Murdoch is outed as a Republican-hater by Roger Ailes.

Media criticism.
Oct. 8 2007 6:27 PM

Rupert Murdoch, Closet Liberal

Fox News President Roger Ailes outs his boss as a Republican-hater.

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Murdoch's Republican-haters at HarperCollins don't stop at George W. Bush. Last summer the firm published an assault on Republican Rudy Giuliani. The catalog entry for Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11 reads:

Turning the mythology on its head, Grand Illusion reveals how Giuliani has revised his own history, casting himself as prescient terror hawk when in fact he ran his administration as if terrorist threats simply did not exist, too distracted by pet projects and turf wars to attend to vital precautions.

Given the behavior of Murdoch's book companies, Ailes would have to concede at the very least that his boss subsidizes hatred of Bush and Republicans. At least we know Murdoch loves Jesus, otherwise he wouldn't have purchased Zondervan, the Christian publishing house, in 1988. Or could it be that Murdoch is a closet Satanist in addition to being a closet liberal? I call Ailes' attention to The Satanic Bibleby Church of Satan founder Anton Szandor LaVey, which is published by Avon, a HarperCollins paperback imprint.

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