News Corporation, the corporate parent of FOX News, New York Post and Wall Street Journal, donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, reports Ben Smith at Politico.
"The company's media outlets play politics more openly than most, but the huge contribution to a party committee is a new step toward an open identification between Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and the GOP. The company's highest-ranking Democratic executive, Peter Chernin, recently departed. ... Spokesman Jack Horner emails, 'News Corporation believes in the power of free markets, and the RGA’s pro-business agenda supports our priorities at this most critical time for our economy.' The giant check to the RGA dwarfs low four-figure checks from Fox's PAC to Democrats including Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer."
The RGA is headed by Mississippi's right-wing and anti-gay Republican Gov. Haley Barbour.
So much for fair and balanced. In the wake of Target's refusal to donate to pro-gay candidates to make amends for its $150,000 donation to anti-gay Republican Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, the era of corporate social accountability is apparently rapidly disappearing.