11:32 am Jul. 6, 2012
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There's been a lot of buzz lately about News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch's recent critiques of Mitt Romney.
Today, The New York Times' Jeremy Peters gets to the bottom of the "lukewarm feelings" of the influential media mogul for the Republican presidential nominee.
In this telling, their non-relationship stems from an ill-fated meeting with The Wall Street Journal's editorial board in 2007, when the ink on Murdoch's acquisition of the venerable broadsheet was barely dry, and Romney was vying with John McCain for his party's nomination in the 2008 cycle:
Romney and Journal staff members who attended said that despite being deeply prepared and animated — particularly on his love for data crunching — Mr. Romney failed to connect with either Mr. Murdoch or The Journal’s editorial page editor, Paul A. Gigot. Instead of articulating a clear and consistent conservative philosophy, he dwelled on organizational charts and executive management, areas of expertise that made him a multimillionaire as the head of his private equity firm, Bain Capital.
At one point, Mr. Romney declared that “I would probably bring in McKinsey,” the management consulting firm, to help him set up his presidential cabinet, a comment that seemed to startle the editors and left Mr. Murdoch visibly taken aback.
The Journal’s write-up of that meeting would later glibly refer to Mr. Romney as “Consultant in Chief.”
There hasn't been a peep on Murdoch's Twitter account since Monday, when he wrote: "Romney people upset at me! Of course I want him to win, save us from socialism, etc but should listen to good advice and get stuck in!"
In other news...
Barack Obama walks into a bar. The punchline? "Turn off Fox News!" [BuzzFeed]
Turns out HBO is taking a pass on that Roger Ailes' movie based on Gabe Sherman's forthcoming Fox News tome. [Deadline]
Will Time Warner follow News Corp. in breaking off its print products? [Ad Age]
The Wall Street Journal intern who was fired for fabricating stories pulled the same stunt at The Huffington Post. [The Atlantic Wire]
The final stages of the Yahoo CEO search. [AllThingsD]
GQ has sacked a longtime, scoop-oriented contributor. [New York Post]
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