Fox News is dissatisfied with former President Donald Trump for a variety of reasons, with his decision not to participate in the Republican primary debate being a significant one.
According to a report from Newsmax, Rupert Murdoch, the founder of Fox News, is allegedly encouraging Glenn Youngkin, the Republican governor of Virginia, to launch a campaign against the previous president in order to win the Republican nomination for president in 2024.
Recognized for his skill in navigating the complexities of pro-Trump and anti-Trump factions, the governor of Virginia ultimately secured his position.
The individual in issue refrained both from directly attacking the previous president and from forming a close alliance with him.
Newsmax provided additional details on the subject.
Murdoch encouraged Youngkin to run for president in two face-to-face meetings earlier this year and is ramping up his political activities as his Fox News network has been covering Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis more harshly, according to sources quoted by The Washington Post.
Youngkin has not ruled out a run for president in a crowded GOP field that is failing to chip away at former President Donald Trump’s solid base, but he has been waiting to see how this year and November’s crucial state elections in his home state of Virginia play out.
According to Dave Rexrode, the head of Gov. Youngkin’s Spirit of Virginia PAC, “Virginia is getting attention because parents still matter and Gov. Youngkin’s commonsense conservative leadership is working.”
“There’s more to do, so the governor’s not taking his eye off Virginia. These races are too important,” he added.
It should be noted, however, that receiving support from Murdoch alone does not guarantee success or positive results.
“Not everyone listens to Rupert, and Rupert’s instincts are not always perfect, but he has always believed that some competition is better than none at all, and he would like to see some debate about the issues in the primary,” a source said to The Post.
Fox News has lost yet another high-ranking executive as the network continues its efforts to recover from a $787 million settlement with Dominion Voting Systems for defamation.
According to a report published by The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, the network’s highest-ranking legal executive, Viet Dinh, will be departing the company before the end of the current year. According to Mediaite, Dinh was designated as a “trusted associate” of Fox News CEO Lachlan Murdoch and served as a godfather to one of his children.
“His strong position at the company waned following the settlement, some people familiar with the matter said,” the Journal reported.
According to a report by The New York Times, instead of opting for an early settlement in the Dominion lawsuit, Dinh opted to maintain an optimistic perspective that heavily relied on the free expression rights. Dominion initiated legal proceedings against Fox in response to multiple guests’ allegations that the company played a role in manipulating the outcome of the 2020 presidential election to Donald Trump’s detriment.
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“He insisted that Fox was on firm legal footing and could take the case, if need be, all the way to the Supreme Court, where he believed the company would prevail on First Amendment grounds,” the Times reported. CONTINUE READING…