Murdoch’s New York Post publishes scathing criticism of Donald Trump

It was published online Friday evening, around the same time that another Murdoch publication, the Wall Street Journal, also ran an op-ed harshly criticizing the former president.

The Journal called it “The president who stopped on January 6and praised Vice President Mike Pence. “Character comes to light in a crisis, and Mr. Pence stood trial Jan. 6. Mr. Trump completely failed his,” the Journal editorial said.

Both newspapers have been significantly more critical of Trump than Murdoch’s biggest megaphone, Fox News, although close viewers have also noticed some signs that Fox may be downgrading against Trump.

The right-wing network no longer shows its rallies, for example. Prospective 2024 presidential candidate Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, was Fox’s featured guest as Trump held a rally on Friday night.

Both the Post and the Journal have conservative editorial boards meant to reflect Murdoch’s views. Murdoch said last fall that conservatives must play an active role in American political debate, “but that won’t happen if President Trump remains focused on the past.”

If Murdoch was trying to give Trump advice, it didn’t work. Trump continued to spread lies about the 2020 election and undermine the House investigation into the January 6 insurrection.

After the House committee’s first prime-time hearing last month, the Journal’s editorial board said the evidence was a reminder that “Trump betrayed his supporters.”

While editorial writers remained skeptical of the House committee and criticized the lack of cross-examination of witnesses, they wrote the following on Friday, after the second prime-time hearing: “No matter your take on the Jan. 6 special committee, the “facts he lays out in the hearings are sobering. The most horrifying yet came Thursday during a hearing into President Trump’s conduct as riot was raging and he was sitting in front of the television, posting inflammatory tweets and refusing to send help.”

Instead of making excuses or changing the subject, as some conservative commentators have done, the Journal editorial said Trump “failed” to do his duty as commander-in-chief.

The Post’s editorial page, which wrote last month that “we need a fresh start” with “a new generation of conservatives,” went further in its op-ed after Thursday’s prime-time hearing.

“It’s up to the Department of Justice to decide if this is a crime,” the Post said. “But out of principle, out of character, Trump has proven himself unworthy to be CEO of this country again.”

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