Here’s why we gun control advocates are making too much of Rupert Murdoch’s gun control sentiments expressed in the immediate aftermath of the Newtown tragedy.
As the late FOX News journalist Tony Snow once told me, although Murdoch is conservative, ideology doesn’t come into play in his business decisions. Murdoch started FOX News not to save America, but because U.S. conservatives were an underserved news market. FOX News is a business, not a soapbox.
While Murdoch’s UK newspaper The Sun carried the headline “End the Lunacy,” gun control is a relatively popular sentiment in the UK. Brits don’t understand American fondness for weapons — a particularly odd sentiment considering the danger of invasion the Brits faced in the summer of 1940. What were they going to to? Throw scones at the Germans?
It’s not likely Murdoch would compel FOX News to run with the same editorial opinion as much of his U.S. viewership is staunchly pro-Second Amendment.