Donald Trump’s post-election war against Fox News is only escalating.
The president declared Fox News “dead” on Wednesday, saying the network “played right into the hands of the Radical Left” with a series of decisions that betrayed its conservative audience, as Just The News reported.
Trump: Fox News is dead
Writing in a tweet, Trump said Wednesday that Fox News had destroyed itself by pandering to liberals, most of whom already regard Fox with disdain as Trump-friendly “state media.”
“Can’t believe how badly @FoxNews is doing in the ratings. They played right into the hands of the Radical Left Democrats, [and] now are floating in limboland,” Trump wrote. “Hiring fired [former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile], and far worse, allowing endless negative and unedited commercials. @FoxNews is dead. Really Sad!”
Trump has complained intermittently about Fox throughout his presidency, often saying the network has lost touch with its viewers by becoming too “politically correct.” The president has also maintained contentious relationships with some of the network’s journalists from its hard news division, such as noted Trump critic Chris Wallace, according to Just The News.
Tensions boiled before the election when Trump and Wallace clashed over his moderation of the presidential debate in September, with Trump and his base accusing Wallace of showing bias against the president.
But Trump and many of his supporters have been especially incensed over the network’s decision to call Arizona for Joe Biden on election night.
Making Fox pay?
In the wake of these missteps, Trump’s supporters have taken to blasting the network with derisive chants, and the president has encouraged his supporters to change the channel to “boring” football or Newsmax, a smaller conservative outfit that has seen its ratings increase since the election.
Trump has welcomed signs of Newsmax’s success both publicly and in private, with Axios reporting that he mentioned out of the blue in a recent conversation that Newsmax host Greg Kelly briefly surpassed Fox’s Martha MacCallum in the ratings in the coveted 25-to-54 demographic.
Fox News is nevertheless maintaining its position as the king of cable news, marking the highest primetime and total day ratings last week, according to Just The News.
The network reportedly had 2.8 million primetime viewers last week, marking a 2.8% increase.
Still, Axios reports that Trump has privately vowed to make Fox News “pay” while rebuffing offers from the network to make amends.