Anonymous sources are telling CNN that Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch is harshly critical of former President Trump in private and believes it would be bad for the country if he ran again for the presidency.
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According to CNN reporter Oliver Darcy, Murdoch doesn’t approve of the way Trump behaves. However, he evidently understands that Fox News viewers overwhelmingly support Trump and that he is good for business. Murdoch is reportedly cognizant of avoiding the alienation of the channel’s core audience.
“This is notable. Patriarch Rupert Murdoch’s low opinion of Trump has been endlessly covered. But, until now, the younger Murdoch’s opinion has been somewhat of a mystery,” Darcy commented.
“A Fox Corp. spokesperson declined to comment on this reporting. But the dichotomy helps explain why the right-wing channel continues to be supportive of Trump, despite recent reporting that indicates the Murdochs are privately disillusioned with him. Last month, The New York Times and The Washington Post published stories indicating that the Murdochs were quietly giving Trump the cold shoulder by emphasizing him less in coverage on Fox,” the CNN pundit contended.
Many Fox News viewers have wondered increasingly whether the network was veering away from Trump. However, with the unprecedented raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, that no longer appears to be the case.
Exactly: "[Lachlan] Murdoch knows that supporting Trump is good for business — and, more importantly, he knows that pillorying him is bad for business because it would alienate the channel's core audience." https://t.co/RAE66YxdEX
— Paddy Manning (@gpaddymanning) August 10, 2022
“The network’s programming over the last 24 hours has shattered any such illusion. Fox’s coverage of the FBI’s search and seizure of documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort has been downright sycophantic. Just like when he was in the White House facing scandal, the network’s top personalities have rushed on air to portray Trump as the victim of shadowy, deep-state forces who are corrupt enough to use the levers of governmental power to damage him,” Darcy railed, voicing his and CNN’s disappointment that Fox News is not entirely abandoning Trump.
“So what should we make of all of this? Perhaps it is that when Trump is not in the news, we may see the personal views of the Murdochs shine through coverage on Fox, with their television megaphone choosing to spotlight other conservative politicians as the future of the Republican Party. But when Trump is at the center of the news cycle, it puts Fox in an untenable business position: If the network condemns Trump, it loses its audience. So, in those moments, the default position will be to air supportive coverage of him,” he asserted, making assumptions about the Murdochs not in evidence.
Darcy went on to posit that if Trump should run for the presidency in 2024, Fox News would probably support him despite the personal feelings of the Murdochs.
“Fox might shy away from anti-Trump commentary in its programming, but one way to ensure that such messages do make their way to its large audience is through ad buys. Which is precisely the strategy that Liz Cheney has decided to employ as she faces a tough primary race this month against a Trump-backed challenger,” he noted, highlighting the fact that cash is king and ads rule the narrative.
Dick Cheney the scumbag has a new ad out trying to help his scumbag daughter! Vote against traitor Liz Cheney the RINO Trump-hater! Save America!!! 🇺🇸
— Bella (@bellausa17) August 11, 2022
“Cheney’s campaign has purchased a series of national ad spots on the network to run the campaign ad featuring her father lace into Trump as a ‘coward’ who lies to his supporters and ‘tried to steal the election’ using violence. The ads, first reported by Axios’ Alayna Treene, started running on Tuesday and will continue throughout the week, airing twice each day on ‘Fox & Friends’ and once each night on ‘Hannity,'” Darcy reported.
“It’s important not only for Fox News viewers but for the network’s hosts and top executives to hear former Vice President Cheney’s warning about the ongoing danger Donald Trump and his lies pose to our constitutional republic,” Jeremy Adler, who is a spokesperson for the Cheney campaign, said in a statement, giving credibility to Darcy’s accusation.
Oh no not the sources, say it’s not true. Those damn invisible gossiping sources
— Devolution (@bbloss31) August 10, 2022
The CNN reporter claimed that the Murdochs voice their real opinions more so through the New York Post concerning Trump. A recent piece from the editorial board argued that Trump “shares blame” for “the wasteful spending” with Democrats in Congress.
“Republicans also need to cast an eye to Bedminster, summer home of the party’s sabotager-in-chief,” the New York Post’s editorial board charged. “Blame for this travesty also lies at Donald Trump’s feet.”
As a further example, Darcy wrote that on Monday, a piece in another Murdoch holding, The Wall Street Journal, commented that many Trump Republicans are “not ready for prime time.”
The author Gerard Baker remarked, “The problem isn’t inexperience itself. This year’s leading crop of outsiders owe their difficulty less to being new faces than to the things they say — and purport to believe — and to their inescapable proximity to Mr. Trump and his various toxicities.”
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