Donald Trump-Rupert Murdoch media update

This United States parody video says about itself:

24 January 2016

Sarah Palin (Tina Fey) endorses Donald Trump (Darrell Hammond) for president at an Iowa campaign stop.

By Christina Wilkie, National Political Reporter, The Huffington Post in the USA:

Donald Trump Has An Ace To Play Against Fox News

The GOP front-runner has information that could damage the cable news network if it were to be made public.

04/03/2016 11:22 pm ET | Updated 8 hours ago

When Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump launched a crusade against Fox News and its star anchor, Megyn Kelly, last summer, many political insiders saw the move as the beginning of the end of Trump’s upstart campaign.

Why would anyone seeking the Republican presidential nomination attack a network that reaches huge swaths of the Republican primary electorate?

One answer is that Trump was angry with Kelly and Fox News after the anchor asked him a tough question during a Republican presidential debate in August.

But in a newly published article Sunday in New York Magazine, author and journalist Gabriel Sherman reveals how Trump came to possess ultra-insider information about Fox News and its founder, Roger Ailes, that could be damaging if it were ever to be made public.

It’s this leverage, Sherman writes, that has so far discouraged Fox News from launching an all-out war on Trump.

Below is an excerpt from Sherman’s piece:

It was also thanks to some information he had gathered that Trump was able to do something that no other Republican has done before: take on Fox News. An odd bit of coincidence had given him a card to play against Fox founder Roger Ailes. In 2014, I published a biography of Ailes, which upset the famously paranoid executive. Several months before it landed in stores, Ailes fired his longtime PR adviser Brian Lewis, accusing him of being a source. During Lewis’s severance negotiations, Lewis hired Judd Burstein, a powerhouse litigator, and claimed he had “bombs” that would destroy Ailes and Fox News. That’s when Trump got involved.

“When Roger was having problems, he didn’t call 97 people, he called me,” Trump said. Burstein, it turned out, had worked for Trump briefly in the ’90s, and Ailes asked Trump to mediate. Trump ran the negotiations out of his office at Trump Tower. “Roger [Ailes] had lawyers, very expensive lawyers, and they couldn’t do anything. I solved the problem.”  Fox paid Lewis millions to go away quietly, and Trump, I’m told, learned everything Lewis had planned to leak. If Ailes ever truly went to war against Trump, Trump would have the arsenal to launch a retaliatory strike.

Sherman’s reporting may also help to explain why Trump was so willing to drop out of a major Fox News debate in Iowa in January, a decision that might have hobbled the campaign of a typical GOP candidate.

In March, Trump participated in a Fox News debate in Detroit, where he flagrantly violated the debate rules by consulting with his campaign manager during a commercial break. Fox did not penalize the Trump campaign.

A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign declined to comment on Sherman’s report.

12 thoughts on “Donald Trump-Rupert Murdoch media update

  1. Google–a purported leader in social responsibility–is sponsoring Trump’s Republican National Convention?! WTF.1

    Trump, who’s promised “riots” if he doesn’t win the Republican nomination, has run one of the most racist, sexist, and violent presidential campaigns in modern history.2 Just last week, he defended his campaign manager who was ARRESTED for assaulting a female reporter, and Trump supporters groped and pepper-sprayed a 15-year-old girl at a rally.3

    Google can’t have it both ways. Either it’s a socially responsible company, or it’s a company that sponsors a Trump-led convention. After hundreds of thousands spoke out, Coca-Cola announced it is backing off its commitment to sponsor the Republican National Convention–and it’s time for Google to follow suit and dump Trump.4 Will you sign the petition?

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    Trump’s venomous rhetoric is not just morally reprehensible–it’s dangerous. Cleveland is purchasing riot gear to prepare.5

    A mainstream company like Google shouldn’t want to be associated with Trump’s brand of hate. And with the momentum since Coca-Cola pulled out of the convention, we have the opportunity to pressure Google to do the right thing and stop supporting Trump. The fewer companies there are supporting his campaign, the weaker Trump becomes.

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    1. Corporations Grow Nervous About Participating in Republican Convention, New York Times, March 30, 2016

    2. Trump predicts ‘riots’ if he’s not nominee, The Hill, March 16, 2016

    3. Trump Defends Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski After Battery Charge, NBCNews, March 29, 2016

    Trump supporters first pepper-spray, then yell “n****r lover” to 15-year-old protestor in Paul Ryan’s hometown, Salon, March 30, 2016

    4. Coca-Cola Divests Significant Support From Republican National Convention, The Root, March 30, 2016

    5. Cleveland seeking to buy riot gear for Republican National Convention,, March 3, 2016


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