Many of us are not familiar with the term shadow banning, and especially when it comes to media. It sounds like blocking a certain individual from appearing in third-party news on a certain platform, like Fox or CNN. What then is shadow banning, and why has Fox, a Donald Trump former ally, choosing to employ it against the former U.S. President?
As per NYMAG, After a slew of Trump-endorsed Republicans lost all key elections during the midterms, the many wings of Rupert Murdoch’s (Fox owner) empire began urging the party move past issues with the former United States president (Trump). Now that dynamic may be escalating in a way that could devastate Trump’s shot at the GOP nomination in 2024.
According to four Trump aides who spoke with Semafor the former president is now facing an unofficial ban at Fox News on shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight, with the network refusing to book him or even talk much about him in the context of the Republican presidential primary. “It’s certainly — however you want to say, quiet ban, soft ban, whatever it is — indicative of how the Murdochs feel about Trump in this particular moment,” said one aide. Another said they’ve heard directly from people at Fox News that the policy exists.