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Donald Trump says watching Fox News "is worse than watching low ratings Fake News CNN"

Trump is going after Fox News, saying that it's worse than "low ratings Fake News @CNN"


Matthew Rozsa
July 8, 2019 7:37PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump tore into Fox News, a media outlet with which he is usually on good terms, in a Twitter thread on Sunday afternoon that compared the conservative station to "low ratings Fake News @CNN."

"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 Comcast (NBC/MSNBC) Trump haters, who do whatever Brian & Steve tell them to do. Like CNN, NBC is also way down in the ratings," Trump wrote in a series of tweets.

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He added, "But @FoxNews, who failed in getting the very BORING Dem debates, is now loading up with Democrats & even using Fake unsourced @nytimes as 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!"

The references to "Brian" and "Steve" were presumably targeted at Brian Roberts and Steve Burke, respectively the CEO and executive vice president of Comcast, according to Politico.

Later that evening, Trump also took shots at Fox News for hiring Donna Brazile, former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, to offer commentary on political matters.

"Impossible to believe that @FoxNews has hired @donnabrazile, the person fired by @CNN (after they tried to hide the bad facts, & failed) for giving Crooked Hillary Clinton the questions to a debate, something unimaginable," Trump said in his tweets. "Now she is all over Fox, including Shep Smith, by far their lowest rated show. Watch the @FoxNews weekend daytime anchors, who are terrible, go after her big time. That’s what they want - but it sure is not what the audience wants!"

This isn't the first time that Trump has attacked the cable news network that has been most sympathetic to him. In May, after South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg held a successful town hall event that was hosted by Fox News, Trump denounced the network at one of his political rallies.

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"What’s going on with Fox, by the way? What’s going on there?" Trump told an audience of supporters at Montoursville, Pennsylvania.

He added, "They’re putting more Democrats on than you have Republicans. Something strange is going on at Fox, folks. Something very strange."

The president also rhetorically asked, "Did you see this guy last night? I did want to watch. You always have to watch the competition, if you call it that. And he was knocking the hell out of Fox. And Fox is — somebody's gonna have to explain the whole Fox deal to me."

Earlier that month Trump had also criticized Fox's hosting of Buttigieg in a pair of tweets, saying that he found it "hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him. Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems. They got dumped from the Democrats boring debates, and they just want in. They forgot the people who got them there. Chris Wallace said, 'I actually think, whether you like his opinions or not, that Mayor Pete has a lot of substance...fascinating biography.' Gee, he never speaks well of me - I like Mike Wallace better...and Alfred E. Newman will never be President!"

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Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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