Former President Donald Trump used to make frequent appearances on Fox News during the early days of his post-presidency. Almost a year ago exactly, for example, the former president went on Hannity in order to slam President Joe Biden’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.
However, Trump has now gone months without appearing on Fox News. The former president hasn’t spoken on Fox News since his April 13 cameo on Hannity — and it has critics asking whether he’s been shadow-banned from the cable news network.
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Fox News has denied the report. But it’s worth noting that Fox News declined to air Trump’s rally on Jul. 22. Instead, the network aired an interview between host Laura Ingraham and Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla.
The network covered Trump’s speech in D.C. the following week, but it aired only certain clips instead of covering it live. On the same day, the network livestreamed a speech by another competing figure: former Vice President Mike Pence.
Fox News aired another live interview with DeSantis only five days after his interview with Ingraham.
It’s not an accident — the network has intentionally been leaving Trump off the air, insiders told The New York Times.
The Times investigated the reasons why, and it issued a shocking report on Friday.
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In the former president’s view, according to two people who have spoken to him recently, Fox’s ignoring him is an affront far worse than running stories and commentary that he has complained are ‘”too negative”…
Mr. Trump has complained recently to aides that even Sean Hannity, his friend of 20 years, doesn’t seem to be paying him much attention anymore, one person who spoke to him recalled.
The snubs are not coincidental, according to several people close to Mr. Murdoch’s Fox Corporation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the company’s operations. This month, The New York Post and the Wall Street Journal, both owned by Mr. Murdoch, published blistering editorials about Mr. Trump’s actions concerning the Jan. 6, 2021, riot on the Capitol…
The skepticism toward the former president extends to the highest levels of the company, according to two people with knowledge of the thinking of Mr. Murdoch, the chairman, and his son Lachlan, the chief executive. It reflects concerns that Republicans in Washington, like Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader, have expressed to the Murdochs about the potential harm Mr. Trump could cause to the party’s chances in the upcoming elections.
Two insiders told the Times that the Murdoch family views the 2020 election as settled. Another person said that the Murdochs have defended their decision to call Arizona for Joe Biden in 2020.
Some executives at Fox News had spoken about election fraud before the Trump presidency. The late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes reportedly made such comments during a 2012 meeting with Mitt Romney.
“They make promises they can’t keep. And they’re dirty. They cheat,” the CEO told Romney after the 2012 election, according to a Times report from February.
Last month, the former president went on Truth Social to accuse the network of nefarious motivations.
“@foxandfriends just really botched my poll numbers, no doubt on purpose. That show has been terrible – gone to the ‘dark side,'” Trump wrote. “RINO Paul Ryan, one of the weakest and worst [House] Speakers EVER, must be running the place.” Ryan sits on the board of Fox Corporation, but his level of involvement in the editorial content remains unclear.
Some Fox News hosts have defended Trump when on the subject, even within the last 100 days. At least three Fox News opinion hosts — Hannity, Ingraham, and ratings giant Tucker Carlson — have accused Congress of launching a “show trial” against Trump amid the televised hearings on the Capitol riot.
Some insiders described Fox’s approach to Trump as temporary. They expect Trump to receive more coverage in the future after — for example when he announces his expected 2024 presidential campaign.
In other words, they no longer deem Trump to be newsworthy… but that may change.
The Horn editorial team