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Tara Lachapelle

Fox News Follows the Money Away From Trump

Distancing from the former president may hurt ratings for a while, but it will safeguard profits over the long term.

Trump may no longer fit a "center-right" Fox News.

Trump may no longer fit a "center-right" Fox News.

Photographer: Mary Altaffer/AP

Fox News, calling itself a “center-right” network, is distancing from Donald Trump and effectively reminding investors that its political coverage and on-air roster are more profit strategy than ethos and will be adapted when needed.

The network caters to an audience that is “firmly center-right, and we don’t pivot or change that,” CEO Lachlan Murdoch said on Fox Corp.’s earnings call Tuesday. “We don’t need to go further right, we don’t believe America is further right. And we’re obviously not going to pivot left.”