How much does Rupert Murdoch want to create distance between the “Trump Train,” and himself? How about so bad that new reports say that Murdoch just accused Roger Ailes, fallen Fox News head, for “laying the groundwork for the Trump campaign.”
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch reportedly blames Roger Ailes, the former Fox News chairman and chief executive officer who resigned in July amid sexual harassment allegations, for “laying the groundwork” for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Fox sources told New York magazine. Murdoch is the executive chairman of the network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox.
Ailes and the Republican presidential nominee are longtime friends. The sources said Ailes, who founded Fox in 1996, gave Trump a weekly call-in segment on Fox & Friends to discuss political issues, including the widely debunked “birther” myth he helped perpetuate against Barack Obama—that the president was not born in the United States.
Donald Trump has been very clear that he thinks that Murdoch is a big old meanie, saying that “Murdoch’s been very bad to me,” in April. That was following reports that Murdoch wanted Trump pushed on the issues.
That and the long-lived fued between Trump and Fox’s Megyn Kelly are notable disconnects with Roger Ailes’ game plan of coddling and advising the GOP’s nominee. However, despite these and other issues, Trump was mentioned in July and August as having turned down interviews with all news outlets except Fox. He always said yes to Fox.
Murdoch’s and Ailes’ long-time bromance reportedly became strained over the perception that Ailes allowed Fox News to back Trump instead of staying neutral. Now, Murdoch has taken over for Ailes after his resignation spurred by sexual harassment claims by many women. How much does this indicate a desire to distance himself from Ailes’ new man-crush, Trump?
Whether any of this is part and parcel with Trump’s planned Right Wing network, and Murdoch possibly seeing that as a future cut-in on his market feeding the angry GOP, isn’t known.
What is known is that the additions of Ailes and Trump’s new campaign manager Steve Bannon of Breitbart (far Right propagandist blogspot), make the “campaign” look like a media/spin machine. Or a crack team to run a new network specializing in, well, Trump.
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