Rupert Murdoch, Fox News prepared for possible Trump loss
Rupert Murdoch reportedly believes that Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic was an unforced error
Could it be that Rupert Murdoch – the man that made Fox News the most influential platform for conservative politics in America -expects Joe Biden will win the upcoming election? Well according to a new report by the Washington Post, that appears to be the case.
“Rupert Murdoch, the 89-year-old billionaire whose family controls Fox News’s parent company, has told associates that he is resigned to a Trump loss in November,” reads the stunning new profile. “And he has complained that the president’s current low polling numbers are due to repeated “unforced errors” that could have been avoided if he had followed Murdoch’s advice about how to weather the coronavirus pandemic, according to associates who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.”
Murdoch may be a conservative but he is also notoriously realistic about objectively assessing the political landscapes both in America and abroad. For instance, he’s been known to back liberal candidates like former British prime minister Tony Blair when he believes it makes sense.
From the start, Murdoch has never let his affiliation with the GOP stop him from voicing concerns about Trump’s presidential aspirations despite the fact that the two men have known each other for decades. In fact, sources claim that he even considered jumping ship to endorse Hillary Clinton’s 2016 candidacy, a plan that only fell apart after Clinton declined his invitation to meet.
Although some speculated that Murdoch had warmed to the idea of Trump last year when – thanks to the current administration – he was able to sell most of his company to Disney for $71 billion (with few federal regulatory hurdles), the mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic has just reinforced the mogul’s seeming disdain for the president.
“Murdoch has always considered Fox News’s original underdog status to be its strength,” explains the Washington Post‘s profile. “And while he valued the White House access, he is ready to welcome a new inhabitant — partly because it may give Fox the central role in the Republican Party that it occupied before Trump co-opted the party.”
“Fox thrives when it is in the opposition because they have a real-time bad guy to beat up on,” said Jonathan Klein, a former president of CNN. “A Biden win would be great for Fox’s business.”
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