Why did Fox try to take out Trump? My guess: Unsophisticated viewers probably think Rupert Murdoch ordered the hit.

But viewers who are more sophisticated about the news business know it’s more complicated than that:  Murdoch and Roger Ailes, who runs Fox News, don’t always agree. Fox reporters and commentators have independent agendas — they want to protect their own reputations for integrity, and they also want to put on a good show. Many may sincerely dislike Trump, or think his candidacy would be bad for the nation. Virtually the entire Republican establishment wants Trump gone, after all.

Viewers who are really sophisticated about the news business think Murdoch ordered the hit.