President Joe Biden believes that Fox News is “one of the most destructive forces in the United States,” according to an upcoming book by a pair of New York Times reporters.
Reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, who also work as political analysts on CNN, are the authors of “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future” set to be released in May. In the book, Martin and Burns report that Biden has a hypercritical view of Fox News and Fox Corporation founder Rupert Murdoch, according to CNN.
Murdoch, Biden told an associate last year according to the book, is “the most dangerous man in the world.”
Biden has not spoken directly about his feelings about Fox News or Murdoch publicly, according to CNN. The outlet reported:
The book describes Fox as a “torrent of anti-Biden programming, stoking skepticism about vaccines and disseminating wild conspiracy theories about the January 6 attack.”
Many Biden allies have denounced Fox for those reasons and have blamed Rupert Murdoch and his son Lachlan, the company’s CEO, for enabling hosts like Tucker Carlson.
But Biden has never spoken about either Murdoch in public, according to the Factba.se database of the president’s speeches, interviews, tweets and other public statements. So the comment in “This Will Not Pass” may make waves.
Last month, Politico reported other snippets from the upcoming book, revealing turbulent moments in Biden’s relationship with his vice president, Kamala Harris. Early in the Biden administration, Harris complained about her assignments putting her in impossible situations, according to the book. As Politico reported:
Harris allies complained throughout the first year of the administration that she was handed an impossible portfolio. According to the book, KATE BEDINGFIELD, Biden’s comms director, not only grew tired of the criticism that the White House was mismanaging Harris — she blamed the VP.
“In private, Bedingfield had taken to noting that the vice presidency was not the first time in Harris’s political career that she had fallen short of sky-high expectations: Her Senate office had been messy and her presidential campaign had been a fiasco. Perhaps, she suggested, the problem was not the vice president’s staff,” Martin and Burns write.
“The fact that no one working on this book bothered to call to fact check this unattributed claim tells you what you need to know,” Bedingfield responded in an email Monday night. “Vice President Harris is a force in this administration and I have the utmost respect for the work she does every day to move the country forward.”
In another snippet, Biden’s wife, Jill, is said to have lobbied against Biden picking Harris as his vice president during the 2020 campaign.
“Speaking in confidence with a close adviser to her husband’s campaign, the future First lady posed a pointed question,” the book says. “There are millions of people in the United States, she began. Why, she asked, do we have to choose the one who attacked Joe?”
Jill Biden’s spokesman, Michael Larosa, responded to the excerpt with a statement saying the first lady was not going to respond.
“Many books will be written on the 2020 campaign, with countless retellings of events — some accurate, some inaccurate. The First Lady and her team do not plan to comment on any of them,” Larosa told Politico.
Fox News did not immediately respond to The Daily Wire’s request for comment.