January 16, 2012, 5:07 AM — News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, the newest and perhaps most outspoken billionaire member of the Twitter, used the microblogging service over the weekend to accuse President Obama of palling around with pirates.
On Saturday, Murdoch tweeted:
So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery.
The media baron, who joined the Twitter at the beginning of the year and already has more than 140,000 followers, was responding to a White House statement strongly indicating administration opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), two bills whose awfulness is discussed here.
If true, Murdoch's allegation about "Silicon Valley paymasters" is an exclusive because until now the consensus among conservatives was that Obama had "thrown in his lot" with socialists. But people can change!
This is not the first time Murdoch has used his growing social media platform to make political statements. Recently he endorsed GOP presidential longshot Rick Santorum as Foursquare Mayor of the United States.
Speaking of people changing, Murdoch's jab at Obama came shortly after another Saturday tweet which seems to indicate our moralizing media mogul has a nascent gambling problem:
Normally disapprove of casinos,but hitting 16s and 17s lot of fun. To hell with theories!
To hell with theories! Rupe, this is how it begins. Just ask Bill Bennett. Now walk away from the table or we'll have to stage a Twittervention.