News Corp. chief executive Rupert Murdoch used Twitter on Sunday to share some advice with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: Drop the “old friends” from your campaign and hire “some real pros.”
Murdoch’s global media empire includes such prominent US news organizations as The Wall Street Journal and Fox News Channel, Romney’s preferred network for television interviews.
Murdoch’s journalistic integrity has been questioned in recent years in the wake of a wiretapping scandal at his British newspapers, but there was nothing improper about his Twitter message, according to Northeastern University journalism professor Dan Kennedy.
“Even by ethical standards that Murdoch has not often troubled himself with over the years, he has done nothing wrong in expressing his political views,” said Kennedy, a press critic who writes the blog Media Nation.
“For instance, at news organizations that follow a strict separation of church and state, it is not at all unusual for publishers and business-side broadcasting executives to make political donations — something their news-side employees are generally forbidden to do. I see Murdoch’s comments in that spirit,” Kennedy said.
Murdoch’s advice to Romney appeared to be aimed at the candidate’s reputation for relying heavily on a small circle long-time advisers, some of whom have little experience in presidential politics.
Romney’s confidants include family members and others whom he has known for many years, such as communications specialist Eric Fehrnstrom, fund-raiser Spencer Zwick, campaign manager Matt Rhoades, and adviser Beth Myers, who is leading the vice presidential search.
In the spring, as his nomination became increasingly likely, Romney began to expand his team by adding veteran outsiders, such as Ed Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee and a strategist for President George W. Bush.
The Romney campaign did not respond immediately Sunday to a request for comment.
Romneys invited to July 4 festivities in N.H. town
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his family have been invited to march in a Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, N.H., where they own a lakefront mansion, according to the event’s organizer.
Parade marshal Harold Chamberlin told the Globe on Sunday that “there’s plenty of room if he shows up” but said he could not confirm a Washington Post report that the Romneys will participate.
Chamberlin, who has overseen the popular vacation town’s parade for 17 years, said Romney was also invited last year but did not attend.
“So if I say ‘the Gov,’ as people call him here, is going to march and then he doesn’t show up, then I’ve shot myself in the foot,” Chamberlin said.
The Romney campaign did not respond immediately to a request for comment Sunday.
The Independence Day parade would be part of a weeklong vacation for the Romneys in Wolfeboro, a quaint community on Lake Winnipesaukee, where the White House hopeful bought an estate in 1997.
The getaway location has become part of Romney lore: It is the site of the Romney Olympics, an annual family athletic competition, and of a 2003 rescue by Romney and his sons of a family of six whose boat sank in the lake.