On March 18, 2014, the creator of the Drudge Report, Matt Drudge, declared, "Rupert Murdoch is the greatest living newsman on earth." Drudge added it was unlikely there would ever be another as brilliant as Murdoch at "fracturing" the media landscape. However, with Murdoch currently under the "threats of DOJ punishment for UK wrongdoing," Drudge wondered if "even the great Rupert Murdoch" might be "contained by Obama."
During Obama's presidency, the Drudge Report has pushed a continuous board of stories highlighting what Drudge considers to be attempts of the Department of Justice (DOJ), headed by Eric Holder, to silence the voices of those who cherish liberty. Drudge, cryptic and eccentric as he might be considered, has not been subtle.
Back in January, amid Drudge Report headline links to multiple stories of arrests, indictments and alleged harassment of high profile conservative critics of President Obama and his administration, Drudge made a couple of cold tweets aimed straight at Holder:
- They are going after the Obama critics with indictments. VA Gov. Now Dinesh D'souza. Holder unleashing the dogs...
- Holder dangling 'indictments' over News Corp's head too. Behavior modification... http://ind.pn/1dzu48O
Liberal news sites jumped on Drudge's tweets with indignant accusations. Politico and Media Matters cried foul, accusing Drudge of stoking "coals of conspiracy." (Refer to: "Drudge's 'Holder unleashing the dogs' D'Zouza tweet spurs liberal backlash")
On the Drudge Report, President Obama's administration has shown marked interest in the current Murdoch empire investigation in England. Drudge has chronicled those articles on his website. News coming from the White House that if Scotland Yard can't bring down Murdoch, the FBI is ready and prepared to go after Murdoch have raised some eyebrows in conservative circles.
In the meantime, like Drudge, Murdoch has a Twitter page and his comments are frequent and lively. Murdoch's tweets are surprisingly even handed regarding President Obama, whom he often refers to as "POTUS" or even "OPTUS" in a rare typo.
If Murdoch is worried by the threat that Holder might be trying to contain him, it doesn't show. The bulk of Murdoch's criticism for Obama has been focused on Benghazi while he constantly urges Obama to be an education president.
Murdoch speaks with passion and consistency of his belief that Obama is right to be concerned about inequality, right on immigration as he stresses his belief that education is the only solution to level the economic field for poorer Americans. In his mind, stretching the minds of Americans is far better than stretching the welfare reach.
Murdoch tweeted that a "Welfare state [is] great if [it is a] real safety net and not so big to provide alternative life style." On Obamacare, Murdoch quipped Obama should rename it, "Pelosi-care" in order to share the burden of his signature legislation.
On journalism, certainly a passion Murdoch shares with Drudge, Murdoch once was quoted in the Wall Street Journal saying:
The future of journalism is more promising than ever, limited only by editors and producers unwilling to fight for their readers and viewers, or government using its heavy hand either to over-regulate or subsidize us. From the beginning, newspapers have prospered for one reason: the trust that comes from representing their readers' interests and giving them the news that's important to them. That means covering the communities where they live, exposing government or business corruption, and standing up to the rich and powerful.
Matt Drudge's praise for Rupert Murdoch may seem to many to be a slap in the face of the Obama administration. Matt's comment, that "New 'journalism rules' from Holder describe 'official duties as member of news media.' I didn't realize First Amendment required membership!" defines how sacred First Amendment rights are to Drudge. As often is the case, there is a Drudge Report headline thread today of stories related to journalism oppression, reflecting Obama's alleged "Fear of coverage."
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