Steve Bannon, the former Trump administration’s White House chief strategist, reportedly slammed Fox News and the Murdoch family on Friday afternoon for their coverage of former President Trump, who is running for re-election.
Bannon, the prominent “War Room” podcast host, slammed Fox for cutting away from Trump’s speech announcing his run for president last November, as well as a paucity of coverage of his recent visit to East Palestine, Ohio.
“Note to Fox News senior management: When Donald J. Trump talks, it’s newsworthy. You’ve disrespected Donald Trump for long enough.” Bannon said during his speech.
“Is there really that much going on at two in the afternoon on Fox News that you can’t cover him live. They don’t respect you, read the depositions. They have a fear, a loathing and a contempt for you.” he continued.
Trump’s former top advisor was referring to recent court records from a deposition of Murdoch and other top Fox executives as part of a defamation case the station is facing from Dominion Voting Systems.
According to the documents, Murdoch and other Fox executives are skeptical of Trump’s phony assertions of a stolen election and are concerned that fact-checking those claims could upset the conservative media behemoth’s large following.
Trump has often chastised the cable news titan for what he sees as unduly good coverage of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is generally anticipated to make a run for the GOP presidential nomination, challenging Trump in 2024.
“The Murdochs immediately have to start covering President Trump. No special deals, just cover the man, ask the tough questions. But we need to hear the voice of Donald J. Trump.” Bannon concluded.