Say what you want about President Trump, but he’s not afraid to give his honest opinion, a refreshing quality in a politician.
Yesterday, Trump took to Twitter to criticize Fox News.
See what the President had to say here:
Trump's tweet specifically called out three individuals that are part of the news network. Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, contributor Donna Brazile, and anchor Chris Walace were all mentioned.
As to why Fox News maintains a relationship with Donna Brazile, it's certainly a good question the President brings up. You'll recall that Brazile was forced to resign from CNN in 2016 for colluding with the Clinton campaign. She fed Democrat debate questions to Clinton's aides in an effort to give Hillary an edge over Bernie for the debate.
Is that really the kind of individual you want contributing to your news network? Trump is right to question the network's relationship with Brazile.
Here's more details on the President's commentary from Business Insider:
The familiar targets of CNN and MSNBC — or "MSDNC," as he put it — were the focus of his invective, but the president also attacked Fox News, the conservative network he has veered between lavishing praise on and accusing of showing insufficient loyalty.
"[email protected] just doesn't get what's happening! They are being fed Democrat talking points, and they play them without hesitation or research. They forgot that Fake News @CNN & MSDNC wouldn't let @FoxNews participate, even a little bit, in the poor ratings Democrat Debates," the president tweeted.
"Even the Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats laughed at the Fox suggestion. No respect for the people running @FoxNews. But Fox keeps on plugging to try and become politically correct. They put RINO Paul Ryan on their Board. They hire 'debate questions to Crooked Hillary' fraud @donnabrazile (and others who are even worse)."
"RINO" is a pejorative term used by some conservatives that stands for "Republican in name only."
The Fox News host Chris Wallace "is nastier to Republicans than even Deface the Nation or Sleepy Eyes," the president tweeted, using the names he calls the CBS News show "Face the Nation" and the NBC News anchor Chuck Todd.
"The people who are watching @FoxNews, in record numbers (thank you President Trump), are angry," he added. "They want an alternative now. So do I!"
Trump has touted One America News Network as an alternative to Fox News and has given a media personality and conspiracy theorist who works there preferential treatment at White House briefings. The tiny network, which regularly promotes far-right conspiracy theories, is not considered a serious rival to the ratings-topping Fox News.
It was unclear what exactly provoked Trump's ire at the network over the weekend. But it might have had something to do with a report that a group of anti-Trump Republicans would air an ad this week during "Fox & Friends," the president's favorite morning show.
As for Chris Wallace, remember that during the presidential debate between Trump and Clinton hosted by Fox News, Wallace brought up the subject of sexual harassment allegations against Trump. In his questioning, Wallace almost insinuated that at least some of the women probably weren't lying.
During that debate, Wallace also told Trump that "several things" he said during the previous debate weren't true. "Moderators" are supposed to moderate, not fact-check in real time. It's no wonder Trump has a rocky relationship with Wallace.
Last year, Wallace also blatantly attacked the President in a speech and said that he was "assaulting" the American media.
President Trump doesn't assault the media. He simply defends himself when he faces unfair or untrue coverage.
See Wallace's "critique" of the President below:
Here's what is circulating on Twitter about the President's tweet:
That brings us to Paul Ryan. Even when Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee, Ryan withheld his endorsement. When questioned by Jake Tapper of CNN, Ryan said that Trump had to first "unify" the Republican party, which is ridiculous when you consider that Trump had already basically won the Republican nomination.
You can see the interview between Tapper and Ryan right here:
Fox News isn't the only news organization President Trump has criticized recently. He also tweeted the following in response to a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week:
The President is busy fighting the COVID pandemic day in and day out. He simply wants to be covered by the media fairly.
At this point, we know CNN, "MSNDC," and the rest of the like won't do that.
Hopefully Fox News doesn't fall into the trap of dishonestly covering the President for a few ratings.