Sources told the outlet that Murdoch and top Fox executives are starting to lose faith in DeSantis chances of beating Donald Trump in the GOP primary.
“They are transactional and can smell a loser a mile away,” the source said.
Murdoch is reportedly looking elsewhere for a viable challenger to Trump and has privately expressed a desire for Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) to enter the race, according to the New York Times.
A senior Fox source told Rolling Stone that Murdoch’s “understandable worry is that we may end up stuck with Trump anyway.”
“DeSantis is underperforming. Anybody can see that,” the source added. “They’re seeing it, too.”
DeSantis was seen as Trump’s biggest obstacle to securing the GOP nomination before he entered the race. However, his popularity appears to have already reached its peak and is now trending downwards ever since the glitch-filled launch of his presidential campaign in Twitter spaces with Elon Musk.
Though he remains in second place in the growing primary field, Trump’s lead has grown and the rest of the field is catching up to DeSantis.
In an interview with Fox News last week, DeSantis blamed the media and Mexico’s President Andrés López Obrador for his lagging poll numbers.
“Well, I think if you look at the people like the corporate media, who are they going after, who do they not want to be the nominee? They’re going after me. Who’s the president of Mexico attacking because he knows we’ll be strong on the border and hold him accountable in the cartels? He’s going after me,” DeSantis said.
“So I think if you look at all these people that are responsible for a lot of the ills in our society, they’re targeting me as the person they don’t want to see as the candidate,” he added.