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Rupert Murdoch could never get a job at Fox News

The liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America has relentlessly gone after Fox News for promoting -- playing a key role in building, actually -- the tea party movement. Tuesday night at the National Press Club, Ari Rabin-Havt, a former Democratic strategist and now a Media Matters VP, tossed NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch a question about the network's coverage of tea parties.

RABIN-HAVT: Your business network host David Asman told viewers they needed to visit the tea party Web site to buy merchandise, and your network had graphics saying "Fox Day Tea Parties." Is it appropriate for a news network to engage in that much politics?

MURDOCH: No, I don't think we should be supporting the tea party or any other party. I'd like to investigate what you're saying before I have any...

It's a strange exchange, made stranger by this video clip of it -- it's not entirely clear whether Murdoch is dodging the question or doesn't fully hear it.

By David Weigel  |  April 7, 2010; 4:11 PM ET
Categories:  Tea Party  
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