Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has received some campaign advice from News Corp big-boss Rupert Murdoch. The media mogul sounded off on the 2012 election on Sunday afternoon, criticizing President Obama’s opponent via Twitter.
Murdoch’s opinion of Romney thus far is basically that the Republican Party candidate is weak-sauce and needs to step up his game if he has a popsicle’s chance in hell of beating incumbent President Obama, reports Mediaite. “When is Romney going to look like a challenger?” asks Murdoch. “Seems to play everything safe, make no news except burn off Hispanics.” Further criticizing Romney’s campaign strategy Murdoch tweeted, “Easy for Romney to spell out restoration of the American dream and bash incompetent administration. But not a word!”
The pot-shots ended there, and it’s not entirely clear what inspired the News Corp CEO’s tirade, says USA Today. Murdoch hasn’t been sparing his words lately, though. In the past week, he denounced the G-20 economic summit of world leaders, throwing the entire gathering under the bus and implying that it was a colossal waste of time, saying that the “result [was] as expected and as useless.”
Though Murdoch has pretty much steered-clear of U.S. politics (media empire and conservative news channel Fox notwithstanding) he has voiced praise and support for former candidate Rick Santorum, calling him the “only candidate with [a] genuine big vision for [the] country.”
Maybe Murdoch thinks he’s helping Romney get his act in gear. Maybe he’s just a cantankerous old dude. We can’t say for sure, spokespersons for Romney’s campaign and News Corp were not available for further comment, says TPM.