Fox News is gleefully egging on Donald Trump's bullying of CNN

Instead of discouraging Trump's violent imagery, they want viewers to top him by coming up with a better nickname

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published July 3, 2017 1:29PM (EDT)

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(Getty/Stan Honda)

Shortly before President Donald Trump issued an infamous tweet with a video in which he physically pummeled a wrestler with a CNN logo on his head, "Fox & Friends" thought it would be funny to hold a contest in which viewers get to come up with disparaging nicknames for the network.

First they cited a tweet that Trump had at that time pinned to the top of his Twitter account.

"If we thought he was gonna back down, he's certainly not, he is doubling down on calling them a fraud!" exclaimed "Fox & Friends" co-host Pete Hegseth.

"Well, who's he gonna use for fake then? Is he gonna use that for MSNBC now?" asked "Fox & Friends" co-host Clayton Morris.

"That and the failing New York Times!" said Hegseth. He went on to argue that CNN is "so bad that it's the Fraud News Network. Think about why he would say that! You've got the video that comes out, the reporting that was proven to be wrong, and the three reporters that were fired. And day in and day out that they have to walk back from things."

Hegseth concluded by predicting that CNN's reporting on Russia would also be discredited.

"I mean, CNN used to be the breaking news place, right?" asked "Fox & Friends" co-host Abby Huntsman. "That's how I remembered it growing up. It's really taken a turn over this past year and I think people realize that, that when you turn that on, you know exactly what you're gonna get."

She added, "And it's gonna be very much anti-Trump, everything that he's doing wrong."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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