After Publicly Criticizing Trump, Murdoch Makes Peace

News Corp Executive Chairman and Hall of Fame inductee Rupert Murdoch attends the 2014 Television Academy Hall of Fame on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Images)
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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch reportedly spoke on the phone with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to CNN, after rumors swirled that Murdoch’s wishes to have Fox News cover Trump’s campaign less caused internal disagreements at the network.

The phone call, which took place about a week ago, was described as a “peace making effort,” according to CNN.

Murdoch reportedly told Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes to “back off the Trump coverage” at the conservative news channel and Ailes told Murdoch he was going to cover the campaign “the way he wanted to.”

Ailes later said that his relationship with Murdoch “has never been better.”

Murdoch has privately criticized Trump and has also taken to Twitter to air his grievances.

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  1. “Since the masses have only a poor acquaintance with abstract ideas, their reactions lie more in the domain of the feelings, where the roots of their positive as well as their negative attitudes are implanted…The emotional grounds of their attitude furnish the reason for their extraordinary ability. It is always more difficult to fight against faith than against knowledge. And the driving force which has brought about the most tremendous revolutions on this earth have never been a body of scientific teaching which has gained power over the masses, but always a devotion which has inspired them, and often a kind of hysteria which has urged them into action. Whoever wishes to win over the masses must know the key that will open the door to their hearts. It is not objectivity, which is a feckless attitude, but a determined will…”

    Those who Murdoch hired to allow FOX “news” to destroy the objectivity of an entire generation of Americans know well the principles set forth by the author of the above passage.

    Aside from any so-called “practical” considerations, it is fitting that Murdoch would recognize the pure emotional appeal of Trump to his followers

  2. Murdoch is one of the worst things ever to come out of Australia.

  3. The synchronicity is awesome. Imagine the power of two extra-strong forces joining together to be MORE than the sum of their parts…It’s like…It’s like…

    “American automobile company formed by the 1954 merger of Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and Hudson Motor Car Company. At the time, it was the largest corporate merger in U.S. history.”

  4. Awwww…isn’t that special. Almost brought a tear to my eye. How touching. Really.

    GROUP HUG!!!
    Your Moment of Kumbaya:
    I forgot…that might be a little too Swahili for these folks.

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