Fox News personality Jedediah Bila was not pleased when President Donald Trump criticized her colleague, anchor Chris Wallace, over the weekend.
Bila, a weekend co-host of “Fox and Friends,” tweeted at President Trump to “just stop” after the president blasted Wallace in a Sunday tweet, the Washington Examiner reported. Other Fox News colleagues jumped in and defended Wallace.
Fox personality slams Trump: “Just stop”
Lately, President Trump has been on a tear attacking the media’s increasingly hostile coverage of his response to the coronavirus, which included a lengthy, detailed article from the New York Times this weekend claiming that Trump missed warning signs early on.
In a tweetstorm on Easter, the president slammed the Times article and belittled Wallace, who had marveled at the report on his weekend show, asking, “How much did those lost weeks cost us?”
“Just watched Mike Wallace wannabe, Chris Wallace, on @FoxNews. I am now convinced that he is even worse than Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Meet the Press(please!), or the people over at Deface the Nation. What the hell is happening to @FoxNews. It’s a whole new ballgame over there!” Trump tweeted.
Trump’s attack prompted an indignant response from Bila, who incidentally is recovering from the coronavirus. The Fox personality compared Trump’s criticism of Fox News to that of President Barack Obama and admonished the president’s “nonsense.”
“Enough with the 3rd grade name-calling,” Bila tweeted. “The news should not be any president’s friend, ally, or buddy. If it bothered you when Obama complained about Fox News, but you’re silent on this complete nonsense, then just stop. Seriously. Enough.”
Other colleagues of Wallace’s chimed in to defend him, including analyst Brit Hume. “He’s the best Sunday show host of his time, and perhaps of all time,” he tweeted.
Trump goes to war with the media
While praised by some as an old-fashioned straight-shooter, many Trump supporters have criticized Wallace for appearing to stick too closely to mainstream media narratives about the president. Trump has often belittled Wallace by comparing him unfavorably to his father, journalist Mike Wallace. In response, the younger Wallace once joked that Trump has a “daddy problem.”
Although he is known to be a fan of “Fox and Friends” and top primetime hosts like Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, Trump has sometimes expressed frustration with Fox’s coverage. The president complained about the channel’s weekend programming on Saturday, calling it a “waste of time.”
The president’s criticism of Wallace was certainly not the end of his dramatic attacks on the media. At a wild press briefing on Monday night, Trump played a video montage for the White House press corps that showed the liberal media downplaying the coronavirus and touted his own “decisive” action to stop the pandemic.
Trump retweeted clips from Fox later Monday, including a send-up by Carlson of CNN’s widely mocked, dramatic response to the press briefing. CNN’s chyrons screeched, “Angry Trump turns briefing into propaganda session.”