Rupert Murdoch, Michael Bloomberg headed to Hill hearing


The House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law is making quite a name for itself in the waning days of the regular schedule of the 111th Congress. It hosted Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert on 9/24/10; now it has a pair of media moguls — Rupert Murdoch and Michael Bloomberg – on the schedule for 9/30/10.

As with the Colbert session, this one has nothing to do with broadcasting and everything to do with immigration. Murdoch and Bloomberg kicked off an immigration reform coalition over the summer known as Partnership for a New American Economy, which is how they came by their invitations to this session, entitled “Role of Immigration in Strengthening America’s Economy.”

Murdoch has a special interest in the issue – he is himself a US immigrant.

When not pursuing their mutual political interests, Murdoch moonlights as the head of Fox parent News Corp., and Bloomberg moonlights as head of his own, smaller multimedia empire as well as performing the duties as Mayor of New York City.

The subcommittee is part of the House Judiciary Committee, with Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) serving as Chair and Steve King (R-IA) serving as Ranking Member. The session is scheduled for a 9:30AM start.