Fox News retracts anti-Trump hit piece

 July 8, 2023

It would appear that Fox News just removed from its website an unsubstantiated hit piece targeting former President Donald Trump. 

The article was titled, Former Trump Cabinet member tells him to "kiss" his "butt." And, the subheading read, "Trump's former HHS secretary bashes ex-president for his 'narcissism.'"

The individual referred to in the title is former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.


The reader may not remember Price because he was fired by Trump during the early days of Trump's presidency.

At the time - September 19, 2017 - Politico's Dan Diamond and Rachana Pradhan reported:

In a sharp departure from his predecessors, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price last week took private jets on five separate flights for official business, at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars more than commercial travel.

Within two weeks of Politico's report, Price was fired by Trump.

This sets up Fox's anti-Trump hit. After all, if you want to write such a hit piece, what better source is there than a disgruntled former employee?

Fox's fake news

The article itself can no longer be found now that Fox News has retracted it. But, screenshots, which include the title, subheading, and first three paragraphs, have been posted by Diamond.

The first paragraph reads, "EXCLUSIVE: Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told Fox News Digital there’s 'no way' he will support former President Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential bid."

The piece continues:

When asked whether he will endorse Trump, Price said, “After he fired me? No way.” “The only thing that guy has more of than fake tan is narcissism,” Price said in an emailed statement to Fox New Digital. “He can kiss my big medical butt.”

The problem:

It turns out that, contrary to what Fox wrote, Price was not the source of the article.

Diamond reports:

A source close to Price said he: (1) never heard from Fox News on this matter (2) did not write an email to Fox News on this matter (3) this is not Price's quote.

Fox retracted the article. Now, one is taken to a page that reads, "Correction: Editor's note: This article inaccurately attributed a quote to former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and has been retracted." 

It does not appear at the time of this writing that Trump has commented upon the situation. But, it is no secret that Fox has joined the anti-Trump bandwagon, and it is also no secret that Trump, in response, has targeted the outlet with harsh criticism.

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