2021-03-29 03:04:10 UTC
Rupert Murdoch, whose media empire includes Fox News and the New York Post,
is predicting a landslide Biden victory over Trump
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, owner of the Fox News network and the New York
Post, has told people that he thinks Democratic nominee Joe Biden will defeat
President Donald Trump in the presidential election, according to reports.
The New York Times on Saturday reported that a source familiar with the
matter had told them Murdoch believes a Biden victory is most likely, and has
even said that the Democrat could triumph over Trump in a landslide.
It confirms a report by The Daily Beast last week, with several sources
telling that publication that Murdoch has been projecting an emphatic victory
for Biden. According to the report, Murdoch believes Trump has refused to
listen to the best advice on dealing with the coronavirus crisis.
Business Insider has attempted to reach Murdoch for comment on the report.
Murdoch declined to comment on the Times' report.
And in an email to the Beast last week wrote "no comment except I've never
called Trump an idiot," referring to a 2018 report claiming that he had
called Trump an "idiot" after a phone call with the president about
Though Murdoch may believe that it's game over for Trump, Fox News hosts
continue to be the president's staunchest media allies. Murdoch's tabloid,
The New York Post, is embroiled in controversy over a disputed article last
week which, reported that unverified emails found on an abandoned laptop
contain evidence of dubious business dealing by Biden's son, Hunter, in
Social media companies have moved to limit the article's spread, with US
intelligence reportedly investigating whether the emails are part of a
Russian disinformation campaign.
In the initial months of his presidential candidacy, Trump faced tough
questions from Fox News hosts and was described as an embarrassment by
Murdoch in a tweet.
But as his campaign gathered strength, the network abruptly changed its
stance and became his ardent backer, with network hosts such as Sean Hannity
serving as informal advisers and sounding boards for the president.
Trump has repeatedly praised the Murdoch family. In January he described
Murdoch as "the greatest" over his deal-making acumen,
But according to the Beast, Rupert Murdoch is beginning to tire of the
president. Trump has phoned the media tycoon to complain about what he sees
as negative coverage about his administration on Fox News.
A rift has opened in the Murdoch family over the editorial direction of the
publications. Murdoch's son James Murdoch last week told the Times that he
had decided to quit his board position for News Corp, the print media wing of
his father's business empire, out of concern that some publications are