According to a report from The New York Times, there’s growing suspicion that Fox News has essentially banned former President Trump from the network – for lack of a better term – with the report speculating that this may be a strategy to loosen Trump’s grip on the Republican party.
While Trump manages to stay in the news cycle in myriad fashions, he’s apparently been largely absent on Fox News over the past few months in terms of making a direct appearance on any of the network’s shows.
The last time Trump made any sort of direct appearance on Fox News was back on April 13th during an airing of “Hannity.” Still, The New York Times noted that nowadays, Trump has been sharing grievances among his inner circle that even Hannity himself “doesn’t seem to be paying him much attention anymore.”
Per The Times report, the decision to shun the former president came from “the highest levels” within Fox” parent company – with this decision allegedly having the backing of both chairman Rupert Murdoch and his son, CEO Lachlan Murdoch.
The idea of Fox News giving Trump the cold shoulder with the alleged blessing from Rupert Murdoch shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering the rather out-of-place scathing editorial published by the New York Post (a Murdoch-owned publication) that lambasted Trump over his “silence” regarding the January 6th incident at the Capitol.
And that’s not the only Murdoch-owned publication that recently took aim at Trump, as The Wall Street Journal also dropped an editorial earlier in July that was highly critical of the former president as it pertains to the Capitol incident.
Apparently, the issue at hand that has Murdoch no longer on the Trump train largely relates to Trump not accepting the results of the 2020 election. However, it’s not as though Trump is exactly begging for some love from Fox News.
For some time now, Trump has been highly critical of Fox News for not entertaining topics related to his concerns about the 2020 election – such as the network refusing to “even show or discuss” the Dinesh D’Souza documentary “2,000 Mules.” Trump has also complained in the past over Fox News editing out segments from his interviews where he makes claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
Clearly, the relationship between Trump and Fox News is rocky at the very least.
Nonetheless, The Times claims that Fox News has been cleverly working to get Trump out of the limelight of 2024 contenders and instead replace him with the immensely popular Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
One such piece of pro-DeSantis coverage on Fox featured street-side interviews with purported “Trump supporters” who claimed they’d rather have DeSantis be the 2024 Republican nominee. According to Newsmax host Eric Bolling, something that affects airing on Fox isn’t an accident.
“I spent 11 years at Fox, and I know nothing pretaped hits a Fox screen that hasn’t been signed off on and sanctioned at the very top levels of management — especially when it has to do with a presidential election.”
This piece was written by Gregory Hoyt on July 31, 2022. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.
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