What’s Up With Fox and Trump? Retailing the unfair slanders of the Left. By Joseph Klein.
Fox News has branded itself as “fair and balanced.” Compared to the mainstream media, Fox News has indeed provided some welcomed balance to coverage of the national news. However, Fox News has not lived up to its branding when it comes to its handling of Donald Trump. Several of its on-air personalities have expressed the kind of downright hostility to the Republican presidential nominee that one might expect to witness on leftist cable news bastions such as MSNBC.
Why is Fox so anti-Trump? Murdoch dislikes Trump, apparently.
According to a New York article, Rupert Murdoch, whose parent company owns Fox News, “was not a fan of Trump’s and especially did not like his stance on immigration.” Murdoch tweeted that Trump is “wrong” on Mexican immigrants. In another tweet, Murdoch asked: “When is Donald Trump going to stop embarrassing his friends, let alone the whole country?” Murdoch had originally wanted Mike Bloomberg to run for president as an alternative “billionaire candidate” to Trump. He was still tweeting encouragement about a possible Bloomberg run as recently as January of this year. When Trump competitor Ben Carson became a favorite of Murdoch’s during the Republican primary campaign season, Murdoch compared Carson and Trump’s political approaches this way: “America land of hope versus fear.”
It seems the media is perfectly conscious of their role in making or breaking candidates, and actively does it — which reveals who is really in charge of our democracy, doesn’t it?
Murdoch was thus not pleased with the fact that Roger Ailes, the former Fox News Chairman and friend of Donald Trump, had encouraged positive coverage of Trump in the early days of the GOP candidate’s campaign.
“According to Fox sources, Murdoch blamed Ailes for laying the groundwork for Trump’s candidacy,” the New York article reported. Murdoch reportedly directed Ailes to have the Fox moderators of the first televised Republican primary debate in August 2015, Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier, and Chris Wallace, go after Trump especially hard with tough questions. And so they did, especially Kelly. Ailes was not pleased with the outcome, but his hands were tied by his boss’s wishes.
Nearly a year later, Ailes was forced out of his position on account of allegations of sexual harassment. Ailes resigned on July 21st. Murdoch took over Ailes’ position, at least temporarily, as the general election was beginning to heat up. With Ailes out of the way and Murdoch in charge of the Fox News network, coverage of Trump took a more negative turn.
hat-tip Stephen Neil