Rupert Murdoch culling on Donald Trump, Wapo reports, among other signs
- Rupert Murdoch has lost his enthusiasm for Donald Trump, aides told The Washington Post.
- The support of Murdoch publications has been crucial to Trump’s political success.
- Trump is facing a possible trial over the January 6 riots.
The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Rupert Murdoch has lost his enthusiasm for Donald Trump.
Citing several people associated with Murdoch, The Post said Murdoch’s enthusiasm was waning, partly inspired by a congressional hearing on the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.
The shift in Murdoch’s favor – long reflected in approving coverage from outlets such as Fox News and the New York Post – could make electing Trump to the presidency in 2024 undesirable.
The Post cited its sources as other indications of a turn against Trump.
In the wake of the January 6 hearing, both the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal published scathing editorials condemning Trump’s behavior.
A spokesperson for News Corp., the umbrella company for several of Murdoch’s businesses, declined to comment on the report.
The New York Times reported on Saturday that Trump has expressed concern that his presence on Fox News is diminishing.
But on Sunday Fox News host Howard Kurtz backtracked against the report, saying there was “no injunction” against Trump appearing on the network.
The relationship between the two men has gone back and forth. Murdoch publicly criticized Trump as Trump sought the 2016 GOP nomination, but embraced him thereafter.
Fox News turned to adulterous coverage of Trump during his four-year term. Hosts including Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity also served as Trump’s unofficial sounding board and adviser.
Trump has lashed out at Fox News over any indication that the network is straying in its loyalty. The network’s CEO is Murdoch’s son Lachlan Murdoch.
In 2020, Murdoch reportedly said Trump’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic would cost him his job, and the network impressed the then-president by being the first to call out Arizona for Joe Biden on election night. did.
But after Trump’s defeat, the network helped promote baseless election fraud claims pushed by Trump and his allies, culminating in the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.