Donald Trump has made no secret of his affinity for Fox News stalwarts like Sean Hannity and the “Fox & Friends” morning show. But according to his tweets from Wednesday morning, the network has fallen out of favor with POTUS.
Trump accused the cable news network of “heavily promoting the Democrats” and criticized the hiring of pundits like former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile.
He also suggested that Fox News was turning its back on conservatives — “letting millions of GREAT people down,” he charged — who would need a “new news outlet” to suit their interests.
....are all in for the Open Border Socialists (or beyond). Fox hires “give Hillary the questions” @donnabrazile, Juan Williams and low ratings Shep Smith. HOPELESS & CLUELESS! They should go all the way LEFT and I will still find a way to Win - That’s what I do, Win. Too Bad!....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019
....I don’t want to Win for myself, I only want to Win for the people. The New @FoxNews is letting millions of GREAT people down! We have to start looking for a new News Outlet. Fox isn’t working for us anymore!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019
“Fox isn’t working for us anymore!” Trump tweeted.
While the Fox News personalities he name-checked — Brazile, recent target Juan Williams, and Shep Smith — have yet to publicly address Trump’s claims, their colleague Brit Hume has. The Fox News analyst fired back that the network “isn’t supposed to work for you.”
Fox News isn’t supposed to work for you. https://t.co/kQDY4UKv8z— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 28, 2019
Hume’s tweet riled up critics on both sides of the political aisle, with liberals mocking him for defending the network against charges of political bias, while Trump supporters argued that Fox should do more to challenge Democrats and back the president.
and yet it does!— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 28, 2019
funny how 'isn't supposed to' isn't the same as 'doesn't'.— Dennis Herring (@dcherring) August 28, 2019
Yeah, you just defend 99.9% of the things he does without question.— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) August 28, 2019
He expects FoxNews to be “fair, balanced and unafraid”...— GaryTap (@tap_gary) August 28, 2019
And you, Brit, aren't supposed to take things a President says and twist them out of context. You are a MEDIA ELITE and you do not like the average joe to have a voice.@FoxNews has changed 180 degrees and betrayed the user base that made it great.— American🇺🇸Heart (@fairNtrue) August 28, 2019
We all know it.
Hume also responded to a commenter pointing out Trump’s apparent assumption that the “fair and balanced” network is meant to be on his side. The newsman argued that Fox News is “fair” to POTUS, and noted that “some of our opinion hosts support Trump” (though not all do).
Perhaps because, unlike other outlets, we have tried to be fair to him in our news coverage. Best example: we didn’t fall for the Russia conspiracy theory that ended in such a fiasco for other outlets. Plus, some of our opinion hosts support Trump. (Others don’t.) https://t.co/uzALxJEHSN— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 28, 2019
Trump will have at least one reason to keep watching Fox, however: His former White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has just been hired as a political commentator.
Fox News also isn’t the only news network getting grief from Trump. According to The Hollywood Reporter, on Wednesday his lawyer threatened NBCUniversal with a defamation lawsuit in response to MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell’s claim that “Russian oligarchs” had co-signed loans for Trump.
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