2020-07-13 19:26:21 UTC
contributors are a disaster' after warning media will get 'no ratings' if Joe
Biden takes the White House
*Trump tweeted that it was 'so hard' to watch Fox News anymore
*He wrote that their on-air contributors 'are a disaster'
*Separately he pinned a tweet of Fox commentator Jesse Watters praising his
decision to gland clemency to Roger Stone
*He also retweeted a favorable clip from host Jeanine Pirro interviewing
loyalist Rep. Matt Gaetz
*He also commented on an clip from his aide meant to make Joe Biden look
*'With no ratings, media will go down along with our great USA!'
President Donald Trump continued his attacks on Fox News Monday, saying it has
become 'so hard' to watch the network and blasting its on-air commentators.
Trump tweeted about the network Monday after a weekend when he golfed Saturday
and Sunday, but still found time to retweet clips from Fox Business Network
commentators Maria Bartiromo and Lou Dobbs.
'So hard to watch @FoxNews anymore. They are working so hard against the people
(viewers) that got them there,' Trump wrote.
'Their contributors are a disaster, and all over the place. The Radical Left has
scared Fox into submission, just like they have so many others. Sad, but we will
WIN!' he added.
Ratings, a fixation of Trump's before he captured the White House, were featured
in another media related tweet the president fired off Monday.
He retweeted a clip from White House official Dan Scavino, an assistant to the
president and deputy chief of staff for communications. The clip of a Biden
speech is in black and white, with old fashioned piano music in the background
and edited to look like it was played on an antiquated film projector.
'Is this what you want for your President??? With no ratings, media will go down
along with our great USA!' Trump wrote of Biden, 77. Trump is 74.Trump has spent
days inveighing against 'cancel culture' and defending attempts to take down
monuments or rename institutions.
He has also gone after the network over polling, after it reported on public
polls that have him down an average of 9 points behind Democratic former Vice
President Joe Biden.
He also has repeatedly sought to pump up conservative outlets seeking to
position themselves as a Fox alternative such as One America News Network, whose
ratings pale in comparison to the cable giant with a stable of conservative
Trump's ire at the network is at odds with some of his other posts, including a
pinned tweet where Fox co-host Jesse Waters defends his controversial pardon of
Roger Stone, who was convicted of witness tampering and lying to Congress.
In the segment Waters brings up other controversial pardons, including the Nixon
pardon, President Andrew Johnson's pardon of confederate generals, and Bill
Clinton's Marc Rich pardon.
Trump also retweeted a favorable clip of Fox News host Jeanine Pirro
interviewing Trump ultra-loyalist Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida.
It was unclear what segment on the network had prompted Trump to air his dislike
On July 5, fresh from two speeches which were aired live Trump went ater the
network for reporting on polls showing him trailing rival Joe Biden and facing
tough challenges in swing states.
The president accused the network of running 'suppression polls' meant to
drive down turnout by publishing reports that showed him behind, without
providing further evidence.
The network had reported on polls showing Trump trailing Democrat Joe Biden by 9
percentage points in a respected polling average.
Fox's nonpartisan polling unit also released a series of polls giving Biden the
edge in critical swing states including some that Trump carried in 2016.
The polls had Biden leading Trump in Texas, Georgia, and Florida with Biden
holding a whopping 8 point lead in the Sunshine state, with a 49-40.
Trump moved his legal residence from New York to Florida, and regularly visits
his Mar-a-Lago club there.
Fox 'gladly puts up the phony suppression polls as soon as they come out,' Trump
tweeted. 'We are leading in the REAL polls because people are sick & tired of
watching the Democrat run cities, in all cases, falling apart. Also, now 96%
Approval Rating in the Republican Party. Another 2016!'
Trump regularly touts his GOP approval rating without citing the source.
Trump fired off another tweet where he tagged Fox and wrote that its 'weekend
afternoons is the worst! Getting into @CNN and MSDNC territory,' Trump said,
insulting rival networks CNN and MSNBC.
Then he put in a plug for One America News Network and the conservative Newsmax
network, urging people to watch them 'instead.'
'Much better!' Trump wrote.
One recent Fox story that appeared online noted Trump's lead over Biden in
Karl Rove, a former top George W. Bush advisor and Fox contributor, said on the
network's air: 'In some states, it is close and within the margin of error. But,
lets be honest about it, the president is behind today. All the national polls
suggest he is behind.'
A June 26 story on Fox was headlined: 'Trump in Trouble?'
Trump's most outspoken attack came in May when afternoon anchor Neil Cavuto
warned viewers that hydroxychloroquine 'will kill you' after Trump boasted that
he has been taking it to 'prevent' coronavirus.
Trump raged 'we miss the great Roger Ailes,' the Fox News founder who left the
network in disgrace as massive payouts for sexual harassment by him and Bill
O'Reilly, the network's one-time biggest star, were revealed.