President Trump took his complaints about Fox News, his biggest bastion of support on television, to a new level on Wednesday, claiming that the network “isn’t working for us anymore.”
His tweets made explicit Trump’s long-held belief that Fox belongs to him and his supporters. Despite daily cheerleading from “Fox & Friends” in the morning all the way until “The Ingraham Angle” at night, Trump suggests that the network is not sufficiently loyal to him.
“We have to start looking for a new News Outlet,” he tweeted on Wednesday, inadvertently lending credence to critics’ claims that Fox is akin to state-run TV.
In the past Trump has promoted a much smaller conservative channel, OANN, which has positioned itself as a friendlier network to Trump.
He didn’t mention OANN on Wednesday, but he seemed to be working the refs by slamming Fox for interviewing a Democratic party spokeswoman.
The network had a White House spokesman on the air just a few minutes later — but evidently that’s not good enough for Trump.
The president has lodged complaints about Fox more than a dozen times this year, oftentimes when he sees Democratic candidates and analysts on the air.
His tweets appear to be an intensifying pressure campaign to keep the network “in line,” so to speak.