Fox News Billionaire Rupert Murdoch Supports Immigration
Rupert Murdoch has become a surprising immigration advocate.
The billionaire media mogul fought with congressional Democrats on Thursday over his belief that millions of unauthorized immigrants should be granted citizenship which seems to be in direct conflict with the opinions pushed on Fox News Network which is owned by his company News Corp.
Rep, Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), at a hearing on Capitol Hill, asked Murdoch to explain the “contradiction” and why his views were not promoted more through his news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal.
“We are not anti-immigration on Fox News,” Murdoch answered saying that his views are expressed in the Wall Street Journal “every day.”
Waters response: Not really…not really.
Murdoch’s testimony before a House Judiciary Committee immigration panel occurred as Senators Robert Menendez (NJ) and Patrick Leahy (VT), both Democrats, introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The bill that includes the DREAM Act, which, last week, failed in the Senate, includes workplace and border enforcement, a temporary worker program, and a path to legalization.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was alongside Murdoch as hey testified that comprehensive immigration reform was critical in strengthening America’s economy. Murdoch supports closing the U.S. borders, but says a path to citizenship should be created for responsible law-abiding immigrants already living in the country saying, “It is nonsense to talk about expelling 11 or 12 million people. Not only is it impractical, it is cost prohibitive.”
Murdoch openly spoke of his own immigration story.
“As an immigrant, I chose to live in America because it is one of the freest and most vibrant nations in the world,” he said. “And as an immigrant, I feel an obligation to speak up for immigration policies that will keep America the most economically robust, creative and freedom-loving nation in the world.”
Thursday, Media Matters of America said they think they know why Murdoch doesn’t see the contradiction in front of him at Fox News. When he’s around “they clean up their act,” Media wrote pointing to the example of when Bloomberg and Murdoch were on “Fox & Friends” and host Steve Doocy said “undocumented immigrants” as opposed to his usual “illegal aliens”.
In defense of the news station, Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas pointed to studies claiming American’s actually believe Fox News to be the “most fair” and balanced of all the news stations.
‘If you’re very, very liberal in your philosophies, you would tend to think Fox is conservative, but the American people have shown through public surveys that they consider Fox to be the most fair TV station in America,’ Smith told a news source.
Bloomberg and Murdoch launched Partnership for a New American Economy earlier this year. Partnership is a coalition of businesses and mayors of larger cities that says overall immigration reform in a necessity for a strong economy.
Bloomberg stated, “Our broken system of immigration in undermining our economy, slowing our recovery and hurting millions of Americans. We believe that immigration reform needs to become a top national priority. We’re urging members of both parties to help us shift the debate away from emotions and towards economics, because the economics couldn’t be any clearer.”
The Judiciary Committee’s immigration sub-committee hearing came less than a week after the same committee allowed fellow high-profiler, Stephen Colbert testified in court on behalf of immigrant farm workers.