Joe Biden has called Rupert Murdoch “the most dangerous man in the world”, according to a forthcoming book.
The comment, from mid-2021, is reported in This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future by Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns, two New York Times reporters.
The book is due out in May. Last month, Politico reported passages in which Jill Biden, now first lady, criticizes her husband’s decision to choose Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Reporting Biden’s remark about Murdoch, CNN said the president has never spoken in public about the 91-year-old media baron and owner of Fox News.
The president told a town hall audience that he “sometimes turns[s] on Fox to find out how popular I am. He also apologized to Fox News White House reporter Peter Doocy for calling him a “stupid son of a bitch.”
According to Burns and Martin, Biden “rated” Murdoch as “one of the most destructive forces in the United States.”
Fox News anchors, including Tucker Carlson, have widely relayed coronavirus misinformation and spoken favorably of Vladimir Putin and Russia. The network has been sued for giving voice to Donald Trump’s lies about voter fraud during his loss to Biden, who is now the butt of daily mockery from Fox News hosts.
The White House and Fox News did not immediately comment.
Fox News largely supports Trump. But Murdoch clashed with the former president.
In January 2018, author Michael Wolff reported that Murdoch, an Australian-born US citizen, called Trump “a fucking idiot” because of his views on immigration.
Last year, Wolff reported that Murdoch personally endorsed Fox News’ Arizona appeal for Biden, a move that signaled Trump would lose his re-election fight. Fox News denied it.
Wolff told Brian Stelter, the CNN host who revealed Biden’s comment about Murdoch on Sunday, that Murdoch “hates Donald Trump. Hates him – but Rupert loves money.”
Stelter is the author of his own book, Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth, published in 2020.
As reported by the Guardian, the book reports that Trump’s second attorney general, William Barr, told Murdoch that a Fox News personality critical of Trump should be “muzzled.”