An oft-repeated criticism from President Donald Trump is that the "fake news media" is out to get him by accurately reporting his actions and questioning his statements.
He claims that the media works on behalf of the Democratic party.
Yet in a recent Twitter tirade against the conservative network Fox News, Trump said the quiet part out loud. That propaganda partisanship is only permissible if it benefits him.
He criticized Fox News for not doing enough to get him reelected.
He proceeded to list a litany of Fox employees he believes aren't loyal enough.
The tweets came after Fox News host Neil Cavuto warned that hydroxychloroquine—an anti-malarial drug frequently lauded by Trump as a potential cure for the virus—was potentially deadly and "would kill you."
Trump's own Federal Drug Administration warns that hydroxychloroquine should only be taken in a hospital setting under the supervision of a physician.
Trump's tirade against Fox News for not being biased enough quickly backfired.
Saying the quiet part out loud now. It's not the job of @foxnews to get him re-elected. https://t.co/wAk5KFOvz2— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss)1590086156.0
Notice: the idea that Fox should work for him -- that Fox is official state propaganda -- is not treated here as so… https://t.co/7MZXEU94h4— David Roberts (@David Roberts)1590088096.0
"Fox News is doing nothing to help me get re-elected" is an amazing complaint for a president to level at a news ne… https://t.co/RLRllf9dVd— Andrew Egger (@Andrew Egger)1590086056.0
President suggests purpose of *news* organization is to get him and his party re-elected. https://t.co/AKVy8Hiqy7— Paul Farhi (@Paul Farhi)1590085958.0
The President's reaction also illustrated just how sensitive he is to the slightest bit of criticism.
After all, Fox News is anything but anti-Trump.
Someone on Fox News mildly rebukes Trump once every other hour or so and even that is enough to send him into a tai… https://t.co/mYiVUT4Wo9— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1590086216.0
If you think Fox is "pro-Trump", then you don't watch enough of it to know what you're talking about. Fox wants DN… https://t.co/eQiEvXRrqk— Rich "The People's Pundit" Baris (@Rich "The People's Pundit" Baris)1590087443.0
"Fox isn't helping me win" is quite the take. https://t.co/KPLYcjb6Ns— Noam Blum 🦉 (@Noam Blum 🦉)1590086566.0
fair and balanced but still not working hard enough to get me elected https://t.co/iZCK0mB5DE— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall)1590090379.0
It's long been obvious that Fox News seeks to help more Republicans win elections, but it's new to hear the President openly admit it.
For a deeper look into Fox News's alliance with the Republican party, check out Foxocracy, available here.