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Rupert Murdoch Embarrassed by Fox News and Bill O'Reilly; Will Vote for Obama

Conservative media baron is quite embarrassed by Bill O'Reilly and by his Fox Television network

Michael Wolff, Rupert Murdoch's authorized biographer said during a CNBC interview on September 3, 2008 that the conservative media baron is quite embarrassed by Bill O'Reilly and by his Fox Television network, and he will vote for Senator Obama in the upcoming elections. CNBC's "Power Lunch" team interviewed Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff about his Vanity Fair piece and his upcoming book. Wolff answered Michelle Caruso-Cabrera's sarcastic questions -she thinks she is the other CNBC dingbat anchor Maria Bartiromo- as the cluless kid anchor Rebecca Jarvis watched the entire segment without a single word to say, because the teleprompter had nothing for her to read.

Click here to view Bill O'Reilly's Youtube Crackpot Video where he acts like a mental hospital escape crack head.

Murdoch should fire O'Reilly together with the rest of the clowns over at Fox News, IMHO.

Michael Wolff writes in the October edition of Vanity Fair that Murdoch's third wife, Wendi, has turned the angry outsider into a Prada-wearing fixture of a socially promiscuous set that includes liberals like Tony Blair and the Google guys and Nicole Kidman and David Geffen.

He also claims that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama snubbed Murdoch for months before finally agreeing to a secret courtesy meeting this summer.

Obama was deferential to the press lord but lit into Fox chief Roger Ailes for caricaturing him as just short of a terrorist.

The meeting produced a tentative truce, says Wolff.

Despite his leftward slide, Wolff says Murdoch remains a militant free-marketeer and is still pro-war.

Rupert and Wendi had a legendary marital battle when he gave their daughters, Grace and Chloe, the same economic interest his four older children enjoyed in the family trust, but not a voting interest, according to Wolff.

The author also writes that, after taking advantage of the Bancroft family's weakness to buy the Wall Street Journal, the 77-year-old Murdoch admits he can't stop his family from losing hold of his empire after his death.

Says Murdoch: All I can do is delay it.

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Salvatore Genovese is a Cloud Computing consultant and an i-technology blogger based in Rome, Italy. He occasionally blogs about SOA, start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, open source and bleeding-edge technologies, companies, and personalities. Sal can be reached at hamilton(at)sys-con.com.

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