are skeptical.’ The liberal Ken Auletta of the New Yorker contended Murdoch ‘often’ uses ‘his media to advance either his business or his political interests.’
“Over on ABC, after a sound bite from Auletta about how Murdoch’s politics influence his publications, David Muir worried: ‘For that reason, this has turned into a painful decision’ for the family that owns the WSJ. ‘Sell for $5 billion? Or is that selling out? There were [. . . ] fears in the newsroom.’ On screen, a WSJ headline: ‘Fear, Mixed with Some Loathing; Many Reporters at Wall Street Journal Fret Over Murdoch’s Arrival.’ ”
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Sam Brownback was not happy about a Catholic-bashing email sent by an evangelical Protestant pastor in support of rival Mike Huckabee.