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Story 1: Will Trump Show Up For Fox News/Google Debate? — Hyping The Viewership — Probably Not! — Ratings Down? — Trump Will Not Be At Debate!– The Real Issue Is Immigration — Murdock: Open Borders and Higher Legal Immigration vs. Trump: Enforce Immigration Laws! — The Donor Class Are With Murdock —  The American People Are With Trump! — Videos

Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly go back and forth at the Fox News GOP debate

The Anti-Trump Network: Fox News Money Flows into Open Borders Group

O’Reilly: Trump – Like Gingrich in 2012 – Has a Lot to Gain by Facing Tough Questions

HIGHLIGHTS: BIll O’Reilly Presses Donald Trump on Skipping GOP Debate, Full Interview

Trump will *NOT* Participate in Fox News Debate this Thursday

Donald Trump will not participate in Fox News Debate moderated by Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris

Donald Trump Announces He Will Skip the Fox News GOP Debate Probably

Donald Trump says he will not participate In Republican Debate – Hannity

Donald Trump Says He Will Not Participate in Thursday’s GOP Debate

Republican Donor Class, Fox News and Murdock Tried To Take Out Trump In The First Debate:

The Real Issue Is Immigration Not Megyn Kelley

Rush Limbaugh: GOP Donors to Fox: TAKE OUT TRUMP

RUSH explains why Trump is skipping debate, says he was STUNNED at Fox News response

Rush Limbaugh defends Trump skipping Fox News debate

Word of ‘panic’ in GOP establishment as Trump maintains lead

Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly go back and forth at the Fox News GOP debate

Donald Trump: ‘We need to keep illegals out’ | Fox News Republican Debate

Immigration by the Numbers — Off the Charts

How Many Illegal Aliens Are in the US? – Walsh – 2

Rupert Murdoch Breaks From Fox News, Denounces Trump’s Racist Comments About Mexican Immigrants

Rupert Murdoch On Why He Supports Immigration Reform

Fox News Owner Rupert Murdoch Calls For Immigration Reform

Rupert Murdoch: Trump ‘wrong’ on immigration

Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch on solving immigration reform

Carlos Gutierrez and Rupert Murdoch on Immigration Reform

Trump polls social media: Should I do this Fox News debate or skip it because Megyn Kelly’s biased?

BY ALLAHPUNDIT

Consider this an olive branch to Trump supporters. Surely we can all come together and help him and Fox News promote their phony PR-stunt “feud” to hype Thursday night’s debate, can’t we?

To my surprise, at a little before 3 p.m. ET and with more than 11,000 votes banked, “yes” leads “no,” 52/48.

 

Follow the link and you arrive at this Instagram clip, in which Trump tries to stifle a grin:

What’s the fun in voting yes? Maximum drama requires a heavy “no” vote, increasing the contrived suspense and giving Trump the chance to seem extra magnanimous on Thursday night when he says, “You know, Megyn, people didn’t even want me to do this debate because of you. But I’m here because I care about Iowans.” Now, instead, he’s going to have to say, “You know, Megyn, I was inclined to not even do this debate because of you. But I’m here because the people wanted me to be.” In the meantime, Fox is enjoying the show too:

Fox responded on Tuesday afternoon with a tongue-in-cheek statement: “We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president — a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.”

Hypothesis: Trump could have, and maybe would have, skipped the debate if Cruz was pulling ahead in Iowa. I made the case yesterday that it wouldn’t be nuts for Trump to boycott and hold his own event in Iowa to “counterprogram” the debate; the usual suspects would call it a brilliant move, proof that he’s “not playing by their rules,” that he’ll shatter the media’s biased filter as president even though no one does more conventional media than Trump does. But realistically, that’s too much of a risk now that he’s ahead of Cruz in most polls. It’s a bold move to which Iowans would react unpredictably. Some undecideds might take it as proof that he’s scared of Kelly and/or Cruz; some might dismiss him as a narcissist who can’t bear to share the stage for his closing argument; some might regard it as arrogance, as though he thinks the race is won and no longer has to compete as eagerly for votes. Skipping the debate also would mean no Trump rebuttal of the inevitable Cruz attacks on his record. It’s worth risking all that and skipping it if you’re trailing and need to try something risky to reverse the trend, it’s another thing to do it if you’re ahead and looking to preserve the status quo. There’s no chance he’ll roll the dice with Cruz close behind him.

But everyone’s invested in pretending that this is a real feud since it makes for good copy, so go read Gabriel Sherman’s latest about how Roger Ailes is “struggling to draft a playbook to deal with Trump.” From what I can tell, apart from Kelly herself and a handful of other Foxies like Greg Gutfeld, the playbook seems to be to promote and defend Trump at every opportunity.Two exit questions for you now. First, is Sherman right about the meaning of this Trump quote?

While it remains highly unlikely that Trump actually won’t show up on Thursday, he continues to threaten the relationship between Fox News and its viewers. During his CNN interview, Trump played on Ailes’s leak anxiety, hinting that he has dirt on Kelly and is willing to use it. “Maybe I know too much about her,” he said.

Second, if he is right, what would the reaction on the right have been to candidate Obama idly tossing out something like that about a journalist who’d been hard on him in 2008?

Update: In case there was an iota of doubt, Roger Ailes told WaPo today that Kelly will be there on Thursday night whether that means Trump walks or not. Go figure that the network president won’t kneecap his biggest star just because one candidate half-jokingly says he might boycott.

http://hotair.com/archives/2016/01/26/trump-polls-social-media-should-i-do-this-fox-news-debate-or-skip-it-because-megyn-kellys-biased/

Trump refuses to reconsider debate in fiery Fox interview

By Jonathan Easley

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday night lashed out at Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in his first appearance on the network since he announced he’d boycott the next GOP debate.

Speaking on “The O’Reilly Factor,” Trump continued his long-running feud with Kelly, who has been criticizing ever since she challenged him on his past derogatory remarks about women at the first GOP debate in August.

“I have zero respect for Megyn Kelly,” Trump said. “I don’t think she’s good at what she does and I think she’s highly overrated. And frankly, she’s a moderator; I thought her question last time was ridiculous.”

Kelly is also set to moderate Thursday night’s debate on Fox News.

Trump is instead holding a rally in Des Moines at the same time as the Republican debate that he says will raise money for wounded veterans.

In the contentious interview with O’Reilly, Trump rebuffed the anchor’s attempts to convince him that he’s making a grave error by skipping the debate.

“I believe personally that you want to improve the country,” O’Reilly said. “By doing this, you miss the opportunity to convince others … that is true.

“You have in this debate format the upper hand — you have sixty seconds off the top to tell the moderator, ‘You’re a pinhead, you’re off the mark and here’s what I want to say’. By walking away from it, you lose the opportunity to persuade people you are a strong leader.”

But O’Reilly’s pitch fell flat with Trump. The GOP front-runner dug in his heels, insisting he intended to retaliate against the network by depriving them of ratings.

“Fox was going to make a fortune off this debate,” Trump said. “Now they’re going to make much less.”

O’Reilly said he was merely trying to convince Trump that his approach “is wrong because it’s better for people to see you in the debate format.”

He gave the example from 2012, when former Speaker Newt Gingrich was asked an embarrassing question by a CNN debate moderator at a South Carolina debate about allegations he had an open marriage.

Gingrich shut the moderator down and went on to win South Carolina, O’Reilly noted.

“That’s the kind of guy you are,” O’Reilly said. “You stick it to them and let them have it.”

Responded Trump: “Newt is a friend of mine and I thought it was an unfair question. But equally unfair was the question Megyn Kelly asked me.”

Trump also indicated that he’s tired of debating in general, saying the GOP had scheduled too many and was allowing people on stage, like former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, who had zero percent in the polls.

“We’re going to go on forever with these debates, at some point you have to start doing other things than debating,” Trump said.

Trump also blasted Fox for sending a statement Wednesday to the press questioning how he’d handle world leaders, like Russian president Vladmir Putin, if he couldn’t face down a journalist.

“I was not treated well by Fox, they came out with this ridiculous statement like it was written up by a child,” Trump said. “It was a taunt. And I said how much of this do you take?”

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-primaries/267282-donald-trump-oreilly-fox-news

Trump says he won’t participate in GOP debate on Fox News

By Philip Rucker, Dan Balz and Jenna Johnson

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump abruptly announced here Tuesday that he would not participate in Thursday’s scheduled debate, escalating his off-and-on feud with Fox News Channel and throwing the GOP campaign into turmoil.

Trump’s assertion, which his campaign manager insisted was irreversible, came less than one week before the kickoff Iowa caucuses. He once again defied the conventional rules of politics, and used his power and prominence to shape the campaign agenda and conversation.

So far, Trump’s untraditional moves have only expanded his support, but his threatened boycott leaves him open to criticism that for all his tough talk he is ducking face-to-face confrontations with his opponents and scrutiny from the Fox moderators.

Given Trump’s past flirtations with boycotting Fox, many will doubt his declaration until they see the other candidates take the debate stage on Thursday night without him.

The Republican debates have become must-see television, in part because of the allure of Trump’s star power and unpredictable candidacy. But he said Tuesday that he thinks Fox and other television networks have been taking advantage of him by selling advertisements for their debates at a high premium.

“Why should the networks continue to get rich on the debates?” Trump told reporters at a news conference in Marshalltown. “Why do I have to make Fox rich?”

The debate is scheduled to be in Des Moines on Thursday, and Trump said he would instead host a competing event in the state designed to raise money for wounded veterans.

Trump is the first candidate in modern memory to say he would withdraw from a debate at such a consequential moment on the primary calendar.

Trump long has objected to the participation of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly as one of the three moderators, claiming she has treated him unfairly with both her questioning of him at last August’s debate and her commentary since then.

Trump also said that a “wise-guy press release” that the network issued earlier on Tuesday belittling him was inappropriately antagonistic and childish.

Fox’s statement said that network officials “had learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president.”

The statement added that Trump “has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.”

After reading it, Trump said: “I said, ‘Bye-bye.’ ”

“Fox is playing games,” Trump said. “They can’t toy with me like they toy with everybody else. Let them have the debate. Let’s see how they do with the ratings.”

Earlier Tuesday, Fox News Channel Chairman and Chief Executive Roger Ailes said the network would defend Kelly even if it means losing Trump in the debate.

“Donald Trump’s campaign said Tuesday night that the Republican primary front-runner does not plan to participate in Thursday’s Fox News-Google GOP debate. is an excellent journalist, and the entire network stands behind her,” Ailes said. “She will absolutely be on the debate stage on Thursday night.”

In Iowa, Trump is in a fierce and increasingly nasty fight with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Both men have traded places atop recent polls here, and the outcome of Monday’s caucuses could have a profound effect on the direction of the nominating contest.

By announcing that he will not debate, Trump likely will dominate news coverage and deny Cruz and other opponents a face-to-face confrontation before Iowa Republicans go to caucus.

Trump’s decision also allows him to avoid direct questioning from Kelly and her co-moderators, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace, at a time when he has come under increased scrutiny over his past positions on social issues that are important to many Iowa Republicans.

The reaction from Trump’s rivals ranged from criticism to mockery.

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who has been Trump’s most persistent tormentor of late, immediately tweeted: “.@realDonaldTrump Do you know who else is scared of tough qs from Fox & @megynkelly? Barack Obama. Enough whining.”

Cruz said on Mark Levin’s radio show: “If Donald is afraid to defend his record, that speaks volumes. If he thinks Megyn Kelly is so scary, what does he think he’ll do with [Russian President] Vladimir Putin?”

Cruz challenged Trump to a one-on-one debate sometime over the next week.

“I’m happy to go an hour and a half mano-a-mano — me and Donald with no moderators anytime before the Iowa caucuses,” he said.

At an event Tuesday night, Cruz said: “Donald is a fragile soul. You know, if she asks him mean questions, I mean his hair might stand on end.” He likened it to skipping a job interview.

The Republican National Committee, which sanctions and helps organize the official debates, vowed late Thursday not to intervene in Trump’s dispute with Fox.

“Candidates can choose whether to participate in a debate or not,” RNC chief strategist and spokesman Sean Spicer said.

When Trump addressed reporters before a rally in Marshalltown, he said he “most likely” would skip the debate. He then said the decision was “pretty irrevocable.”

This was not the first time Trump had threatened to boycott a debate, though in the past the threats were merely stunts.

Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, insisted this time was different. Speaking to reporters at the back of the venue while Trump was rallying his supporters, Lewandowski vowed that the decision was final.

“He’s definitely not participating in the Fox News debate,” Lewandowski said. “His word is his bond.”

Asked whether there was anything Fox executives could do to persuade Trump to reconsider, Lewandowski said that there was not and that there were no ongoing negotiations between the campaign and the network.

The Trump campaign later issued a statement affirming the decision, saying: “Unlike the very stupid, highly incompetent people running our country into the ground, Mr. Trump knows when to walk away. Roger Ailes and FOX News think they can toy with him, but Mr. Trump doesn’t play games.”

Earlier in the day, Trump and his advisers had been preparing for the debate. Adviser Sam Clovis was putting together briefing books and assisting with policy discussions, and newly hired adviser Stephen Miller was set to join him.

Trump signaled on Monday that he had reservations about the debate, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he had issues with Kelly. “I don’t like her,” Trump told Blitzer. “She doesn’t treat me fairly.”

Trump and Kelly tangled at the first GOP debate in August in Cleveland. Kelly asked Trump to explain offensive comments denigrating women, and he took offense to the question.

Later he escalated the attacks against Kelly. In an interview with CNN two days after the debate, Trump said: “She gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions. You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes — blood coming out of her wherever. In my opinion, she was off base.”

Since then he has carried on his feud with the Fox anchor. On Tuesday, explaining his decision not to debate this week, he referred to Kelly as a “lightweight” and a “third-rate reporter.”

Throughout the controversy, Kelly has held her ground, saying her questions were tough but fair.

Some of Trump’s supporters said in interviews Tuesday night that they support his decision because they think he has been treated unfairly in past debates.

“It could turn out to be a very smart move on his part, because one of the moderators is Megyn Kelly, and him and her don’t get along real well — they’re almost like an ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriend,” said James Wachendorf, 30, who awaited Trump at a rally in Iowa City.

Wachendorf’s wife, Tara, 27, said of Trump: “Everything that he does is so well-thought-out. He’s good at creating controversy, and that’s what’s bringing him more voters. People like that.”

The couple wore matching red Make America Great Again hats, and they both plan to caucus for Trump on Monday. They said they watch all of the debates. But if Trump doesn’t show on Thursday, they said they might not tune in.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-says-he-wont-participate-in-gop-debate-on-fox-news/2016/01/26/58fa0b2e-c490-11e5-a4aa-f25866ba0dc6_story.html

 

The Anti-Trump Network: Fox News Money Flows into Open Borders Group

by JULIA HAHN

The announcement from Donald Trump’s campaign that the Republican frontrunner will “definitely not” partake in Thursday night’s Fox News debate has sent shock waves throughout the nation’s political scene.

At a press event Tuesday evening, Trump seemed to cite disparate treatment from the network as his reasoning for not participating. “What’s wrong over there, something’s wrong,” Trump said of the “games” Roger Ailes and the network are “playing.”

In asking the question of “what’s wrong over there?” Trump has shined a spotlight on one of Washington’s best kept secrets: namely, Fox’s role via its founder Rupert Murdoch in pushing an open borders agenda. The Trump campaign is a direct threat to Murdoch’s efforts to open America’s borders. Well-concealed from virtually all reporting on Fox’s treatment of Trump is the fact that Murdoch is the co-chair of what is arguably one of the most powerful immigration lobbying firms in country, the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE).

In addition to blanketing the country, media, and politicians with literature, advertisements, and a barrage of lobbyists pushing for open border immigration policies, the Partnership for A New American Economy (PNAE) was a prime lobbyist for one of the biggest open borders pushes in American history:

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) ’s 2013 Gang of Eight immigration bill.

While Donald Trump has pledged to deport those illegally residing in the country and temporarily pause Muslim migration, Rubio’s immigration bill would have granted immediate amnesty and eventual citizenship to millions of illegal aliens, it would have doubled the annual admission of foreign workers, and it would have dispensed 33 million green cards to foreign nationals in the span of a single decade despite current record immigration levels.

While Megyn Kelly made headlines with her heated questioning of Donald Trump, not one of the Fox News anchors asked Rubio in the first Fox News debate about his signature piece of legislation, which Murdoch’s immigration lobbying firm had endorsed. Instead, they lobbed Rubio a series of softballs, such as asking Rubio if he could put God and veterans in the same sentence.

Interestingly, Bill Sammon — FOX News’s vice president of News and Washington managing editor —  is the father of Brooke Sammon, who is Rubio’s press secretary.

As

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

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told The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza back in 2013, Fox News was essential to the Rubio-Schumer effort to expand immigration levels beyond all known historical precedent. As Lizza wrote at the time:

McCain told me, “Rupert Murdoch is a strong supporter of immigration reform, and Roger Ailes is, too.” Murdoch is the chairman and C.E.O. of News Corp., which owns Fox, and Ailes is Fox News’s president. McCain said that he, [Lindsey] Graham, [Marco] Rubio, and others also have talked privately to top hosts at Fox, including Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Neil Cavuto… “God bless Fox,” Graham said. “Last time [i.e. during the 2007 immigration push], it was ‘amnesty’ every fifteen seconds.” He said that the change was important for his reelection, because “eighty per cent of people in my primary get their news from Fox.” He added that the network has “allowed critics to come forward, but it’s been so much better.”

Murdoch’s support of open borders immigration policies has been identified as a potential conflict of interest for years. As ABC reported in 2013:

Murdoch, Australian born and a naturalized U.S. citizen, has become an outspoken advocate for immigration reform and mass legalization of the country’s undocumented immigrants, partnering with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in this cause. Whether Murdoch’s personal views will percolate through his network, or at least temper criticism on the airwaves of those who don’t share it, remains to be seen.

In 2013, during the Rubio-Schumer Gang of Eight push, Mickey Kaus similarly pointed out:

In 2007, John McCain’s “comprehensive” immigrant-legalization bill failed after opponents flooded the Senate with calls, shutting down the switchboard… It won’t be that easy this time… The GOP donor class is asserting itself… One of the more influential members of this “donorist” class is Rupert Murdoch, which means that FOX News has for all intents and purposes switched sides, giving immigration “comprehensivists” a monopoly in the MSM–five networks to none.

Indeed, Murdoch has himself expressed his support for large-scale immigration. In a 2014 op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal’s open borders opinion pages, titled, “Immigration Reform Can’t Wait,” Murdoch wrote:

When I learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had lost his Republican primary, my heart sank. Not simply because I think he is an intelligent and talented member of Congress, or because I worry about the future of the Republican Party. Like others who want comprehensive immigration reform, I worried that Mr. Cantor’s loss would be misconstrued and make Congress reluctant to tackle this urgent need. That would be the wrong lesson and an undesirable national consequence of this single, local election result.

In his Wall Street Journal op-ed, Murdoch echoed Rubio’s position on granting citizenship to illegal immigrants. Murdoch wrote, “We need to give those individuals who are already here… a path to citizenship.” Murdoch even decried Americans who opposed amnesty as, “nativists who scream about amnesty” — a statement which is perhaps even more significant given the fact that Murdoch is himself a beneficiary of the nation’s generous immigration policy.

Murdoch praised President Obama for showing “wise restraint” on immigration, even though, at the time of Murdoch’s writing, Obama had already implemented his first unconstitutional executive amnesty, giving away American jobs to illegal aliens — including the jobs of black Americans whose have suffered some of the greatest harms from mass immigration.

When asked about the president’s unconstitutional 2012 executive amnesty, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA], Marco Rubio has said that, if he is elected president, he “wouldn’t undo it immediately.” This was another statement of Rubio’s which the Fox News anchors utterly failed to probe in their first debate to which they came loaded with questions for Trump, who — unlike Rubio — had not pushed an immigration plan backed by the network’s founder.

Murdoch also called for an unlimited number of foreign workers to fill coveted tech jobs through the H-1B visa program, which experts have described as an “indentured servitude” program:

We need to do away with the cap on H-1B visas, which is arbitrary and results in U.S. companies struggling to find the high-skill workers they need to continue growing. We already know that most of the applications for these visas are for computer programmers and engineers, where there is a shortage of qualified American candidates.

Contrary to Mr. Murdoch’s assertions, there are more than 11 million Americans with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) who lack employment in these fields, and U.S. schools are graduating two times more students with STEM degrees than are annually finding employment in these fields.

Here again is another undisclosed conflict of interest from Fox News. Sen. Rubio introduced legislation last year — the Immigration Innovation Act — which would have tripled H-1B visa issuances. This legislation was endorsed by Murdoch via the Partnership for a New American Economy, on whose board also sits Disney CEO Bob Iger.

Though, once again, Rubio was not questioned about the legislation by Megyn Kelly and her fellow Fox News hosts, scores of American workers in Florida Disney were terminated and forced to undergo the humiliation of training their lower-paid foreign replacements, now the subject of a lawsuit against Disney.

Mickey Kaus has long documented Fox News’s coverage of the immigration issue. As Kaus explained last year, Fox Newsperhaps recognizing how at-odds its views of open borders are with its viewership (one Fox News poll reveals that Americans by a 2-to-1 margin want to see visa issuances reduced) — implemented an “immigration tamp-down,” blocking out coverage of key immigration fights in Washington D.C.

Kaus analyzed “a list of the lead story each day on Megyn Kelly’s ‘Kelly File’ show from January 14 (the day the House sent the Senate a DHS bill with a ‘rider’ blocking Obama’s amnesty) until March 3, the day the House finally caved and passed a ‘clean’ DHS bill,” and he ultimately found that immigration was not the lead story once. [See list here].

Instead, Kaus writes, “immigration was discussed as the underlying issue in the funding fight only 6 times over the whole 34 show period — and only 3 times in the crucial 20 show period that followed the Senate Dems’ initial filibuster of the Republican DHS proposal.”

Conservative columnist and best-selling author Ann Coulter has criticized the media’s fixation on ISIS to the exclusion of immigration, considering that the only way that ISIS terrorists will be able to personally carry out attacks against American citizens on American soil is if our immigration system allows them into the country.

The way media bias on immigration often manifests itself is not simply in what media outlets and anchors do cover (i.e. focusing on the needs of illegal immigrants rather than Americans), but what the don’t cover.

As any casual viewer of Fox News would observe, one sees scant to any coverage at all on the record-setting, foreign-born population inside the United States; nor coverage of census findings that immigration is about to surpass all historical records; nor stories on the total number of immigrants allowed into the country each year and the strain this number puts on education, the economy, the welfare states and the profound changes to U.S. culture. By not covering these issues in any real depth, it helps clear the way for the enactment of the Murdoch-backed immigration agenda — bringing in the New American Century hoped for by Rupert Murdoch, Marco Rubio, and Barack Obama.

 

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/26/anti-trump-network-fox-news-money-flows-open-borders-group/

Rupert Murdoch: Donald Trump ‘wrong’ on immigration

By Mariano Castillo and Brian Stelter, CNN

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who is considered a conservative kingmaker as the man behind Fox News, thinks Donald Trump is “wrong” about immigrants.

On Twitter on Sunday night, Murdoch acknowledged Trump’s popularity but took a swipe at the candidate’s comments about illegal immigration.

Trump’s campaign to be the Republican presidential candidate has swelled in support and media attention following his controversial remarks about the threat posed by undocumented immigrants in the United States.

He sparked outrage by saying that some people crossing the border from Mexico were “rapists” and “criminals.”

The comments found support among some, but also a pile of criticism. A slew of corporations, including Macy’s, NBC, Univision and ESPN responded to his inflammatory remarks by severing business ties with the real estate magnate.

And on Sunday, the influential Murdoch added his voice to the chorus.

“Mexican immigrants, as with all immigrants, have much lower crime rate than native born,” Murdoch wrote on his Twitter account. He cited El Paso as one of the safest cities, and added, “Trump wrong.”

Murdoch’s voice is one of the most influential in the Republican party — his tweets are picked apart for clues about who he might be backing and, just as important, who he might be opposing.

On Sunday night, he wrote that Trump’s popularity is “based on frustration with DC and endless regulations over people’s lives. Thought this was Rand Paul’s issue.”

Murdoch has previously praised Paul.

On Sunday night, Murdoch also sent a second tweet challenging Trump’s claims.

“So FBI says 267000 illegal aliens incarcerated. Who are the other two million presently incarcerated?” Murdoch tweeted.

Other government figures have provided a lower estimate, such as a 2013 Bureau of Judicial Statistics report that said there were about 73,600 noncitizens in federal and state prison.

A 2011 report by the Government Accountability Office estimated there were 249,000 noncitizens incarcerated. According to that report, about 65% were charged with an immigration violation.

And Murdoch has expressed moderate views about immigration in the past. In March he lambasted unspecified Republicans for “talking immigration nonsense on strengthening the border while no net inflow from Mexico for long time.”

Murdoch’s latest tweets come at a time when media commentators of all stripes are struggling to figure out what to say and how to feel about Trump.

It’s almost palpable on Fox News. Some hours, they’re leaning in, embracing the controversial candidate’s ratings-grabbing comments, other times they’re expressing skepticism and avoiding giving him too much attention.

Trump used to be a weekly guest on Fox News’ morning show, an arrangement that only ended when he declared for president.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/12/politics/rupert-murdoch-trump-tweets/

 

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