It’s the one thing that might work.
Courtesy of Vanity Fair:
Trump’s frustration with Fox has been slowly ratcheting up, but it has taken on a new dimension during Trump’s refusal to accept the election outcome. According to a source, Trump has personally called Fox personalities to lobby them to say on air that Republican state legislators should ignore the will of the voters and send pro-Trump electors to the Electoral College next month. All three hosts have so far refused. “They’re just not going to say it,” the source said. “It’s an absolute joke. Trump is telling them the electors should give it to Trump.”
Last week, Tucker Carlson even took the rare step of publicly criticizing the Trump legal team’s efforts. In a widely cited segment, Carlson attacked pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for promoting a conspiracy theory claiming that the late Hugo Chávez and liberal billionaire George Soros were behind a plot to steal millions of votes from Trump by hacking electronic voting machines produced by the company Dominion. Carlson reported that Powell refused to come on his show to provide evidence of the scheme. (Yesterday, the Trump campaign disavowed Powell).
Ascendent Fox rival Newsmax has attracted attention lately as being a possible takeover target for Trump allies, but Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy has denied he would convert his network to Trump TV. And it’s not out of the question that Trump and Fox could reach détente. According to two sources, Trump’s attacks on Fox News are causing alarm in the Murdoch family. Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch is considering a plan to offer Trump a $100 million package that would include HarperCollins publishing Trump’s post-presidential memoir and Fox News giving Trump a contributor deal or his own show, the sources say. On November 10, the Murdoch-owned New York Post reported Trump could land a $100 million book advance, but made no mention of the Murdochs. “Rupert is going to make a humongous offer,” one of the sources said. “The thinking is, Let’s buy Trump off so he shuts the fuck up.” Fox Corp. did not provide a comment. However, a source close to the publishing company denied it would make an offer for Trump’s memoir.
I can understand Murdoch’s frustration since this is a tweet that Trump sent out earlier this month.
.@FoxNews daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime even WORSE. Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. They forgot the Golden Goose. The biggest difference between the 2016 Election, and 2020, was @FoxNews!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2020
And he retweeted this just today.
TIME TO MAKE OAN & NEWSMAX RICH. FOX IS DEAD TO ME! pic.twitter.com/IhnDXCJ7a7
— Randy Quaid (@RandyRRQuaid) November 13, 2020
Of course, the problem with paying Trump off in exchange for an agreement that he will stop attacking Fox News is that Trump never adheres to any agreements.
Trump might agree to just about anything for 100 million dollars but that does not mean he will not renege on that deal once the cash is spent and he wants to take them hostage again.
And once Murdoch reveals himself to be soft-touch, why would Trump not revisit that money tree over and over again?