07/14/2011 01:10 pm ET | Updated Sep 13, 2011

Martin Bashir: Rupert Murdoch A Combination Of Jack Abramoff And Whitey Bulger (VIDEO)

MSNBC's Martin Bashir went on the "Today" show Thursday to deliver his second roasting of Rupert Murdoch in two days.

Speaking to Matt Lauer about the phone hacking scandal that has engulfed Murdoch and his British company, News International, Bashir didn't hold back.

"It's hard to imagine the power that he exerted on politicians," he said. "Imagine a combination of Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist, and someone like James 'Whitey' Bulger, the mobster. And what he had was the power to reward and to punish."

It was an echo of a segment Bashir did on his Wednesday MSNBC show. There, he went hard after Murdoch, calling him an "unelected media baron" and saying that his power was "a disturbing example of when government falls on its knees and gets out of the way."


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