Rupert Murdoch, the Australian billionaire and founder of Fox News, called off his engagement to radio host Ann Lesley Smith in a bizarre and unexpected turn of events.
According to sources close to the situation, Murdoch was put off by Smith’s “evangelical views.”
News of the breakup comes just weeks after the right-wing propaganda pusher announced the impending nuptials.
“I was very nervous. I dreaded falling in love — but I knew this would be my last. It better be. I’m happy,” Murdoch gushed after presenting his ex-fiance with a $2.5 million dollar engagement ring on St. Patrick’s Day.
Ann Lesley Smith was equally excited by her upcoming marriage at the time.
“I’m a widow 14 years. Like Rupert, my husband was a businessman. Worked for local papers, developed radio and TV stations, and helped promote Univision. So I speak Rupert’s language. We share the same beliefs,” Smith said.
Apparently, things weren’t as copasetic as Smith thinks.
The 92-year-old was reportedly “uncomfortable” with Smith’s outspoken Christofascist beliefs — despite the media mogul’s push to spread the same ideologies via his vast and popular media platforms.
The four-times-married Murdoch expressed concerns shortly after the announced — albeit incredibly brief — engagement.
Smith, 66, has a checkered past that came back to haunt her after news of the marriage spread.
After the failure of her marriage to country music singer, Chester Smith, Smith said “When you let the Lord take control of your life, you can make it. Out of the ruins, you can rise and let the oil of his anointing just be all over you,.
Recently divorced from Jerry Hall , the ex-wife of Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger, Murdoch seemed eager to take the matrimonial plunge…again.
This news comes as no surprise to those following the current defamation lawsuit Murdoch is facing from Dominion Voting Systems for his complacency regarding the lies and disinformation spread by some of Fox News’ most popular evening anchors.
Evangelical hate is ever-present, and Murdoch choosing to jump off the Christofascist train is too little, too late.
The decision to end his engagement to Ann Lesley Smith is neither groundbreaking nor shocking.
Instead, it’s telling of Murdoch’s attempt to get out from under the bus that he drove over himself in Fox News’ race to the bottom.
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