Though once a self-proclaimed fan of Fox News, former President Donald Trump over the weekend went nuclear over what he views as a distinctly left-leaning trend at the network and offered cable news rival CNN his assistance with turning “conservative” so as to become what he suggested could be a “gold mine,” as The Hill reports.
Taking to his Truth Social platform Sunday, Trump lamented the approach he has observed of late from his once-favored news source, writing, “Wow! Fox News is really pushing the Democrats and the Democrat agenda.”
“Gets worse every single day,” he added with regard to Fox News, opining, “So many Dems interviewed with only softball questions, then Republican counterparts get creamed.”
Trump took specific aim at former George W. Bush adviser and frequent Fox News contributor Karl Rove, calling him a “RINO” and adding that he is “unwatchable, very negative, and on all the time – has a big record of losing!”
The former commander in chief also weighed in on embattled cable news giant CNN, which has initiated a series of shake-ups recently that have impacted multiple high-profile on-air personalities.
“If ‘low ratings” CNN ever went Conservative,” Trump declared, “they would be an absolute gold mine, and I would help them do so.”
Trump’s comments come on the heels of the noteworthy departures of longtime CNN media critic Brian Stelter, whose show Reliable Sources was axed last month, and that of liberal White House correspondent John Harwood – known for his frequent, unrestrained critiques of Republicans.
Those two exits are the latest to occur during the tenure of CNN chief Chris Licht, who took the helm earlier this year in the wake of the forced resignation of his predecessor, Jeff Zucker, which CNBC reported at the time.
It is widely assumed that Licht is pursuing a strategy designed to shift CNN away from the indisputably left-wing trajectory it assumed during the Trump administration, but whether other polarizing personalities such as Don Lemon and Jim Acosta will be next up on the chopping block – moves the former president would surely endorse – only time will tell.