Rupert Murdoch, the owner of the Fox network which includes Fox News, gave $1 million to the Republican Party, spurring a barrage of criticism from the liberals.
The Republican Governors Association (RGA) was the specific recipient of the June donation, which is one of its largest this election season. Moreover, it marks a departure from the previous practice of the media giant, which tended to spread financial support relatively evenly across different candidates, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Jack Horner, spokesman for Murdoch’s News Corp., told the news source that the move reflected the company’s belief in free markets, and that it considered the pro-business RGA to best embody this philosophy.
However, Nathan Daschle, director of the Democratic Governors Association, said Fox News should now put a "formal disclaimer" on its electoral coverage.
"Fox can no longer pretend that it is a ‘fair and balanced’ news organization," Daschle said, adding that "time and time again, Fox News has defended itself against accusations that it is nothing more than a tool of the Republican Party [but now we] know now that the reality is so much worse: they’re bankrolling the GOP."