Fox News and Donald Trump used to be bosom buddies, but it appears that those days are long gone. Trump turned to Twitter on Sunday to call out Fox News calling it “worse” than the “fake news of CNN.”
Trump griped in a series of tweets over the weekend that Fox News has forgotten the people “who got them there.” He also complained that the network’s sources were Democrats and the New York Times.
“Watching @FoxNews weekend anchors is worse than watching low ratings Fake News @CNN, or Lyin’ Brian Williams (remember when he totally fabricated a War Story trying to make himself into a hero, & got fired. A very dishonest journalist!) and the crew of degenerate……”
Then he added:
“Comcast (NBC/MSNBC) Trump haters, who do whatever Brian & Steve tell them to do. Like CNN, NBC is also way down in the ratings. But @FoxNews, who failed in getting the very BORING Dem debates, is now loading up with Democrats & even using Fake unsourced @nytimes as…”
Trump then wrapped up his tirade with:
“…a “source” of information (ask the Times what they paid for the Boston Globe, & what they sold it for (lost 1.5 Billion Dollars), or their old headquarters building disaster, or their unfunded liability? @FoxNews is changing fast, but they forgot the people who got them there!”
Trump has long been known to prefer Fox News over other news outlets. Over the years he has granted the network many interviews. Lately, however it’ pretty clear that the “mediamance” is over.
“Something weird is going on at Fox,” Trump tweeted just last month after the networks latest polls show Trump falling behind his 2020 rivals.
In May, Trump criticized Fox News for giving airtime to Democratic candidates.
“Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems,” he wrote at the time.
Trump still has a good working relationship with some of Fox News’ hosts, especially Sean Hannity, who joined Trump onstage at a campaign event just last year after clearly stating that he was only there to cover the event.
“By the way, all those people in the back are fake news,” Hannity said at the campaign event, using Trump’s favorite phrase as he gestured to an area where the media was gathered.
In a tweet that he would later delete, Hannity wrote that he was not referring to anyone who worked for Fox News.
Trump has taken aim at Fox’s weekend show hosts in the past. He has grown increasingly discontent with Fox News as the network devotes time to town halls with 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. Trump believes the media outlet should only devote its time to Republicans.
No doubt part of Trump’s rage comes from an unplanned attack on him that took place on Fox News on Sunday. During a live broadcast from France about the US women’s soccer team winning the Women’s World Cup the crowd at the event began loudly chanting “[email protected]#k Trump” behind Fox correspondent Greg Palkot.