News Corp. execs kept mum yesterday over John Edwards call for candidates to return donations from their employees, but Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post did lob a response.
Edwards earned at least $800,000 from a book published by one of Murdoch’s companies, according to the Post. “Home: The Blueprints of Our Lives” earned him a $500,000 advance and $300,000 in expenses, the paper said.
The Edwards campaign said it would give that amount to charity.
Edwards and other Dems have been critics of media consolidation, and in a weird way this proves their point. Even when they try to attack one of these media conglomerates, it’s apparently hard not to have done business with them in the past.
Here’s my take on Edwards’ strategy in this week’s Variety weekly.
Meanwhile, Chris Dodd last night took on Bill O’Reilly, hoping to show his chutzpah as an 08er willing to take on the left-wing scourage in a direct confrontation. And that it was.