Barr Met With Rupert Murdoch As Trump Complained Fox News No Longer 'Delivers'
Attorney General William Barr reportedly met with Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch on Wednesday at the media mogul’s home in New York.
The New York Times reported that it is unclear whether anyone else attended the meeting and the subject of their discussion remains unknown.
Murdoch is a confidant of the president, but Trump has become increasingly critical of Fox News, which he views as more hostile toward him than in the past.
Though some hosts on the network — like Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham — continue to support and defend the president almost no matter what he says or does, news anchors such as Shepard Smith have been on the receiving end of Trump’s Twitter wrath.
The Times noted that even Carlson “has been critical of Mr. Trump’s July call with the president of Ukraine, which prompted the impeachment inquiry,” writing in a piece for the Daily Caller that there is “no way” to spin the call as a positive for the president.
The day after Barr met with Murdoch, Trump attacked Fox News on Twitter over recent poll results, which showed that 51 percent of Americans believe he should be impeached and removed from office.
“From the day I announced I was running for President, I have NEVER had a good @FoxNews Poll. Whoever their Pollster is, they suck,” Trump tweeted on Thursday morning. “But @FoxNews is also much different than it used to be in the good old days.”
In a subsequent tweet, he added, “@FoxNews doesn’t deliver for US anymore. It is so different than it used to be. Oh well, I’m President!”
The attorney general has emerged as a strong supporter of the president’s contention that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election. Trump mentioned Barr by name during his July phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which he asked for investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and the Russia probe origin.
Trump indicated that along with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, Barr was his point man on the matter.