Donald Trump is already upset that Fox News is insufficiently worshipful of him nowadays and Rupert is being mean and won’t do anything about it, and he thought they were pals. But when Trump gets wind of Murdoch saying, “After all that has gone on, people are ready for Sleepy Joe,” that will be his Julius Caesar moment. He will feel the knife, right between the shoulder blades. Daily Beast:
The Australian-born billionaire is disgusted by Trump’s handling of COVID-19, remarking that the president is his own worst enemy, that he is not listening to advice about how best to handle the pandemic, and that he’s creating a never-ending crisis for his administration, according to three people who have spoken with Murdoch. […]
While Murdoch believes the outcome of the election is a fait accompli, his New York tabloid has been doing everything in its power to help Trump’s re-election chances, publishing a screaming page 1 story on Wednesday under the headline, “Biden Secret E-Mails.” The supposed “smoking gun” emails purported to show that Hunter Biden had introduced his father to a Ukrainian businessman when he was vice president, though the Post relied on unverified documents given to them by Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani. (Biden’s team denies that such a meeting took place.)
Whatever Murdoch thinks is going to happen on November 3 is one thing, and making money from Giuliani’s latest conspiracy theory to help Trump is quite another. But it does look like the Trump/Murdoch bromance is over.
Murdoch had long prized having unfettered access to the White House, much like the direct line he has enjoyed to leaders in Australia and the U.K. But people familiar with the matter say the two men have not spoken in several weeks after Murdoch grew tired of Trump’s endless complaints about what the president viewed as negative coverage on Fox News.
When Trump first began having his falling out with Fox News, he tweeted them, “Remember who put you where you are.” Maybe Murdoch should say those exact same words to Trump. Or, maybe he already has. Just as it has always been certain that Mitch McConnell would cut Trump loose one day, it’s been more or less assured that Rupert Murdoch would know when he had been able to get all the mileage out of Trump that he was able to get and cut bait before he became too much of a liability. It appears that both those days have come.