Rupert Murdoch Will be Taking Media Matters on a Lunch Date

In an effort to raise money for the Global Poverty Project, Rupert Murdoch thought it would be nice to auction

In an effort to raise money for the Global Poverty Project, Rupert Murdoch thought it would be nice to auction off a few of the sought-after chairs at his lunch table. The winner of the prize would have a chance to wow the billionaire with his or her ideas, and hopefully gain favor with the News Corp. head honcho. We’ve all had blind dates before — how bad could this one be?

Turns out Murdoch might be in for a bit of a shock. The winning bid of $86,000 was placed by Media Matters for America, the liberal advocacy group with the mission to counter all things Rupert Murdoch. The group announced its victory in a press release that included a statement from founder and CEO David Brock.

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. 

The auction’s website, however, does state that the winner must go through a security screening and background check, making it possible for Murdoch to squeeze out of the potentially awkward small talk. But doing so would probably incite a firestorm over Murdoch’s openness to conversation. We’re thinking he’ll bite.

So, David, keep us posted on the locale. We’d love to crash this little get-together!

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