Of course, there are any number of people who control information that would destroy Trump and his presidency, perhaps even his personal freedom. But, nearly all of the “typical” people who could topple the administration are within the administration, or outside this country. However, there are two people who work outside of government, two people without any secret inside information, could easily take Trump down with ease and speed.
Rupert and Lachlan Murdock.
The two people who control Fox News, known by some to be “Trump TV” are inextricably tied to Trump’s fate. Like Pompeo and Barr, the Murdoch future is hinging upon the correct determination as to when to jump off the S.S. Trump, as it careens recklessly through a sea of icebergs.
Obviously, Rupert sold his soul long ago, pumping up Trump to loyal viewers, harvesting advertising dollars that go straight into the Murdoch family bank account. But, Lachlan, the younger Murdoch, must necessarily focus upon the long-term Fox future. Lachlan cannot allow the network to cross the Trump event horizon, that black hole that eventually sucks in everyone who blindly revolves around Trump. Lachlan must navigate the situation such that he knows when to blast off tp a safer and more stable orbit.
Without “Trump TV” propaganda to manipulate each new shocking revelation, Trump is, quite literally, sunk.
As noted in a great column in Rawstory:
Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch decide what propaganda gets sold as news on the Fox cable channel. They helped create the false image of Trump the great leader. Their compliant and highly paid program hosts have sustained Trump, attacking anyone who challenges the president, riling up his base. But the relationship between the network and Trump has been fraying for months. Now may be the time for the Murdochs to finally let it unravel.
We have noted over and over that the Trump movement resembles a cult, perhaps it is a cult (look at the way Qanon became “mainstream” within the supporters). Like any cult, the leader does no wrong, and is never questioned. But, as we’ve said, cults do not last forever, and the moment something pierces a cult leader’s invulnerability, the movement folds, blindingly fast, and nothing the leader does can save it.
The Murdochs, for whatever else they may be, are not stupid, and understand the dynamic all too well. They will not risk their golden empire attempting to prop-up a man committed to destroying himself and the nation he “leads.”
Additionally, unlike real news organizations, the Murdochs control the “news” slant at Fox with an iron grip.
If the Murdochs direct the entertainer Sean Hannity to stop with his ludicrous assaults on Trump critics, then Hannity will. If they give new scripts to the actors playing journalists on Fox & Friends they will follow those scripts. If they generally signal to Fox News and Fox Business hosts that Trump is persona non grata they will get the message and repeat it.
That is what makes Fox unlike legitimate news organizations where editors or producers w,ho try to issue such orders would at best be refused and at worst be forced out. This Murdochian style can be adopted to benefit our nation.
Does anyone doubt the summation?
Think about what Fox has to lose. After years of extolling Trump’s perfection, and the lunacy of Trump’s critics, how would the network recover if some of the previously unquestioned heroes, people like Pompeo, Pence, and – of course – Trump himself – get exposed with undeniable evidence of self-dealing, extortion, evidence that they willingly sold their country out to benefit themselves personally, even over the Republican party?
The legitimacy of the network that lifted Trump up to near deity status will be working for a decade to regain viewer trust.
It is all to easy to lump all Trump supporters into the same category, unthinking automatons, supporting the blowhard until the bitter end, and even after. Certainly, too many fit the description. But nowhere near all. If only half of Trump’s supporters are suddenly sickened, suddenly see that the emperor has no clothes, and that half notes that it was Fox that made fools out of them, they will move on, getting their news elsewhere. Having one’s ratings cut by half, or even one third, could be a death knell.
These same people may call advertisers, asking those advertisers why they continue to fund an thoroughly anti-American agenda.
Right now, some intense meetings must be occurring among preciously few people, the two Murdochs, and perhaps a programming director. They must have a plan to deal with the threat looming over their heads and their fortune. Lachlan, in particular, needs to inherit a legitimate money-making “news” organization. He must know that the future depends upon when the “Trump-TV” era ends, and the “woke conservative” period begins.
The moment these two men, the Murdochs, determine that Trump just became bad for business, Trump’s “business” as president is over.
We will surely see more and more leaks in the coming week, take time to note if those leaks are first reported on Fox News. Some might originate, right on Trump TV. When, and if, it happens, you know that Trump’s days are numbered, in weeks, not months.
Last, it is probably good to understand and internalize just where we stand as a nation, one so manipulated by propaganda, that a media organization, controlled ruled ruthlessly by two agenda-driven men, could easily change the course of history.
That is frightening, because it is not supposed to happen in a democracy, which makes one question …
We will address that concern in another column.
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