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Rupert Murdoch: Fox News has ‘saved’ Republican Party

News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch listens to a question at the "The Economics and Politics of Immigration" Forum in Boston, Massachusetts in this August 14, 2012 file photograph. Murdoch is keeping the News Corp name for his new publishing company in a nod to the important role that newspapers have played in building his media empire. News Corp announced details of the separation of the two companies on December 3, 2012, and confirmed that Robert Thomson will be chief executive of the new publishing company, effective Jan. 1.. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS MEDIA)
News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch listens to a question at the "The Economics and Politics of Immigration" Forum in Boston in this August 14, 2012 file photo.Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters

In an interview with Fortune, Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch spoke about his Twitter habit, Fox News’ impact on the GOP, and whether he could support Hillary Clinton in a presidential run.

When asked if his flagship Fox News hurt the Republican Party’s image, he told Fortune, “I think it has absolutely saved it. It has certainly given voice and hope to people who didn’t like all that liberal championing thrown at them on CNN. By the way, we don’t promote the Tea Party. That’s bull----. We recognize their existence.”

But Murdoch apparently wasn’t too put off by “liberal championing.” On a possible Hillary Clinton ticket in the 2016 presidential election, Murdoch said that he could “live” with the Democratic front-runner, depending on the Republican candidate. Murdoch said he supports Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan, but not Rand Paul.

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On his apparent Twitter habit, he said, “My family are horrified that I’m on it.” While Murdoch’s generally conservative views are well-known, his tweets still manage to incense users. A tweet addressing the battle between St. Patrick’s Day parade organizers and LGBTQ groups proved particularly controversial.

Murdoch owns News Corp. and 21st Century Fox. His eldest son, Lachlan, returned to the family business after quitting almost a decade ago due to disharmony with other executives. Younger son James was also promoted after a phone hacking scandal involving News Corp. forced him to cede some responsibilities in the company, the Huffington Post reported.

The move has caused some speculation that Murdoch, who is 83, is preparing for his sons to take over his businesses.

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