Murdoch steps up visibility in US politics

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Associated Press

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 6 at 6:05 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Rupert Murdoch has long used his worldwide media empire to promote conservative causes. But his recent complaints about Mitt Romney signal an effort boost his visibility in U.S. politics.

Murdoch founded the global media conglomerate News Corp. which owns news outlets popular with conservatives like Fox News Channel. But Murdoch has until now been far less influential in U.S. politics than he has in his native Australia and until recently in England, where a phone hacking scandal involving several Murdoch-owned newspapers has shaken his status as a fearsome power broker.

Murdoch began his critique of Romney on Twitter, the social networking site. He wants the former Massachusetts governor to shake up his staff and take more risks if he hopes to beat President Barack Obama.

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