- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Flipboard
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Tumblr
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
Rupert Murdoch’s faith in Mitt Romney seems to have been restored.
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.”
PHOTOS: Box Office Politics: The Movies and Stars Dems vs. GOPers Love (and Love to Hate)
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.
VIDEO: Mark Hamill on Mitt Romney: He Is ‘Not Actually Human’
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.”
STORY: Rupert Murdoch Attacks Tom Cruise, Calls Scientology ‘Creepy, Maybe Even Evil’
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.”
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day
More from The Hollywood Reporter
Taika Waititi, Eva Longoria and Niecy Nash-Betts Talk Leading the Diversity Charge at The Hollywood Reporter’s Raising Our Voices Luncheon
Tallulah Willis Opens Up About Coping With Father Bruce Willis’ Dementia, Says She’s “Known Something Was Wrong for a Long Time”
Sharon Stone Discusses Challenges With Getting Work Since Her Stroke, Rails Against “Anti-Woke Bullsh**” at THR’s Raising Our Voices Event
Harassment in Hollywood
Los Angeles District Attorney Decides Against Bringing Charges in Armie Hammer Sexual Misconduct Case
Boston University President Accuses 2023 Graduates of “Cancel Culture” After They Boo David Zaslav During Commencement