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Rupert Murdoch Directly Uses Fox to Voice Political Opinion

Reported by Janie - April 22, 2008 -

In the final minutes of America's Newsroom with E.D. Hill today, Hill seemed to sneak in one final report filed by Fox Correspondent James Rosen, bashing Europe and Democrats, using words directly from Rupert Murdoch himself.

Hill introduced the segment and Rosen, "America has a long history with NATO, but the changing political landscape is putting the alliance under pressure. At a meeting of the Atlantic Alliance, News Corporation chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch put NATO under the microscope in a wide-ranging discussion of international cooperation. Fox News is owned by News Corp. James Rosen is in Washington with the story."

Rosen framed his opening by making what seemed to be a statement, but was a synopsis of Murodch's speech before the Atlantic Council, "Europe has no longer the political will or the social culture to support military engagements in support of itself or its' allies, a fact that is making NATO a week military alliance. Strong medicine from Sir Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, this channel's parent company and the world's largest media conglomerate. Sir Rupert was honored last night by the Atlantic Council here in Washington for distinguished business leadership. In remarks afterwards, he criticized House Democrats for scuttling an up or down vote earlier this month on a proposed free trade act with Columbia. Democrats want the measure to include greater protections for workers, Mr. Murdoch argued ratification of the pact will support Colombian President Alvero Uribe in his war against narcoterrorists.

Also, Sir Rupert faulted Western European Nations for not doing more to help NATO win its ongoing war against the resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan. Despite this strain on trans-Atlantic relations, however; he says there is no shortage of nations which share American views."

Fox cut to a clip of Murdoch speaking before the Council, "I'm thinking of countries like Australia, who sent troops to Iraq, Israel, which has been fighting Islamic terrorism since it's founding, and Japan, who generally follows a more Western policy than most of Western Europe. Other countries need to support them as they struggle against the dark forces trying to pull them down."

Of course, Murdoch's comments were left to stand on their own with no rebuttal, despite many military leaders arguing against Murdoch's opinion. According to Col. Thomas Lynch:

"NATO and coalition forces are 'stumbling toward failure' in Afghanistan and no amount of military success against the Taliban will bring an end to the war without a fundamental change in political policy, says a provocative article written by a serving U.S. army officer.

Col. Thomas Lynch, contributing in the latest edition of The American Interest, a Washington-based policy journal, says the U.S. and NATO cannot win in Afghanistan without convincing both Afghans and Pakistanis that Western military and economic support is there to stay.

Only a permanent NATO force - of the kind that guaranteed the security of western Europe after the Second World War, and still safeguards the security of South Korea - can bring about peace and stability in Afghanistan, says Lynch in his article titled 'Afghan Dilemmas: Staying Power.'"

In a new twist for Fox, rather than spinning a story to favor Murdoch's opinion, an entire segment was provided to directly give viewers the political opinion of News Corp's CEO, while disguising it as a simple news story.