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"Murdoch’s Bid to Buy the US Presidency."

Rupert Murdoch’s Bid to Persuade Gen. David Petraeus to Run as Republican Candidate in the 2012 Presidential Election - Why the Washington Post killed the story of Murdoch’s bid to buy the US presidency

By Jonathan Cook | Global Research, December 21, 2012

Carl Bernstein, of All the President’s Men fame, has a revealing commentary in the Guardian today, though revealing not entirely in a way he appears to understand. Bernstein highlights a story first disclosed earlier this month in the Washington Post by his former journalistic partner Bob Woodward that media mogul Rupert Murdoch tried to “buy the US presidency”.

A taped conversation shows that in early 2011 Murdoch sent Roger Ailes, the boss of his most important US media outlet, Fox News, to Afghanistan to persuade Gen David Petraeus, former commander of US forces, to run against Barack Obama as the Republican candidate in the 2012 presidential election. Murdoch promised to bankroll Petraeus’ campaign and commit Fox News to provide the general with wall-to-wall support.

Murdoch’s efforts to put his own man in the White House failed because Petraeus decided he did not want to run for office. “Tell [Ailes] if I ever ran,” Petraeus says in the recording, “but I won’t … but if I ever ran, I’d take him up on his offer.”

Bernstein is rightly appalled not just by this full-frontal attack on democracy but also by the fact that the Washington Post failed to splash with their world exclusive. Instead they buried it inside the paper’s lifestyle section, presenting it as what the section editor called “a buzzy media story that … didn’t have the broader import” that would justify a better showing in the paper.

In line with the Washington Post, most other major US news outlets either ignored the story or downplayed its significance.

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Not the First Time

Just my guess, but I'd bet this happens virtually every election season with someone wanting to take a short-cut.

So many people here, on DP, kept wanting some rich person to underwrite the Ron Paul campaign, that I assume this is a very common desire.

As Ron Paul said, it's a pretty poor revolution if it all hangs on one man.

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These news conglomerates involved in partisan politics

are a real concern for liberty. Had Fox News backed Ron Paul, instead of doing everything to undermine his campaign, the election may have had very different results.

Rupert Murdock is a British Spy and saboteur.

We should make examples of both him and his royal pal, Piers Morgan.

Our founding fathers and continental militias would have already dealt these men a blow or two.

For these foreign nationals to come here and subsequently seek to destroy our BILL OF RIGHTS while operating on our own soil should make us more than furious.

Anyone who is employed by them for or about the same purpose, to sabotage our way of life through preaching and spreading sedition against our constitution and natural rights should be dealt with according to the traditions of Benedict Arnold.

Only the most serious charges of TREASON and the death penalty should be considered and pursued in response to their overt attempts to undermine our form of government on behalf of their queen and arch enemy of the American people.

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Put him on the slow boat to

Put him on the slow boat to Australia with Piers Morgan. Isn't Australia where even Brits sent their undesirables?

"First rule of Government Spending: Why build one when you can have 2 at twice the price?"
-S.R. Hadden

I don't think the

Australians would want them, they've had more than enough already.
Send rhem to China, where they can experience first hand, what their both looking for.

"Hell is empty, and all the devils are here" (Shakespeare)
RP 2012~ Intellectual Revolution.

Rather it be North Korea

China's way too nice. Did you know Chineese don't resort to canibalism in winter??? Woah.

"First rule of Government Spending: Why build one when you can have 2 at twice the price?"
-S.R. Hadden