Skip to comments.News Corp. President Endorses Kerry
Posted on 08/04/2004 2:59:00 PM PDT by mhking
According to the Kerry for President campaign, News Corp. President and chief operating officer Peter Chernin has endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate. News Corp. owns Fox News Channel.
That would put Chernin in the ranks of some other Kerry-supporting media executives, including Barry Diller, Kirk Kerkorian (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.) and Harvey and Robert Weinstein, who backed the release of Michael Moore's controversial anti-Bush documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11.
The Chernin endorsement was among that of 200 business leaders announced Wendesday, with Chernin attending a Wall Street to Main Street summit held by Kerry in Iowa.
The move didn't appear to surprise News Corp. Chernin talked to Fox New Channel about the endorsement Wednesday. Appearing on Your World with Neil Cavuto, he said he was not anti-Bush but explained why he thought News Corp. would benefit from a Kerry presidency.
"I think the two things that will be most important to News Corp is--one is education. We're a company where we don't manufacture anything. We depend on ideas. We essentially export ideas around the world and our ability to create those ideas is based on a highly educated creative workforce and so I think more than anything education is the thing that will be of greatest value to News Corp.
" I think the other thing is a real global focus, a focus on, you know, it's a world-wide market of 5 billion people, and I think the more this country looks outward and develops close relationships with economies and countries around the world, I think it creates bigger markets for our products and our ideas.
"This democracy is about making choices," he said, "and my choice is that I believe that Mr. Kerry can do a good job moving our economy forward."
Chernin's fondness for Kerry is no secret. He held a fund-raiser for Kerry on the Fox studio lot earlier in the year.
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What does Rupert say?
No, siree. Not biased at all.
This guy has got to be the biggest egotistical idiot ever.
So now he expects us to continue watching Fox news.
Murdoch had better wake up.
You are multi-talented! Love it.
I was watching Neil Cavuto today. It was a great setup. Kerry's gonna lose his base and fast if they saw this program.
Stuart Varney was really trumping it up about all the corporate CEO's supporting Kerry. Oh man..you know the greens had to be SEETHING MAD!!
Thanks. Now I gotta drive home. Later.
And (liberal) people say that the Fox News Channel is biased toward whom? Are they kidding themselves?
Chernin would be fired in a New York minute if he endorsed the horse faced socialist phony francophile psychopath.
Isn't Kerry fro the little people that he is so in touch with? Gotta run. Later
Peter, do you enjoy showing off your, you know, stupidity?
Chernin for Kerry. Rupert Murdoch for Bush.
Fair and Balanced.
Murdoch, Rupert Mr.:
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE (R)
BUSH, GEORGE W (R) President BUSH-CHENEY '04 INC
I'll start worrying the day Roger Ailes starts wearing a Kerry button. Won't happen.
Calm down a little...remember it's Fox's job to be "fair and balanced." It doesn't hurt to have some of that in corporate management either. As a newsman in years past I worked for very liberal papers (I had to eat!) that had extremely conservative publishers: they had very little say about newsroom operations. I wouldn't go that far about most TV networks today, but usually corporate officers worry about the bottom line and leave subsidiary operations in the hands of their respective professionals.
They just showed a clip of him on FoxNews saying that fighting two wars is bad for the US and Bush has been isolationist in his foreign policy.
How can we be fighting two wars and be isolationist at the same time?
I watch Fox less and less, usually just to watch Hume, who also seems to be there less and less. If he thinks John Kerry is going to improve education through support of the NEA, or global trade with his protectionist rhetoric, he ought to talk to those of us who have overcome both of these obstacles.
I'm not watching Fox News any longer, I can get all of my news here and on C-Span.
Roger Ailes hates Bush. He has a blog and has basically stated so. He is definitely voting for Kerry.
Well, he did appear today at Kerry's economic summit in Davenport, IA, where he did in fact endorse Kerry.
And assuming that's true, someone should inform him that 31 nations have had troops on the ground in Iraq. .....a coalition that Peter and his ilk do their very best to ignore.
mean = meant
Everything you say is very true.
Now here comes the however.
However: I consider democrats. liberals, greens, socialists, and other associated vermin to pose such a danger to our country and our way of life that I have absolutely no patience any longer for anyone or anything that supports them.
I have to admit that this attitude is an unreasonable, unbalanced, and totally subjective quirk of mine, but I've learned to live with it.
He will be fired within 100 days.
I hope so. Murdoch supported Al Gore in 2000. Do you know if Murdoch has contributed to either Kerry or the DNC?
He did? Do you have a link to the relevant quotes from his blog? I seriously doubt that Roger Ailes is voting for Kerry.
President Bush ballooned the Dept. Of Ed. budget, and still it isn't enough? Jessie Ventura had one thing right, public education is a black hole. How much money will ever be enough?
Here is a record of his contributions.
Pretty interesting. He supported Kerry as a Senator, but not for President. He has also supported other Democrat candidates and Republican candidates at different times.
I'll answer your question with another one: Should a newspaper endorse candidates on its editorial page? Most do. I don't think terms of employment invalidate the
First Amendment. I think it speaks well of a company that allows its employees to take political positions that might be considered "out of line" with the company's. (It also might be good PR as well!)
Those big guys support both sides, generally. The big business types here will contribute to both parties. For many of them, ideology is irrelevant, they're just after access.
If you're referring to rogerailesblogspot.com I think you've been taken in. I just visited there and am 99% certain it's a Dummycrat front. Did you read the disclaimer? The best proof is that it's amateurishly done, and the real Ailes is anything but an amateur! I can't find anything on whois but I'll write Fox and try to pin it all down.
LOL! I have a few of those unreasonable, subjective attitudes too -- and far be it from me to try to talk another guy out of his! For what it's worth, I think you'll miss a lot of good info by avoiding Fox.
according to opensecrets.org, Murdoch donated the maximum amount of $2000 to Gore in 2000.
I think you may be right, but I'd love to know for sure. Please let us know if you find anything out.
You know a lot of my post was bluster. I had pretty well stopped using any TV for my news source a couple of years ago. I tend to like a lot of richness in the detail of my news and it seems that only the I'net can supply that anymore.
When I do watch TV for info I always default to FNS and will because, as you correctly opined, the content still tends to be the most objective of that medium.
Thank God for Free Republic, talk radio, and the blogosphere.
That's what I thought. I imagine they do anything to protect their businesses.
Yeah, I knew. Going a bit over the top for effect is my style of humor and I'm always surprised at how many people take me seriously.
You're absolutely right about how great it is to finally have alternative sources of news. But I'm also an admirer of most of the folks at Fox. One proof of how much good it's doing is listening to the howls of the politicians and competing media that want to censor it.
Dear Mr. Hannity,
I am a long-time fan of both your radio and TV shows. I am writing this to you instead of to your management at Fox News because I thought what I have to say might strike a sympathetic chord with you.
There was a recent story in the news about the endorsement of John Kerry by many corporate CEOs, among them (apparently) Peter Chernin of News Corp., the parent company of Fox News. While it is fine for an individual to support any candidate according to his or her conscience, I believe it is inappropriate for the CEO of any company to endorse a particular candidate as CEO. This is especially the case for a news organization, where this behavior leads to an appearance of bias.
There is very little that I can personally do about this, except for one thing: I will not be watching Fox News again until the day after the election. This is unfortunate, because in the past I have relied upon Fox News to report fairly both sides of the issues of the day. I particularly enjoyed watching your program, Hannity and Colmes. I hope I will enjoy it again after the election.
Exactly...it is about influence for their bottom lines. They have no loyalty to anyone. Wake up folks.
Murdock endorsed Gore in 2000. Just more proof that FOX NEWS is part of the Vst Right-Wing Conspiracy!
"However: I consider democrats. liberals, greens, socialists, and other associated vermin to pose such a danger to our country and our way of life that I have absolutely no patience any longer for anyone or anything that supports them."
Out of curiosity how old are you?
I started down the trail to where you are when I became 50. When the Clintoons won, I joined your position. I was 54.
Then I moved even more to the right in the 2000 election I was 62 the day of the election.
Now at age 65 and I will be 66 the Friday after the election, I have even less tolerance for the liberals and pseudo conservatives. 9/11 helped to really firm that up.
You wake up. We are not as dumb as you would for us to believe.
Many of these elite rat CEOs have been major Rat donors for decades and seldom if ever donate to the Republicans.
Many are like Buffet, SoreA$$ and Lewis, the owner of Progressive Insurance are as out spoken against GW as Whoopi was. The bozos who own Costco are radical rats, who hate GW and any republican. The CEO of Apple is so in bed with the rats, he sat with the Hildebea$T in one Clintoons state of the union speeches. Martha Stewart was one of these elites.
Nice try to cover for these elite Rat slime bags. It will not fly with most of us.
This explains to me the over fairness that I have seen in Fox the last 3 years.
I cancelled cable to get Fox on Dish. Now, I seldom watch FOX as it is not much better than ABCNNBC BS.
My news mainly comes from Free Republic.
Who is covering? Just stating the obvious to those who are shocked. Why is anyone shocked?
Here's his blog:
I don't remember when exactly I read he didn't like Bush, but I definitely remember reading it somewhere there.
I hope you are right, because I was REALLY disappointed when I found the blog and read it!
I hope FOX News ratings drop to that of CNN. I will be tuning out especially after the way they went easy on the RAT convention. I think I can make it through my days without ever watching any of the main news stations in anyway. They all suck.