Rupert Murdoch Tells Trump: I Won't Support You
On November 9, the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post published a cover story headlined “DeFuture,” which celebrated far-right Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ landslide reelection victory and hailed him as the future of the Republican Party, Alex Henderson reported for Alternet.
Photo Insert: The 91-year-old Murdoch is making it clear that he won’t be endorsing the former president as he vies for the Oval Office in 2024.
Defeated former President Donald Trump announced on Nov. 15 that he plans to seek the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
The 91-year-old Murdoch, reported The Guardian, is making it clear that he won’t be endorsing the former president as he vies for the Oval Office in 2024.
The Guardian’s Mark Sweney reports “Rupert Murdoch has reportedly warned Donald Trump his media empire will not back any attempt to return to the White House, as former supporters turn to the youthful Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.” Murdoch’s right-wing media empire appears to be seeking a clean break from the former president’s damaged reputation and toxic mindset.
In an op-ed published by The Daily Beast on November 16, journalist Clive Irving offers some in-depth analysis of Murdoch’s plans for his media empire. And those plans don’t involve Trump.
“Rupert Murdoch is not just dumping Donald Trump,” Irving explains.
“He wants back his role as the world’s most feared media mogul. At the age of 91, Murdoch has cast off what he felt were the shackles of a constraining marriage and is in the process of regaining total control of his global media empire, as well as reasserting his political influence in America. This won’t be easy.”
The journalist elaborates: “He has to persuade the stockholders in the two halves of his empire, Fox Corp and News Corp, that they should be merged into one, with him at the top — nearly a decade after they were forced to split up when his British tabloids, part of News Corp, were exposed to the huge legal costs of a phone-hacking scandal.” Irving stresses that Murdoch’s decision to merge Fox Corp and News Corp has “angered stockholders in both,” albeit “for different reasons.”