Rupert Murdoch on Donald Trump: “The past is the past, and the country is now in a contest to define the future.”

From CNN’s Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy:

“I am pleased to report that the new News Corp‘s eighth year has been our most profitable yet,” Rupert Murdoch said at his publishing company’s annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday.

At the outset, Murdoch promised to “increase audiences and enhance profitability,” but it was something he said a little bit later that soaked up all the press attention.

After castigating “Big Digital,” he took a sudden turn toward American politics, going out of his way to throw an elbow at Fox’s favorite former president.

“The current American political debate is profound, whether about education or welfare or economic opportunity,” Murdoch said. “It is crucial that conservatives play an active, forceful role in that debate, but that will not happen if President Trump stays focused on the past. The past is the past, and the country is now in a contest to define the future.”

Then Murdoch turned back to the purpose of the stockholder event — “We are fashioning our future, expanding our reach and revenue…”

And the rest of us were left to read the tea leaves.

Maggie Haberman, naturally, was the first to report on Murdoch’s message. She pointed out that the 90-year-old mogul has rarely “spoken publicly about Trump.”Murdoch’s disdain for the man has been copiously documented, but the mutually beneficial nature of the relationship papered over most of that, at least during Trump’s presidency.

Murdoch is now saying he cares about movement over man. But his massive Fox News machine does not reflect that. Should it? Will it?…

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