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Rupert Murdoch, open borders crusader

Not news: Michael Bloomberg uniting wealthy executives for a pro-immigration reform project called the "Partnership for a New American Economy." News: the participation of Rupert Murdoch.

Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp., appeared together Thursday on Fox News to discuss the effort. "We're just going to keep the pressure on the congressmen," Murdoch said. "I think we can show to the public the benefits of having migrants and the jobs that go with them."

Does this represent a shift for the owner of Fox News? Not really, says Center for Immigration Studies executive director Mark Krikorian.

"Yes, I watched Murdoch on Fox," says Krikorian. "Interviewed on his own network by one of his employees! Come on! Would you ask tough questions?"

Krikorian points out that Murdoch, whose News Corp. has owned the Wall Street Journal since 2007, has made no changes to the immigration position of a newspaper that pro-restriction conservatives consider hopelessly biased toward open borders.

"Honestly, you'll hear complaints from immigration hawks that Fox News itself is squishy," says Krikorian. "They were way behind on the 2006 and 2007 immigration bills. It took them a long time to catch up with the outrage out there."

Immigration activists might know this, but the Murdoch hook is obviously the best thing Bloomberg has going for this project.

By David Weigel  |  June 24, 2010; 4:49 PM ET
Categories:  Immigration  
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