From MEDIA MATTERS:
Glenn Beck, responding to the White House’s request that anonymous donors to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s campaign efforts be disclosed, has gone all in in his defense of the group. On his radio show and online, Beck solicited contributions for the Chamber, declaring them “our parents, our grandparents — they are us.”
On his radio show, Beck said “I would like to make this the biggest fundraising day in the Chamber’s history” and told his employees to promote the Chamber on GlennBeck.com and his news site, TheBlaze.com, and “get somebody on the phone” from the group. Beck asked his callers to donate “if you are as sick as I am of this lot” (referring to President Obama), and said that the Obama administration “hates” the Chamber as much “as I hate Woodrow Wilson.”
Beck led his listeners step by step as to how they could donate to the group, and also added that he was personally donating $10,000 to the Chamber.
Later in the program, the Chamber’s Bruce Josten called in to Beck’s show, thanking him for his donation and telling him that Beck’s fundraising efforts had led to “the single highest contribution we’ve ever received” through their website.
From FINANCIAL TIMES:
Pressed by a shareholder advocate about donations to the Republican Governors Association and the US Chamber of Commerce, Mr Murdoch told News Corp’s annual meeting in New York it was “in the interests of the country and all the shareholders and [. . .] prosperity that there be a fair amount of change in Washington”.
The donations before next month’s US midterm elections had “nothing to do with the editorial policies” of News Corp’s media properties, which include Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, he added.
Mr Murdoch said that his comment last week that the RGA donation had been driven by his friendship with John Kasich, a former Fox News host and Republican gubernatorial candidate in Ohio, had been only “a throwaway line”.
At a meeting where different shareholders voiced praise and criticism of Fox News and Glenn Beck, its most divisive host, Mr Murdoch said he did not agree with everything that was said on the “simply unstoppable” cable channel.
However, he strongly defended the news channel and Roger Ailes, its president. He said Matthew Freud, his son-in-law, “couldn’t be more wrong” when he said this year he was “ashamed and sickened by Mr Ailes’s horrendous and sustained disregard” of journalistic standards.