Cavuto Hammers Trump for Criticism of Fox News

Cavuto Hammers Trump for Criticism of Fox News August 30, 2019

Neil Cavuto, one of the few actual journalists who works for Fox News, hammered Trump on his show for his ridiculous criticisms of Fox News as not being loyal and “no longer working for us,” by which he means for him and his followers. Cavuto tried to explain journalism 101 and the concept of a free press.

“But the president making clear to fact-check him is to be all but dead to him and his legion of supporters who let me know in no uncertain terms I am either with him totally or I am a Never-Trumper bully,” the Fox host stated. “There are no grays. No middle grounds. You are either all in or you’re just out. Loyal on everything or not to be trusted on anything.”…

“First of all, Mr. President, we don’t work for you,” Cavuto declared. “I don’t work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you, just cover you. Call balls and strikes. Our job is to keep score, not settle scores.”

The longtime Fox News personality then went on to highlight a number of Trump’s false statements, flip-flops and outright lies, letting Trump know that checking what the president says is part of his job.

“These aren’t fake items,” Cavuto said after listing off a bunch of the president’s most notorious comments. “They are real items and you really said them, just like you never paid to silence a porn star until it turns out you did.”…

“Hard as it is to fathom, Mr. President, just because you’re the leader of the free world it doesn’t entitle you to a free pass,” he concluded. “Unfortunately, just a free press.”

He’s right, of course. Trump thinks if anyone in the press criticizes him, it’s part of a conspiracy against him because he is pure and holy and never says or does anything wrong. So all criticism is betrayal in his mind. But a journalist does not work for politicians, their job is to hold politicians accountable. And when he tells a lie, a real journalist will call it a lie and present the evidence that it’s a lie. Anything other than that is the real betrayal, of the most basic ethical concepts in journalism and of the very nature and purpose of a free press.

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