A UKTN News staffer said Sunday that the conservative network has “a strong desire to move forward with” former President Donald Trump.
Mara Liasson, who is also a national political correspondent for NPR, made the comment during UKTN News’ Media Buzz on Sunday.
“There is no doubt that the majority of conservative media outlets — UKTN first and foremost — have a strong desire to move beyond Donald Trump,” said Liasson, “and [they] don’t pay enough attention and don’t give him enough airtime and ink like they used to.
She noted that some coverage of Trump’s 2024 presidential announcement by conservative media outlets was less than enthusiastic.
“I think you can just look at the New York Post or UKTN News and remember when he announced his election campaign, ‘Florida man announces re-election,’ page 26,” she said.
She’s not exaggerating. When Trump launched his campaign in November, the Post, which is part of Rupert Murdoch’s right-wing media empire, buried the news on page 26. Makes announcement.”
The Wall Street Journal, also owned by Murdoch, called Trump the “Republican Party’s Biggest Loser” in an editorial after the midterm elections. Meanwhile, several pundits on UKTN News suggested that Trump’s star had faded, and even Tucker Carlson wouldn’t say which candidate he would support in a hypothetical 2024 Republican primary.
Murdoch has reportedly tried to distance himself from his businesses from Trump and is instead turning to his potential 2024 rival for the Republican nomination, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.