Trump has attacked the conservative channel in recent days, accusing the generally uncritical network of being “fed by Democratic talking points,” with some observers suggesting that his anger may have been caused in part by a series of anti-Trump advertisements to be broadcast on Fox News. this week.
The split between the president and the news channel was revealed in a tweets chain from Trump on Sunday evening. Trump has sometimes criticized Fox News in recent months, but this attack has gone further, because Trump has said he wants “an alternative now.”
” [Fox News] just don’t understand what’s going on! They are fed by Democratic talking points, and they play them without hesitation or research, ”he tweeted.
“They forgot that Fake News @CNN & MSDNC [a term Trump has used for MSNBC] wouldn’t let @FoxNews participate, even a little, in the Democrats’ bad votes. “
Trump President Continued Criticism By Attacking Leading Fox News Figures, Including Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, before concluding: “The people watching @FoxNews, in record numbers (thank you President Trump), are angry. They want an alternative now. Me too! “
Trump did not give a specific reason for his upset, but it could be related to a critical announcement from a group of anti-Trump Republicans are running on Fox News this week. Republicans for the rule of law, a group opposed to the president, paid for an ad during Fox & Friends – one of Trump’s favorite shows – that highlights his response to the coronavirus.
“50,000 people are dead,” reads the upper case text at the beginning of the announcement.
“He is our president. “
The announcement then returns to Trump dreaming of the potential of a “very powerful light” to cure coronaviruses. The announcement ends with the words “Unfit, sick, unacceptable” appearing on the screen.
Despite Trump’s objections and insults, Fox News remained largely supportive of his administration and performance during the coronavirus epidemic.
After Trump suggested the possibility of injecting coronavirus patients with a disinfectant, the Fox News website billed the critics that followed as a question of “crooked words.” Hosts Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity praised Trump’s performance, the latter suggesting, “New York would have died without the help of Donald Trump. “
The Trump-Fox divide comes as the profile of One America News Network (OANN), a medium that has repeatedly pushed conspiracy theories and is considered to be even more right than Fox News, continues to rise. In early April, then White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham personally invited an OANN reporter for a coronavirus briefing. The same reporter was called on several occasions by Trump to ask questions – often questions that prompt Trump to praise his own performance – during briefings.
On Monday, it was reported that Fox News had also cut ties with Diamond and Silk, two outspoken Trump supporters who peddled coronavirus misinformation. The start of the influential pair, whose loyalty has won repeated praise from Trump, probably didn’t please the president.
If the Trump-Fox News flaw turns out to be permanent, it could have a substantial impact on Trump’s public statements, since he has been repeatedly guided by Fox News on his reactions to crises and policies. As recently as mid-April, Trump tweeted Anti-stay protesters support messages just two minutes after Fox News aired a favorable segment on the protests.