Fox News reportedly imposes ‘soft ban’ on Donald Trump as Murdoch family agonizes over his loss
In the wake of the recent election results, tensions are high at Fox News as the network continues to grapple with its coverage of Donald Trump. According to reports, the network has imposed a “soft ban” on the former president, preventing him from being mentioned on air as frequently as he once was.
This latest development comes as the Murdoch family, which owns Fox News, reportedly agonizes over Trump’s loss in the election. The Financial Times has reported that Rupert Murdoch, the patriarch of the family, was “furious” with Trump’s handling of the election and was considering firing him as president before it even took place.
Meanwhile, The New Yorker has published an article exploring the perils of pivoting from Trump, highlighting Fox News’ recent coverage of the Dominion voting system case, which has been widely criticized by election experts.
New York Magazine has also reported that Fox News is shadowbanning Trump, preventing his name from appearing in on-screen graphics and reducing his airtime. This latest move by the network is said to be a response to pressure from advertisers and other partners who have voiced their concerns about the former president’s ongoing claims of election fraud.
The Independent has reported that there is an ongoing clash between Trump and the Murdochs, with the former president accusing the family of not doing enough to support him in his election fight. According to the report, this clash has led to the soft ban on Trump and has also caused some hosts to distance themselves from the former president’s claims.
As the fallout from the election continues to play out, it remains to be seen how Fox News will navigate its coverage of Trump and his ongoing claims of election fraud.