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Murdoch’s media empire distances itself from Trump

Billionaire Rupert Murdoch’s influential media empire is turning away from former President Donald Trump after the US midterm elections. In its editorial yesterday, the conservative Wall Street Journal described the right-wing populist as “the Republican Party’s biggest loser”.

Trump “floundered” in the 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022 elections. In Tuesday’s midterm elections, Trump-backed Republican candidates lost in states that “obviously” could have won.

The New York Post put Trump on the wall in a front-page cartoon and called him “Trumpty Dumpty” who had a “deep fall” – a reference to a popular children’s song featuring a character named Humpty. Dumpty falls from a brick wall. The newspaper quoted an expert as saying that two words could explain why Republicans achieved a disappointing result in the midterm elections: “Donald Trump.”

Fox News: Trump is the biggest loser

Fox News, which is part of the Murdoch empire and a longtime favorite of Trump, also found harsh words for the 76-year-old while simultaneously paying tribute to Trump’s intra-party rival Ron DeSantis, who was previously re-elected by a large margin in the Florida gubernatorial election. “The big midterm winner was without a doubt Governor DeSantis, whose landslide victory in Florida was impressive,” Fox News columnist Liz Beck wrote. “The Biggest Loser? Donald Trump.”

The Murdoch media has a lot of influence in the United States and has long reported very positively about Trump. During his time in the White House, for example, Trump regularly gave long interviews to Fox News in which he was unafraid of critical questions. However, in the conservative camp, many are turning away from Trump after the midterms and relying on DeSantis.

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