Rough treatment today in the Post. But the Murdoch media divide — NYP, WSJ ed board critical/skeptical of Trump, while Fox News pundits gushing, as they did with last night's announcement — also played out in 2015. My piece 7+ years back
The same NY Post running the "Don Voyage" headline in 2015 after Trump insulted McCain — one of the countless times the GOP was supposedly going to dump Trump—would later endorse him in the 2016 primary and for reelection in 2020
Of course, many in conservative media and the GOP were "Against Trump" in the 2016 cycle before eventually falling in line
We've been seeing DeSantis fever spreading in Murdochland even before the midterms
And elsewhere on the right
Of course, Trump's been pounded since the midterms
We've now had years of Republicans "privately" grumbling about Trump while remaining publicly subservient to him — and media outlets on the right tending to prop him up, even if distancing at times.
“If the GOP wants to break up with Trump, they should should stop talking about it and actually do it,” writes @theEricLutz. “The party has squandered six years' worth of opportunities to ditch Trump...because they were too afraid.”
The NY Post wood is notable, and may signal more on the right dismissing/mocking Trump’s 2024 bid—or, Murdoch’s papers could tilt back depending on who, if anyone, gives Trump a serious challenge in the GOP primary.

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Jul 25
New excerpt up this morning at @VanityFair from @JonLemire’s "The Big Lie"
I often thought in 2020, as Trump was setting the stage to dismiss the election results if he lost, how he even lied about the 2016 election, which he won. As I wrote in Nov 2016, some media outlets were too quick to promote such false "fraud" claims Image
Trump "paid no price" for the 2016 lies, writes Lemire. "The message from the GOP seemed to be: Yes, Trump’s election fraud claims were unseemly, inaccurate, and embarrassing, but what harm did they do?"
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Sep 23, 2021
Had a few more Trump loyalists been in place, the GOP may have stolen the 2020 election. Now just imagine the outcome if election deniers are running 2024 state elections:
Since the MAGA rioters and 147 GOP members of Congress failed on Jan 6 to subvert democracy, the party has only stepped up efforts to restrict voting and take greater control over state elections, while purging members who held Trump accountable and won't push the Big Lie.
"As an institution, the press wasn’t prepared for 2020 — and it’s looking even worse for 2024," writes @ParkerMolloy, highlighting how "absurd it would be to cover Trump as a standard candidate worthy of standard coverage."
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May 5, 2021
Nearly six months since a senior GOP official told the Post, “What is the downside for humoring him for this little bit of time?” So far: insurrection, 147 in Congress opposing democracy, voter suppression, and potentially purging a GOP leader for not keeping Trump's lie going.
For posterity:
Right, so the lying and grievance-fueling will surely continue
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May 2, 2021
The national media could learn from @WITF, which isn't simply forgetting that 147 Republicans opposed democracy on Jan 6, seizing on lies to try and overturn a free and fair election after a violent Trump-incited mob attacked the Capitol:
The disregard 147 Republicans showed for democracy, their willingness to disenfranchise millions of Americans to try and maintain power, is essential to understanding and covering politics today, which includes the GOP's voter suppression efforts ahead of 2022/24.
And yet some outlets interview, say, Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise as if we didn't witness what they and 145 of their Republicans did on Jan. 6—or networks book election deniers to continue fueling the Big Lie
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Apr 5, 2021
"Hostility and distrust of the news media, in other words, has become a point of political identity among Republicans."
Yet Republicans appear quick to trust conspiracy theories or Trump lies. A new Reuters poll finds half of Republicans believe the deadly, pro-Trump attack on the Capitol "was largely a non-violent protest or was the handiwork of left-wing activists"
Same poll finds that "six in 10 Republicans also believe the false claim put out by Trump that November’s presidential election 'was stolen' from him due to widespread voter fraud."
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Oct 27, 2020
Is the WSJ editorial board too cozy with the Bradley Foundation? @WilliamCohan digs in
WSJ’s edit board has criticized Sheldon Whitehouse in more than two dozen unsigned editorials over the past 14 months, including his recently warning during SCOTUS hearings of “dark money” and groups like the Bradley Foundation.
“The prizes and the Bradley Foundation have no influence on what we write,” says Paul Gigot, who accused Whitehouse of attempting "to smear anyone who disagrees with him with false political conspiracy theories.”
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