In a stunning revelation, author Michael Wolff’s new book, The Fall: The End of Fox News and the Murdoch Dynasty, has revealed the tumultuous relationship between media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump. Here’s the full story.
Wolff, known for his no-holds-barred accounts of the political and media landscape, portrays Murdoch as a man consumed by anger and resentment towards Trump.
He characterizes Murdoch’s initial reactions to Trump as relatively composed, where he would occasionally dismiss the former president as an “idiot” during the early days of Trump’s presidency.
However, as time went on, Murdoch’s emotions evolved into a frenzied mix of rage and bitterness.
“We Would All Be Better Off…”
One recurring theme that Wolff highlights is Murdoch’s contemplation of Trump’s death, as the media magnate reportedly talks about scenarios such as, “‘We would all be better off …?’ ‘This would all be solved if …’ ‘How could he still be alive, how could he?’ ‘Have you seen him? Have you seen what he looks like? What he eats?'”
The book also delves into Murdoch’s changing opinion of Trump after his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.
The book says that Murdoch “like much of the Republican establishment … had convinced himself that Trump was, finally, vulnerable.”
“That his hold on the base and Republican politicians had weakened enough that now was the time to kill him off, finally,” the book read.
However, this is not the first time Rupert Murdoch’s criticism of Donald Trump has come to light.
“Really Crazy Stuff”
Murdoch had described Trump claiming that the election was rigged as “damaging” and “really crazy stuff.” The strained relationship between Trump and Murdoch is not a one-sided affair, as Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Murdoch and Fox News.
In a particularly scathing attack on the media conglomerate, Trump wrote, “Rupert Murdoch, ‘Worst Republican Speaker ever’ Paul Ryan, RINO KARL ROVE, The Wall Street Globalist Journal, and the rapidly disintegrating FoxNews, have gone all out, over the last 3 months, pushing and promoting Ron DeSanctimonious.”
“A man who, without the help and Endorsement of President Donald J. Trump, would now be working at a McDonalds or, at a minimum, be far away from Tallahassee,” he added.
“I’m sure that’s mutual”
Several social media users shared their thoughts on the incident.
One Twitter user wrote, “I’m sure that’s mutual. A sizable portion of the population would like nothing better than for them both to get their wish.”
Another user added, “Rupert has been doing his ‘tell them I hate Trump!’ routine for almost ten years now, and Trump still gets mega-maga coverage from Murdoch’s media, and the Murdochs still profit off him.”
A third user commented, “When democracy fails in the US they can point to Murdoch as one of the primary causes.”
A fourth user wrote, “Crocodile tears, Rupert. Which is why Murdoch will platform him again and again. Fox News has profited off of right wing hatred for decades. What’s one more authoritarian?”
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