Saturday, April 05, 2008
Speaking of right-wing propagandists and Democratic presidential contestants:
LONDON -- A media tycoon named Murdoch is throwing a huge gala in support of Barack Obama's campaign for the Democratic nomination.
That would be television tycoon Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch. She's hosting a fundraiser for Obama later this month at her London home.
The invitation to the April 28 event at Murdoch's west London house lists Murdoch as one of eight "event chairs." The others include Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Warner Bros. U.K. managing director Josh Berger and U.S.-born chef Ruth Rogers.
Rupert Murdoch is a well-known conservative, and his New York Post newspaper was a longtime foe of the Clinton administration. Earlier this year, the Post endorsed Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.
News Corp. is one of the world's largest media empires, and owns the Times and Sun newspapers in Britain, British Sky Broadcasting and the Fox News Channel.
Elisabeth Murdoch, 39, is a former managing director of Sky Networks who left her father's company in 2000 to start her own television production company, Shine Ltd.