New York, United States:
Fox News and the New York Post, principal media outlets for magnate Rupert Murdoch, have begun to distance themselves from Donald Trump as US votes dragged the drama out – a first since the president came to power and a potential turning point.
On Thursday night in Phoenix, Arizona, Trump supporters bluntly shouted “Fox News Sucks” at the news outfit that has been viewed as extremely loyal to the president for the past five years.
Fox News enraged Trump and his people on election night by calling Arizona for Democrat Joe Biden.
Jared Kushner, Trump’s advisor and son-in-law, called Murdoch in vain to try to withdraw the call. Other media held back from calling the battlefield state for Biden while the ballot count continued.
Since that night, Fox News has carefully circumvented allegations of massive election fraud from the Trump campaign and the man himself.
“We just didn’t see it. It wasn’t presented to us,” Fox News host Brett Baier said on Friday in the air.
So people wonder if Fox News, which brought Trump to power in 2016, is about to fire him as Biden nears the magic number of 270 votes that would get him the White House.
Jeffrey McCall, a communications professor at DePauw University, said Fox News has always had a dual identity – star anchors who are more editors than journalists, and a much more moderate newsroom.
Some Fox journalists, like Chris Wallace who moderated the first Trump-Biden debate, are very well respected professionals.
On the editorial side, Fox star Sean Hannity, who is very close to Trump, said on Thursday night: “Americans have the right to be suspicious … to distrust the legitimacy of the results.”
McCall said the way Fox News has treated Trump since the election and named Arizona early on to Biden shows that the more serious side of the network is trying to “operate as independently as possible from the public opinion division and even the owners “.
“These people have their own journalistic standards that they want to adhere to.”
But Reece Peck, who wrote a book on Fox News called “Fox Populism,” said this distancing could alienate some viewers and lead them to switch to a different news source, like OAN, a little new outfit, ultra-conservative and extremely pro-Trump.
Murdoch is of course behind Fox News, which had 14.1 million viewers on election night.
The 89-year-old media mogul is known for his conservative views, but has been grappling with the idea of a Biden victory in recent months, according to the Daily Beast.
Still, McCall said, “I suspect the Murdoch family doesn’t call the newsroom to tell Bret Baier how to cover certain kinds of stories.”
“The Political Winds”
Murdoch’s other pet in the US, the New York Post, could be “a closer reflection of Murdoch’s own political opinions than even Fox News,” Peck said.
He said Murdoch had much more control over this tabloid than Fox News.
As the number of votes drags on and the world waits to hear the winner’s name, the Post has not accepted any of Trump’s statements about fraud and the elections stolen from him.
Just a few days ago, shortly before the election, there was no hesitation in telling a story of Biden’s son Hunter, who was on the board of directors of a Ukrainian gas company, sold access to his father, who was then vice-president under Barack Obama.
On Friday, the Post released two opinion pieces suggesting Trump would likely lose the election.
“Murdoch can sometimes be felt like he understands where the political winds are going,” said Peck, who teaches at the City University of New York (CUNY).
And Biden is a centrist democrat that he could stand.
“Biden is not very threatening to business in the US,” said Peck.
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