In 2020, Rupert Murdoch, proprietor of FOX News, hosted Governor Ron DeSantis at his California ranch in Bel Air. He informed him that FOX News would support his prospective presidential candidacy in 2024.
Since then, Murdoch and FOX Corporation have terminated the prominent Trump-MAGA supporter Tucker Carlson.
Since then, FOX News has implemented a mild prohibition against President Trump.
This new trajectory is detrimental to the news station. Since dismissing Tucker Carlson, FOX News has lost almost half of its audience.
Knewz gave a report on the meeting. For the record, NewsCorp was the owner of Knewz until 2021.
According to Vanity Fair, the conservative news mogul invited the Florida Governor to his Vineyard in Bel Air, California for dinner in 2020 and assured him that Fox would support his potential presidential run in 2024.
Earlier this year, signs of this sentiment became more apparent as Fox implemented a soft ban on Trump and began featuring DeSantis more frequently.
Additionally, during this time, the Dominion lawsuit loomed over the news corporation, prompting it to distance itself from the election controversy and thus steer clear of Trump.
Murdoch even expressed regret, stating that he would have preferred his anchors to be more assertive in denouncing Trump’s election conspiracies that defined his campaigns. He was also quoted saying, “I would have liked us to be stronger in denouncing it in hindsight,” per the Independent.