It could have been so much fun. And now most of the media won’t even touch it.
Carl Bernstein, The Guardian:
So now we have it: what appears to be hard, irrefutable evidence of Rupert Murdoch’s ultimate and most audacious attempt – thwarted, thankfully, by circumstance – to hijack America’s democratic institutions on a scale equal to his success in kidnapping and corrupting the essential democratic institutions of Great Britain through money, influence and wholesale abuse of the privileges of a free press.
In the American instance, Murdoch’s goal seems to have been nothing less than using his media empire – notably Fox News – to stealthily recruit, bankroll and support the presidential candidacy of General David Petraeus in the 2012 election.
Fox News’ inventor and president, Roger Ailes, dispatched an emissary to Afghanistan to urge Petraeus to turn down President Obama’s expected offer to become CIA director and, instead, run for the Republican nomination for president, with promises of being bankrolled by Murdoch
Just imagine if the bio-bimbo story had emerged mid-campaign.
You can hear Kathleen MacFarland of FOX deliver the offer here:
“The big boss is bankrolling it. Roger’s going to run it. And the rest of us are going to be your in-house”
By the way, I predicted that the Republicans would run Petraeus. This shows how close I was.