Trump Angry at Fox News

Trump Angry at Fox News August 19, 2019

Trump’s symbiotic relationship with Fox News — it’s hard to know if this is practically state-run media or a right-wing media run state sometimes — may be over. He went on an extended rant against the channel, bothered by two liberal contributors (two — out of dozens) to the network and by their recent polls that don’t make things look good for his reelection.

“Fox is a lot different than it used to be, I can tell you that,” Trump said.

“Did Murdoch change the management at Fox? I think they’re making a big mistake because Fox was treated very badly by the Democrats. Very, very badly. Having to do with the debates and other things. I think Fox is making a big mistake because, you know, I’m the one that calls the shots on that — on the really big debates. I guess we’re probably planning on three of them. And I really — well, I’m very — I’m not happy with Fox.”

In sports, we call this working the refs. He’s trying to get more favorable coverage, so much so that he expects them to manipulate the results of their polling to make him look better for the 2020 election. He’s pressuring the network to stop saying anything critical of him, something that comes from only a handful of people there (Shep Smith, Chris Wallace, occasionally Neil Cavuto, Juan Williams). Everyone else at the network would defend Trump if he called for the reinstatement of slavery or wanted rape no longer a crime. But that just isn’t good enough for Trump. He wants only 100% positive coverage. You either support everything he does or your his enemy.

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