Rupert Murdoch, the conservative media mogul whose New York Post tabloid savaged Hillary Clinton’s initial aspirations to become a US senator for New York, has agreed to host a political fundraiser for her re-election campaign.
The decision underlines an incongruous thawing of relations between Mr Murdoch and Mrs Clinton, who in 1998 coined the phrase “vast rightwing conspiracy” to denounce critics of her husband, such as Fox News, the conservative cable channel owned by Mr Murdoch’s News Corporation.
Mr Murdoch will host the fundraiser, due to be held by July, on behalf of News Corp.
One person involved in the event said it reflected his views of her as a senator, rather than as a presidential candidate. “They have a respectful and cordial relationship. He has respect for the work she has done on behalf of New York. I wouldn’t say it was illustrative of a close ongoing relationship. It is not like they are dining out together.”
Mr. Murdoch is a pragmatist; he knows that you have to work with the people in power, and in New York that’s Hillary Clinton.
He’s also in the entertainment business, and he’s probably doing it so we can all watch Bill O’Reilly’s head explode.