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Rupert Murdoch and Fox News planned to make General Petraeus President of the US


owedtojoy

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Just when you thought Rupert Murdoch had bigger problems, he and his lieutenant Roger Ailes (head of Fox News) have been exposed as would-be Kingmakers in the Republican Party.

Petraeus, according to his own testimony, was approached 18 months ago by a key aide of Ailes who promised to bankroll a Presidential run. Petraeus said he was also approached separately by Rupert Murdoch.

Clearly, the thinking was that a General with a "war hero" image would easily beat President Obama in this year's election. Petraeus' reputation was based on the Iraq "surge" of 2006 that made the country quiet enough to justify a US withdrawal.

Petraeus' testimony will again call in question the GOP's relationship with the news network, which openly advocates for Republican causes. It will also raise the thorny question of the party's relationship to its wealthy backers, and whether it is truly a party of the people. This was emphasized when a Senator resigned today to head up a think tank (the Heritage Foundation) funded by wealthy and corporate interests.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9722256/David-Petraeus-claimed-Rupert-Murdoch-wanted-to-bankroll-his-presidential-campaign.html

http://rt.com/usa/news/petraeus-fox-news-president-264/
 

ruserious

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Dermot Earley DSM would have made a fine President here.
 

owedtojoy

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Dermot Earley would have made a fine President here.
Dermot Early would not have lost the run of himself and start screwing his biographer.
 

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I'm starting to wonder if Murdoch didn't make a deal with Satan, is that f*cker ever going to have a heart attack/prostrate cancer/(insert you favourite painful terminal disease here)?

I have a nice 18 year old whiskey ready for when he slips slowly into an agonising death.
 

owedtojoy

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I'm starting to wonder if Murdoch didn't make a deal with Satan, is that f*cker ever going to have a heart attack/prostrate cancer/(insert you favourite painful terminal disease here)?

I have a nice 18 year old whiskey ready for when he slips slowly into an agonising death.
Don't be too nasty about the guy .. his 104-year old mother died today.

Apparently, he expects to run his News Empire until he is at least that age (he is 81 I think).

So that whiskey may be considerably older when it is opened.:D
 

Mackers

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Well they have trained a dog to drive a car a monkey in the Whitehouse? Forgot already had one GW.
 

sethjem7

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"It was fox wot won it!"

These guys a still tearing their hair out wondering why they lost the last election! White fifties American doesn't exist anymore and fundamentalist christian, right wing whack-jobs won't bring it back!
 

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I don't think the "war hero" image is as powerful as it once was especially as the Iraq and Afghan wars are winding down (albeit with much credit to Petraeus). Four of the last five losing Presidential candidates had served in combat and despite McCain, Kerry and Dole making much of their military credentials they all well beaten.

This election marked the first time in decades that neither candidate had any military experience.
 

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She was 103 and it was yesterday.

You going for a job with Fox? :)
Fox always try to make out elderly relatives of their owner are younger than they really are. Company policy. :p
 
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owedtojoy

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I don't think the "war hero" image is as powerful as it once was especially as the Iraq and Afghan wars are winding down (albeit with much credit to Petraeus). Four of the last five losing Presidential candidates had served in combat and despite McCain, Kerry and Dole making much of their military credentials they all well beaten.

This election marked the first time in decades that neither candidate had any military experience.
The military tag was never as powerful as it was made out to be. There has to be more.

Washington, Jackson, Grant, Zachary Taylor and Eisenhower were military high-achievers, and popular with the public. Scott, Hancock and MacArthur were also pretty distinguished militarily - but Scott and Hancock were nominated but defeated, and MacArthur never even got nominated.

Military experience helps, but it is no guarantee. On the other hand, with a powerful news network burnishing your military heroics 24/7 (as compared to the Muslim Communist Kenyan incumbent), who knows what might have happened?
 
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NYCKY

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The military tag was never as powerful as it was made out to be. There has to be more.

Washington, Jackson, Grant, Zachary Taylor and Eisenhower were military high-achievers, and popular with the public. Scott, Hancock and MacArthur were also pretty distinguished militarily - but Scott and Hancock were nominated but defeated, and MacArthur never even got nominated.

Military experience helps, but it is no guarantee. On the other hand, with a powerful news network burnishing your military heroics 24/7 (as compared to the Muslim Communist Kenyan incumbent), who knows what might have happened?
Military experience does help, it certainly helped JFK and gave him some gravitas and overcome concerns about his youth.

As for the Muslim Communist Kenyan incumbent, wasn't he also a Marxist? ;) On a serious note, we will never know but Petraeus would have been a formidable candidate.
 

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Military experience does help, it certainly helped JFK and gave him some gravitas and overcome concerns about his youth.

As for the Muslim Communist Kenyan incumbent, wasn't he also a Marxist? ;) On a serious note, we will never know but Petraeus would have been a formidable candidate.
So why didnt he run?
 

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Just when you thought Rupert Murdoch had bigger problems, he and his lieutenant Roger Ailes (head of Fox News) have been exposed as would-be Kingmakers in the Republican Party.

Petraeus, according to his own testimony, was approached 18 months ago by a key aide of Ailes who promised to bankroll a Presidential run. Petraeus said he was also approached separately by Rupert Murdoch.

Clearly, the thinking was that a General with a "war hero" image would easily beat President Obama in this year's election. Petraeus' reputation was based on the Iraq "surge" of 2006 that made the country quiet enough to justify a US withdrawal.

Petraeus' testimony will again call in question the GOP's relationship with the news network, which openly advocates for Republican causes. It will also raise the thorny question of the party's relationship to its wealthy backers, and whether it is truly a party of the people. This was emphasized when a Senator resigned today to head up a think tank (the Heritage Foundation) funded by wealthy and corporate interests.

David Petraeus claimed Rupert Murdoch wanted to bankroll his presidential campaign - Telegraph

Murdoch wanted to bankroll Petraeus' presidential campaign; Fox News chief wanted to run it — RT
This would be the same Heritage Foundation that was advocating for health insurance exchanges until Obama supported them, whereupon they called it 'Socialism'. :roll:
 

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I don't know. Maybe he just didn't want to run, after all as per the OP, it was Petraeus that was approached about running, not the other way around.
Barack Obama might be a shrewder operator than he is given credit. Persuading Petraeus to head the CIA turned out to be a master-stroke. I wonder how much the President knew about the approaches to the General.

Petraeus let the media attention and celebrity treatment go to his head. He embarked on an unwise sexual affair, and self-destructed.

Obama's political rivals have a strange habit of doing that. Andrew Sullivan reckons he a sort of political Road Runner, with the Opposition as Wile E. Coyote.
 
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