Fox News takes a lot of flak over right leaning bias.
Since President Donald Trump took office, the network has been criticized for being propaganda for the Trump administration and a place Trump supporters can go and receive no pushback on false statements.
While there is evidence of false claims made by Fox News personalities in addition to Trump administration officials, no one at the network claimed to work directly for Trump.
But apparently no one informed Trump that Fox News wasn't state media.
After segments where Fox News shared verified facts that the President didn't like, he attacked the network on Twitter. Trump attacked their poll results and hosts that dared criticize him.
He even made a veiled threat about 2020 presidential debates.
Then on Wednesday, the President posted a rant that included:
"Just watched Fox News heavily promoting the Democrats through their DNC Communications Director, spewing out whatever she wanted with zero pushback by anchor, Sandra Smith."
"The New Fox News is letting millions of GREAT people down! We have to start looking for a new News Outlet."
"Fox isn't working for us anymore!"
Just watched @FoxNews heavily promoting the Democrats through their DNC Communications Director, spewing out whatev… https://t.co/QbMTNutLpr— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1567000676.0
....are all in for the Open Border Socialists (or beyond). Fox hires “give Hillary the questions” @donnabrazile, Ju… https://t.co/qtk5A0kfT5— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1567000676.0
....I don’t want to Win for myself, I only want to Win for the people. The New @FoxNews is letting millions of GREA… https://t.co/UANHkvOoRu— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1567001016.0
But some of the hosts and correspondents at Fox News didn't get the memo that their job was to only say nice things about Trump and only run interviews he liked.
Fox News isn’t supposed to work for you. https://t.co/kQDY4UKv8z— Brit Hume (@Brit Hume)1567001181.0
We don’t work for you. https://t.co/xqcmJJPOqc— Guy Benson (@Guy Benson)1567001310.0
I think this is right. Working the refs. https://t.co/7WLkBtlWQD— Guy Benson (@Guy Benson)1567007664.0
Outside of Fox, others commented on the tiff.
My prediction: Fox News will continue working for Donald Trump just fine.— Dan Rather (@Dan Rather)1567041195.0
President Trump took his complaints about Fox News, his biggest bastion of support on television, to a new level, c… https://t.co/yAp8p7mtdR— CNN (@CNN)1567033269.0
@LoveThePuck He's been seeing other networks behind their back.— Jim Geraghty (@Jim Geraghty)1567003160.0
Don't underestimate how much of a sign of *total meltdown* it is that Trump is urging his 64 million Twitter follow… https://t.co/puhjlq1g4p— Seth Abramson (@Seth Abramson)1567006627.0
I mean, it’s not like they’re a propaganda arm of the Republican Party or anything. Oh wait. https://t.co/db3i1KagTQ— Molly Jong-Fast (@Molly Jong-Fast)1567041263.0
Admitting Fox News has worked for Trump in the past. https://t.co/51uZqmpCQ3— Jennifer Hayden (@Jennifer Hayden)1567002751.0
Fox News spends 365 days a year kissing Donald Trump’s ass. They ran one segment that didn’t and now he is attackin… https://t.co/uVVLQCkH0z— Ryan Knight 🗽 (@Ryan Knight 🗽)1567039222.0
@amandacarpenter It’s odd that he is so upset with them given the fact that they are essentially a job program for… https://t.co/hAZd9N6SVB— Cato the Youngest (@Cato the Youngest)1567002568.0
@Scout_Finch It's amazing how often he says the quiet part out loud.— Joshua Waxman (@Joshua Waxman)1567002970.0
@SethAbramson You know things are looking bad when #TrumpTV pushes back. https://t.co/AtjyWCm7F1— kdino (@kdino)1567012526.0
Trump isn't even trying to disguise the fact that he thinks Fox News should be Trump State TV and broadcast 24/7 MA… https://t.co/eKVZTBrQe0— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1567001509.0
But some made the distinction the President couldn't.
@amandacarpenter @brianstelter Important to note he's trashing "news" not"opinion" programs. Like many Fox viewers… https://t.co/EIutI5Sa5j— Michael Azevedo (@Michael Azevedo)1567008467.0
While some assumed it was the precursor to the launch of Trump TV.
@MatthewRHess @amandacarpenter My thoughts also...Hannity's Fox contract is up in 2021.— Mike Alterici (@Mike Alterici)1567010745.0
Mark my words... Trump will start his own tv network after his loss in 2020 https://t.co/ba167GTXDm— MommaT (@MommaT)1567025248.0
The president's grift is entirely transparent. He is criticizing FOX for being insufficiently Trumpian & telling fo… https://t.co/KlRumwcMMP— Tim Wise (@Tim Wise)1567023623.0
Will Trump TV only broadcast in Russia? Asking for a friend.— Matthew Kick (@Matthew Kick)1567008439.0
Although, considering the success of Trump Steaks, Trump Casinos, Trump University...
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