The David Petraeus Story The Media Didn't Love: How Rupurt Murdoch Tried to Buy The Presidency

This story did get published, it made the news - sort of. If you Google it you will get hits. However, it certainly did not get the attention that Patraeus' affair did. In 2011, Rupert Murdoch attempted to recruit Patraus to run for the Presidency against Barack Obama. According to reports Murdoch offered to bankroll his candidacy and use his media empire (Fox News etc) to promote Patreaus' candidacy. Additionally, Fox News president Roger Ailes would leave the company to run Patreaus' campaign.

The full story, in detail, is available at the Guardian:
"So now we have it: what appears to be hard, irrefutable evidence of Rupert Murdoch's ultimate and most audacious attempt – thwarted, thankfully, by circumstance – to hijack America's democratic institutions on a scale equal to his success in kidnapping and corrupting the essential democratic institutions of Great Britain through money, influence and wholesale abuse of the privileges of a free press.

In the American instance, Murdoch's goal seems to have been nothing less than using his media empire – notably Fox News – to stealthily recruit, bankroll and support the presidential candidacy of General David Petraeus in the 2012 election."

Read the full story here.

There is perhaps no stronger evidence of the collapse and failure of American, and to a lesser extent, international main stream media that David Petraeus' affair made headlines for weeks, while an attempt by a media mogul to buy the US Presidency.
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