Donald Trump and Fox News had put their differences aside.
But that truce is out the window.
Donald Trump was left speechless when he saw who Fox News banned.
Rudy Giuliani did not appear on Fox News Channel’s 20thanniversary coverage of the 9/11 terror attacks.
There was a reason for that.
The highest levels of Fox News – likely founder Rupert Murdoch and his son, network President Lachlan Murdoch – banned Giuliani from appearing on the channel.
Fox executives also banned Giuliani’s son Andrew – who is running against pro-Trump Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin – from bookings on Fox News Channel.
POLITICO Playbook reports:
RUDY GIULIANI has been banned from Fox News for almost three months. As if the sting of that weren’t painful enough, the “9/11 mayor” learned of his banishment … on the eve of Sept. 11.
Giuliani was slated to appear on “Fox & Friends” to mark the 20th anniversary of the attack. But the night before, host PETE HEGSETH called Giuliani to say he’d been cut from the show and apologize.
The ban extends not just to GIULIANI, but also to his son ANDREW, who has not been on Fox News since he launched his campaign for governor of New York in May despite many requests to go on the network. His team has been frustrated that rival GOP gubernatorial candidate Rep. LEE ZELDIN is a frequent guest.
But bookers have told both Giulianis the ban comes from the top, sources said. The former New York City mayor had been a fixture on the network.
Dominion Voting Systems filed billion-dollar lawsuits against both Fox News and Giuliani over claims Dominion machines altered vote counts in the 2020 election.
Fox later retracted any claims that Dominion machines switched votes to Joe Biden, but Giuliani has not.
This lawsuit appears to be the driving force behind Giuliani’s ban.
Giuliani is Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, and Fox executives likely fear that if Giuliani appears on Fox’s air, hosts will ask Giuliani about Trump’s claims the 2020 election was rigged or that Giuliani will freelance and defend himself against the Dominion lawsuit and make further claims about the voting machines.
After the election, Donald Trump criticized Fox News after Fox called Joe Biden’s win in November.
Fox then lost a chunk of their audience and fell to third place in the ratings.
Donald Trump eventually cooled his feud with Fox News and appeared on hosts like Sean Hannity and Maria Bartiromo’s programs.
The audience eventually returned, but Fox News risks another blow-up with Trump – that could cause a segment of the Trump base to abandon Fox again – by banning Giuliani.
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