Media Watchdog Group Pays $86,000 to Have Lunch With Archnemesis Rupert Murdoch

Call it activism with a sense of humor: Media watchdog organization Media Matters for America has placed the winning $86,000 bid in an online auction to have lunch with News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, whose Fox News network is a frequent subject of Media Matters' criticisms. (In turn, Media Matters is oft-attacked by the network.)

Hosted on the Charity Buzz website, the auction was a fundraiser for the Global Poverty Project. Charity Buzz describes the grand prize as a "once in a lifetime chance to sit with self-made billionaire Rupert Murdoch, face to face over a friendly lunch and get his feedback first hand on your proposed business ideas. Valid for a total of 6 people." The meeting will "take place over a friendly lunch at a mutually convenient time in New York City, exact location to be determined."

Media Matters founder and CEO David Brock said in a statement:

I look forward to this opportunity to have a friendly lunch with Rupert Murdoch, along with five of my invited guests. I will soon contact Mr. Murdoch's office to determine a mutually convenient time and place in New York. 

How many days do you give Murdoch to find a way to weasel out of the lunch meeting?

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at November 12, 2010, 4:04am

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