Rupert Murdoch may not know it but his own Fox News has been against gun control since long before he recently tweeted about being for it. Yes, while Fox News' "Medical A Team" psychiatrist Keith Ablow gratuitously announced last week, "Those who call for gun control after incidents like this contribute nothing to the solution," Murdoch was one of those calling for gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings. He tweeted, "Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy." Murdoch also tweeted, "Nice words from POTUS on shooting tragedy, but how about some bold leadership action?"
As Media Matters' Eric Boehlert noted, if Murdoch had been Bob Costas, Fox would have spent hours demonizing him.
The morning after his comments (criticizing America's "gun culture"), Fox targeted Costas for a full-on barrage of criticism, denouncing him for having the audacity to broach the topic of gun violence. Costas was "kind of a coward" in the way he made his comments, which were possibly fueled by his own "political ambitions," according to Fox.
By going on Twitter and demanding Obama take action while Murdoch's highest profile property in the United States actively tries to silence debate about gun reform, the media baron either revealed himself to be a hypocrite of historic proportions, or clueless about Fox News' content. It's content that seems specifically designed to interfere with any attempt to have a rational conversation about guns. (Just ask Costas.)
So, Mr. Murdoch, if you want us to believe you, it's time to put your mouth where your money is.