President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to blast Fox News, which is usually supportive of him, saying that the network “isn’t working for us anymore.”
“We have to start looking for a new News Outlet. Fox isn’t working for us anymore!” he tweeted on Wednesday.
His tweets, CNN writes, clearly show that Trump sees Fox News as belonging to him and supporters. They also clear the path for critics to claim that the network resembles a state-run TV.
A Washington Post reporter writes that despite Fox’s attempts to portray itself as merely more “fair and balanced,” it is more than obvious that Trump believes the network exists to further his political agenda and back him. And the outlet points out that this is only one of a number of instances when Trump has attacked Fox, hoping to force a more favorable coverage from them.
But the Post’s Aaron Blake warns that such tweets could be as detrimental to Trump himself as they could be to Fox because the network often rallies “his base.” Lamenting Fox’s coverage and urging supporter to turn to other outlets favorable of him could cost Trump some of his followers.
Senior Fox political analyst Brit Hume responded to the President’s tweet, but saying in a tweet of his own, “Fox News isn’t supposed to work for you.”
The latest attack on Fox seemed to be prompted by the network interviewing a Democratic party spokeswoman. Only minutes later a White House spokesman appeared on Fox, but the President remained dissatisfied nonetheless.
CNN writes that Trump often complains about the network when it features Democratic candidates and analysts. This was also the case on Wednesday when the President said that Fox was “heavily promoting the Democrats” during Sandra Smith’s interview of DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa.
Other news anchors seem to have angered Trump as well. Only last week, President Trump said that “Fox is a lot different than it used to be.” He added that “there’s something going on at Fox, I’ll tell you right now, and I’m not happy about it.”
Spokespeople for Fox declined to comment Wednesday, as they have done after every other attack from Trump. The only exception was Hume.
The President said the networks was “HOPELESS & CLUELESS”, adding, “they should go all the way LEFT and I will still find a way to Win – That’s what I do, Win. Too Bad! I don’t want to Win for myself, I only want to Win for the people. The New @FoxNews is letting millions of GREAT people down!”