Koch and Murdoch

Manhattan Institute just released a statement putting into more context the reason why the conservative think tank will honor Ed Koch and Rupert Murdoch on Tuesday with the group’s Alexander Hamilton Award.

“The award recognizes New Yorkers who exemplify Hamiltonian values: civic leadership, fiscal restraint, entrepreneurial spirit, and energetic public debate,” the group said in a statement.

They went on to say, “Edward Koch restored fiscal stability to the City of New York, placing the City on a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) balanced-budget basis, and taking tough stands in municipal labor negotiations along the way.”

As for the other guy…

“Rupert Murdoch is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of News Corporation, one of the world’s largest diversified media companies. News Corp’s Fox News and New York Post are two thriving New York institutions that provide forums in which all ideas are considered. Alexander Hamilton founded the New York Post to inform spirited—and public-spirited—debate, a mission Murdoch has restored and enlarged.”

Notice the phrase “provide forums.” That’s something another Murdoch owned outlet, Fox News tried providing 2008 Democratic candidates for president recently, with not much success.

Introducing the honorees will be Fox News executive Roger Ailes and former Senator Alfonse M. D’Amato.