- Rupert Murdoch has lost his enthusiasm for Donald Trump, associates told The Washington Post. The backing of Murdoch publications has been crucial to Trump’s political success.
Citing several associated of Murdoch, The Post said that Murdoch’s enthusiasm was ebbing away, driven partly by the Congressional hearings on the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.
A shift in Murdoch’s favor — long seen by watchers in approving coverage from outlets like Fox News and the New York Post — could be unwelcome should Trump choose to run for president in 2024.
The Post cited its sources as other signs appeared of a turn against Trump.
In the wake of the January 6 hearings both the New York Post and Wall Street Journal published scathing editorials admonishing Trump’s behaviour.
Relations between the two men have swung back and forth. Murdoch criticized Trump in public as Trump sought the 2016 GOP nomination, but embraced him thereafter.
Fox News veered towards adulatory coverage of Trump through his four years in office. Hosts including Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity even acted as informal sounding boards and advisors to Trump.
Trump has lashed out at Fox News at any sign that the network is deviating in its loyalty. The network’s CEO is Murdoch’s son, Lachlan Murdoch.
In 2020, Murdoch reportedly said that Trump’s mishandling of the coronavirus. But after Trump’s defeat the network helped to promote the baseless election fraud claims pushed by Trump and his allies that culminated in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capital.