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While Fox News isn't exactly known for being overly critical of Donald Trump, the network's chief executive has openly criticized Trump, saying he disagrees with how the former president behaves, sources tell CNN.
Lachlan Murdoch reportedly thinks Trump running for president again would be bad for the country, yet at the same time he realizes that the majority of his viewers support Trump.
CNN's Oliver Darcy writes that "the dichotomy helps explain why the right-wing channel continues to be supportive of Trump, despite recent reporting that indicates the Murdochs are privately disillusioned with him."
"Last month, The New York Times and The Washington Post published stories indicating that the Murdochs were quietly giving Trump the cold shoulder by emphasizing him less in coverage on Fox," Darcy writes.
While some wonder if the Murdochs could potentially shift Fox in an anti-Trump direction, the network's coverage of the recent FBI raid on Trump's Palm Beach compound has shattered that notion, with the theme of most the network's coverage suggesting that the raid was an example of federal agencies being politically weaponized against Trump.
"So what should we make of all of this? Perhaps it is that when Trump is not in the news, we may see the personal views of the Murdochs shine through coverage on Fox, with their television megaphone choosing to spotlight other conservative politicians as the future of the Republican Party," writes Darcy. "But when Trump is at the center of the news cycle, it puts Fox in an untenable business position: If the network condemns Trump, it loses its audience. So, in those moments, the default position will be to air supportive coverage of him."
According to Gothamist, a New York City police officer has been terminated for providing security for Donald Trump ally Roger Stone on January 6.
"Salvatore Greco, a member of the citywide traffic task force, was found guilty on multiple counts following a department trial, according to a copy of the decision shared with Gothamist," reported Jake Offenhartz. "He was terminated by Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell on Thursday."
Greco's misconduct charges were first reported in February.
"During his disciplinary trial, prosecutors alleged Greco worked as an unpaid bodyguard for Stone, accompanying the longstanding Trump ally to Washington, D.C. as rioters attacked the U.S. Capitol building," continued the report. "He was also reportedly charged with dodging investigators’ questions and hanging around Kristin Davis, the so-called 'Manhattan Madam' who was previously busted for running a prostitution ring. NYPD policy bars officers from knowingly associating with a person reasonably believed to have 'engaged in criminal activities.'"
Stone, who denies Greco acted as his bodyguard, reacted to the news with rage, telling Gothamist, “He’s being terminated for being a supporter of Donald Trump and a friend of mine," and “Like many of [New York Mayor] Eric Adams’ friends and donors, I’m a convicted felon. The issue here is whether they treated Adams differently than Greco.”
In addition to Greco, Stone was seen flanked by members of far-right paramilitary group the Oath Keepers ahead of the attack on the Capitol. Many top Oath Keepers now face charges of seditious conspiracy.
"Stone was convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction related to his attempts to stymie Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election," noted the report. "He was ultimately pardoned by Trump."
"Fox & Friends" host Ainsley Earhardt seems so certain that a search of Mar-A-Lago turned up damaging evidence that she suggested that FBI agents planted it themselves.
The conservative broadcaster joined the growing chorus of Donald Trump allies -- and the former president himself -- who baselessly claimed federal investigators might have planted evidence when they executed a search warrant as part of an investigation into the mishandling of classified documents.
“His lawyer said they brought in backpacks, what was in those backpacks?" Earhardt said. "Did they bring those in to fill them up or did they have something in there?”
Trump's attorney Christina Bobb has said FBI agents removed about a dozen boxes of documents, after the former president already turned over 15 earlier this year that archivists said had been improperly taken from the White House, but she has not released a copy of the search warrant to show what investigators expected to find.
\u201cFox's Ainsley Earhardt seemingly joining in on the absurd allegation from Trump lawyers that the FBI might have planted evidence: "His lawyer said they brought in backpacks, what was in those backpacks? Did they bring those in to fill them up or did they have something in there?"\u201d— Lis Power (@Lis Power) 1660136529