Biden has called Murdoch ‘the most dangerous man in the world’, according to a new book
In a forthcoming book, two New York Times reporters and CNN political analysts report that President Joe Biden has “rated ‘Fox News’ as one of America’s most destructive forces.”
The reporters, Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, say Biden was even more critical of Fox Corp patriarch Rupert Murdoch.
According to the book, Biden told an anonymous associate in mid-2021 that Murdoch was “the most dangerous man alive.”
The description includes many chapters in “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future,” which comes out in May.
The book describes Fox as a “torrent of anti-Biden programming, stoking skepticism about vaccines and spreading wild conspiracy theories about the Jan. 6 attack.”
Many Biden allies have denounced Fox for these reasons and blamed Rupert Murdoch and his son Lachlan, the company’s CEO, for allowing hosts like Tucker Carlson.
But Biden has never spoken about Murdoch in public, according to the Factba.se database of the president’s speeches, interviews, tweets and other public statements. So the commentary in “This Will Not Pass” can make waves.
A White House spokesperson declined to comment on the book’s claim that Biden was excoriating the elder Murdoch.
Biden sometimes tangles with Fox’s White House correspondent Peter Doocy and was caught on a hot mic in January calling Doocy “a dumb son of a bitch.” Biden then called him to apologize.
Biden also occasionally makes asides about Fox’s oppositional programming. Last October, during a CNN town hall, he said, “I turn on Fox to find out how popular I am,” earning laughs from the audience.
The reports from Martin and Burns indicate a much darker judgment from the Fox boss behind closed doors.