Steve Bannon Criticizes Murdoch, Says His Media Empire Is Swapping Trump For DeSantis

“Fox News, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Times of London, The Sun etc etc all against Trump,” Bannon wrote Wednesday on the right-wing social media platform Gettr. He also attacked the Murdoch family as “Australians throughout England, not Americans” who “have never sacrificed anything for this country.” Murdoch became a US citizen in 1984.

Murdoch has “zero feelings” for “the United States or Americans,” Bannon added.

Bannon was responding to an article in Vanity Fair on Wednesday that stated that “DeSantis fever is spreading through the Murdoch media empire.”

The Murdoch-controlled media outlets have recently launched strong attacks on Trump, including surprisingly scathing editorials earlier this month in the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal.

“Trump betrayed his supporters by ripping them off on January 6 and is still doing it,” the Journal editorial said on June 10.

“King Lear of Mar-a-Lago” who cannot accept defeat has “become a prisoner of his own ego,” the Post said the same day. “He will not stop insisting that 2020 was ‘stolen’ even though he has offered no proof that it is true.”

Murdoch’s former employee, Piers Morgan, wrote in a Monday op-ed in the Post that “By almost any political parameter you choose, this guy’s attitude [DeSantis] a much better choice to carry Republicans to the 2024 election than Donald Trump.”

The British television personality called Trump an “angry aging gorilla who has become a boring, democracy-defying whiner.” The headline declared flatly, “Time to Get Rid of Donald.”

Vanity Fair noted that, in essence, Morgan “picked up a grenade, pulled out a pin, and tossed it in the direction of Mar-a-Lago.” More importantly, the op-ed underscored Murdoch’s media message: “Leave Trump,” the magazine added.

Morgan predicted that DeSantis and Trump’s “mutual admiration society” was “about to fall apart in a big way.”

Morgan added: “If there’s one thing Trump can’t stand more than people who don’t buy his ‘election rigged’ bulls, it’s people who could threaten his chances of returning to the White House in 2024.”

The chill is already evident. DeSantis has chosen not to ask Trump for an endorsement of his candidacy for reelection as governor.

Trump published a poll of Zogby (which was rated B- for predictability last year) in Truth Social on Wednesday that showed him leading with 54% of the expected vote to DeSantis’ 12% in an imagined presidential primary race involving to various candidates. Fox News reported Wednesday that a New Hampshire poll showed DeSantis with a slim lead over Trump in that state.

Although Fox News did not broadcast the first of the televised hearings of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection, the network has broadcast the rest to date.

After Tuesday’s hearing, Fox host Martha MacCallum denounced the “shocking” lack of evidence to support Trump’s claims that the 2020 election had been rigged against him.

A source told Vanity Fair: “Rupert Murdoch is a pragmatic guy. He knows better than anyone how to read political tea leaves.”

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