— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 15, 2017
A New York Times report on Steve Bannon today from Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush today contains a tidbit about Rupert Murdoch, and Haberman discussed it on CNN earlier tonight.
The media mogul had a private dinner recently with the President and reportedly told him Bannon has to go.
On CNN, Haberman talked about the dinner and the case Murdoch made, and Cooper asked, “So the head of Fox News and the head of the Wall Street Journal is giving advice to the President of the United States, who he’s covering, about who he should fire?”
Haberman explained that she and Thrush had him on a list of “20 people who have the President’s ear,” saying that Murdoch “speaks to him most days.”
Back in April, Haberman and Thrush reported on this list of people Trump seeks for advice, which included Murdoch. Here is what they reported at the time about the Trump-Murdoch relationship:
Mr. Trump’s relationships depend on two crucial measures: personal success and loyalty to him. Mr. Murdoch excels in both categories. His New York Post vaulted Mr. Trump from local housing developer to gossip-page royalty, and his Fox News Channel was pro-Trump in the 2016 general election.
The two share preferences for transactional tabloid journalism and never giving in to critics. (Mr. Trump said the fallen Fox star Bill O’Reilly should not have settled sexual harassment complaints.) The president’s relationship with Mr. Murdoch is deeper and more enduring than most in his life, and the two commiserate and plot strategy in their phone calls, according to people close to both.
Mr. Murdoch even called the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, to buck him up after Mr. Spicer was savaged for a remark about Adolf Hitler.
Watch above, via CNN.
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