Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch Avoids Trump Attacks at Annual Meeting

Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch
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Rupert Murdoch (left) and Lachlan Murdoch

Murdoch avoided discussion of President Trump and President-elect Joe Biden, but praised "live news, analysis, and clear and strong opinion" at Fox News.

If you follow President Donald Trump on Twitter, Thursday morning marked a renewed broadside against Fox News Channel.

Trump used his Twitter feed to rail against Fox News, claiming that its dayside ratings "collapsed" (they have not): "Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there," Trump tweeted. "They forgot the Golden Goose." He also retweeted random users of the service criticizing Fox.

If you were at the Fox Studio Lot in Los Angeles, however, you could be forgiven for being unaware of the attacks.

That is where Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch held court at the company's annual shareholder meeting, which was held in-person on the lot. The names Biden and Trump were not mentioned in Murdoch's 15-minute introductory statement, though he did praise Fox employees and Fox News, which he said had a record-breaking year thanks to its "live news, analysis, and clear and strong opinion."

"Our journalistic excellence saw viewers across the country and across the political spectrum turn to us" for coverage of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 election, Murdoch added.

The only politician mentioned at the annual meeting was a former one: Ex-House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Fox board member who joined Murdoch onstage at the meeting. Lachlan's father, Rupert Murdoch, chose to attend remotely via phone.

According to the invitation, all in-person attendees were mandated to wear a face covering and stay at least 6 feet from other attendees, with seats blocked out to maintain a social distance. Fox also required a health screening for all shareholders attending, including a questionnaire and temperature check.