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Rupert Murdoch Lavishes Praise on Santorum

On the eve of the Iowa caucus, Rupert Murdoch tweeted on Monday that Rick Santorum is the “only candidate with a geniune big vision for this country.”

Murdoch, who just joined Twitter over the weekend, didn’t say whether it was an endorsement of Santorum, whom he employed as a Fox News commentator until the former Pennsylvania senator got into the race for the GOP presidential nomination.

Murdoch wrote, “Can’t resist this tweet, but all Iowans think about Rick Santorum. Only candidate with genuine big vision for country.”

He added in another tweet: “While Obama feeling courageous, why not follow his first class education policy. US’ absolute biggest crisis. No read, no write, no jobs.”

Santorum complained about his media treatment this morning, chiding both the conservative and liberal media “elite,” including Fox News. He singled out Bill O’Reilly for not having him on his show.

One of the sideshows of the nominating contest has been whether Fox News will favor any candidate over another. When Newt Gingrich was riding high in the polls a month ago, much was made of the fact that coverage was more favorable toward him than Mitt Romney, who appeared flustered in an interview with Bret Baier.

Strangely enough, another Murdoch tweet on Monday offered faint praise for the figure destined to become any GOP nominee’s favorite target: President Obama. “Obama decision on terrorist detention very courageous – and dead right! @”

 

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