The media empire of Rupert Murdoch is looking to distance itself from Donald Trump following the events that transpired at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. This includes The Wall Street Journal saying the president should resign and even acolytes on Fox News telling viewers he has reached the end of his shelf life.
Murdoch’s right-wing outlets have actually helped propel Trump to the White House in 2016, remaining steadfastly loyal for four years before cracks in the alliance began to appear on re-election day.
“Trump’s no longer going to be President of the United States and the odds of him getting back to that position someday keep decreasing. So as his power decreases there’s a logic that says, ‘Let him go, cut him loose,'” New York University journalism professor Mitchell Stephens told Agence France-Presse.
On Thursday the editorial board of the right-wing Wall Street Journal called on Trump to resign.
“This week has probably finished him as a serious political figure,” said the column, adding: “It is best for everyone, himself included, if he goes away quietly.”
The New York Post tabloid, another staple of the 89-year-old Murdoch’s vast media portfolio, also lashed out at Trump with columnist Michael Goodwin writing that the outgoing president was responsible for “this day of infamy.”
“This time, there is no defense of him. He owns this,” wrote Goodwin.
Even Tucker Carlson, the second most-watched TV presenter in the US, who has remained fiercely loyal to Trump for the past five years, accused him of “recklessly encouraging” the rioters with an inflammatory speech in Washington earlier in the day.
“At some point you’ve got to wonder where our country is putting all of its energy. Is any single president, anyone, worth all of this time and attention?” Carlson said during one of his monologues on Fox News.
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