Changing horses on the fly. (photo courtesy of the Dent Ranch)

Rupert Murdoch changes horses

Ivonne Rovira
Ivonne Rovira

On July 22, Australian media magnate Rupert Murdoch announced that he was changing horses.

He did so in the American property that he’s had the longest, The New York Post. The headline reads: “Trump’s silence on Jan. 6 is damning.”

What? You only just realized that Donald Trump was trying to steal the 2020 election? You didn’t notice that he barreled on after losing 61-and-a-half lawsuits out of 62? In front of Republican-appointed judges and even judges his own administration appointed? Even in front of the U.S. Supreme Court that he had Mitch McConnell pack for him? That wasn’t a clue?

His fomenting a coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol, that wasn’t a deal breaker?

His attempt to illegally steal the election on Jan. 6, that was still OK?

The discovery that Trump asked generals to allow him to declare martial law and activate the military in an imitation of a Banana Republic, that was still OK as well?

No, it wasn’t until the end of the Jan. 6 Committee hearings, which so besmirched the MAGA brand that Murdoch feared losing big in 2024 and maybe 2022, that the press baron decided to find a replacement puppet. Likely Ron DeSantis, but maybe Ted Cruz or Hawlin’ Josh Hawley or Nikki Haley. I’m sure the lot of them will be auditioning for the role of Murdoch’s Main Minion.

So how long will it take Fox News’ lemmings to change course?


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Ivonne Rovira

Ivonne is the research director for Save Our Schools Kentucky. She previously worked for The Miami Herald, the Miami News, and The Associated Press. (Read the rest on the Contributors page.)