1. Murdoch bows to another alternative “political narrative”
2. A catalog of great political moments
- Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (D) once remarked that Murdoch’s support and favorable New York Post coverage during the 1977 mayoral primary “made the difference between winning and losing, and I am very grateful for that.” Murdoch is widely credited with playing a similar role in the rise of future Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R).
- Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign also credited Murdoch and the Post for delivering New York to Reagan’s campaign, Times magazine reported.
- In the 2000s, Murdoch grew closer to Hillary Clinton when it looked like she might be destined for the White House.
- In the 2010s, Murdoch became a prominent supporter of the ultimately unsuccessful campaign for comprehensive immigration reform. He testified before Congress and wrote an op-ed in his Wall Street Journal.
- In 2015, during Barack Obama’s presidency, Murdoch tweeted about then-Republican candidate Ben Carson: “What about a real black president who can properly address the racial divide?” He later apologized.
- Fox took a skeptical view of Trump early in the 2016 Republican primaries, best evidenced by Trump’s clash with then-Fox host Megyn Kelly during a republican debate. But as Trump took control of the contest, his media coverage shifted in his direction, cementing a mutually beneficial relationship.
If Murdoch’s newspapers were a brutal instrument, Fox’s influence was in some ways more subtle, but also much deeper: hour after hour, day after day, it shaped the reality of the millions of Americans who considered it their home. main source of information. A 2007 study found that the network’s introduction on a particular cable system pushed local voters to the right: the Fox News effect, as it was dubbed. In a 2014 Pew Research poll, a majority of self-described conservatives said it was the only news network they trusted. Murdoch’s office, above the Fox newsroom in Midtown Manhattan, has become a must-see stop on the calendar of any serious Republican presidential candidate.
3. The ignominious timing, after 40 years
Donald Trump’s relationship with Fox News becomes more complex
4. Clues about the sequel with Lachlan Murdoch