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After several weeks of tweeting his displeasure over the GOP hopeful, the News Corp. chairman and CEO tweeted on Thursday: “At last Romney attacks, looks better. Keep it up! Still needs to address all Hispanics, 80 percent Multi-cultural. Dole got 20, Bush 45.”
While he wasn’t specific about what Romney has been attacking, it’s probably a reference to Romney’s focus on what President Barack Obama said recently about business owners
“If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen,” Obama said Friday in Roanoke, Virginia, and Romney has been attacking that statement ever since.
Murdoch followed up Thursday’s tweet with another: “Yesterday Obama went off script, showed real self ie government omnipotent, individuals secondary. Must be big damage.”
While the timing doesn’t quite fit, given Obama’s original comments are six days old, liberals are assuming Murdoch’s latest tweet still refers to them.
The progressive group Media Matters For America, for example, accused Murdoch of getting not only the date wrong but also Obama’s comments wrong, as well.
A one-minute clip of Obama making the remarks in question is below.
Media Matters on Thursday accused all of Murdoch’s empire, in fact, of purposely twisting the remarks made by Obama in his Friday speech.
“This endorsement of Fox News’ distortion of Obama’s remarks shows impressive message discipline throughout the entire News Corp. family, from the top (Murdoch) all the way down to the very, very bottom,” Media Matters said.
Until Thursday, Murdoch didn’t seem too happy with Romney because he wasn’t aggressive enough.
“When is Romney going to look like a challenger? Seems to play everything safe,” he tweeted in part on June 24, following up with: “Easy for Romney to spell out restoration of the American dream and bash incompetent administration. But not a word!”
On July 1, Murdoch tweeted: “Met Romney last week. Tough O Chicago pros will be hard to beat unless he drops old friends from team and hires some real pros. Doubtful.”
That tweet was followed by one that read, in part: “Romney people upset at me! Of course I want him to win, save us from socialism, etc but should listen to good advice.”
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