News outlets Fox News, Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post — all owned by Rupert Murdoch — are adjusting their messaging as a defeat to President Trump in the 2020 presidential election looms large.
The Wall Street Journal published an editorial titled "The Presidential Endgame," which said, "Trump's legacy will be diminished greatly if his final act is a bitter refusal to accept a legitimate defeat."
"Perhaps it was inevitable that Donald Trump's re-election campaign would end as his presidency began: with the president claiming victory and his frenzied antagonists denouncing him as a would-be fascist," the Wall Street Journal Editiorial Board said. "The reality is that the US can and probably will have a normal election outcome regardless of the shouting between now and then. ... Whoever wins needs the other to concede."
The New York Post published an article on Thursday with the headline, "Downcast Trump makes baseless election fraud claims in White House address." The New York Post published another article on Thursday with the headline, "Panic-stricken Donald Trump Jr. calls for 'total war' in clueless tweet."
Two anonymous employees of the New York Post said top editors have "told some staff members this week to be tougher in their coverage" of Trump.
Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham said Trump should accept defeat "if and when it's time to accept an unfavorable outcome for this election" with "grace and composure."
"Now losing, especially when you believe the process wasn't fair, it's a gut punch," Ingraham said. "And I'm not conceding anything tonight, by the way. But losing, if that's what happens – it's awful. But President Trump's legacy will only become more significant if he focuses on moving the country forward."