In defense of Rupert Murdoch & Co.'s $1 million contribution to the Republican Governors Association.

Media criticism.
Aug. 18 2010 5:14 PM

Sympathy for Rupert Murdoch

In defense of his company's $1 million contribution to the Republican Governors Association.

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If there were only a way to give donations to FCC commissioners and staff, I'll bet Murdoch would do it. As an FCC commissioner (PDF) once put it, administrative agencies mass-produce laws whereas legislatures engage only in handicraft production. Meanwhile, if News Corp. wants to make me the chairman and CEO, I'll have to sleep on it over the weekend and talk to Don Graham about it. What company should hire me as CEO? Send ideas to Make a donation to my Twitter feed by following me. (E-mail may be quoted by name in "The Fray," Slate's readers' forum; in a future article; or elsewhere unless the writer stipulates otherwise. Permanent disclosure: Slate is owned by the Washington Post Co.)

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