The Fox News Channel was once seen as a safe harbor for conservatives, and President Donald Trump personally, amid a sea of often left-leaning cable news options.
During interviews with two top right-wing radio personalities this week, however, the president expressed his displeasure with its perceived shift to the left, as reported by Breitbart.
“A whole different ball game”
Trump appeared on-air for appearances with Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin on Friday.
The former was dubbed a “Mega MAGA” rally during which Limbaugh and the president spoke for nearly two hours about a range of issues — including the first presidential debate and its host, Fox News Channel anchor Chris Wallace.
“And, by the way, Fox is a whole different ball game,” Trump said. “You know, Fox is a much different thing than it was four years ago.”
He went on to acknowledge that “we have our great ones,” including Sean Hannity, who remain friendly media personalities. Nevertheless, he pointed to the addition of former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to the Fox News Channel board as evidence of his general assessment.
“Somebody said what’s the biggest difference?” he said. “I said the biggest difference is Fox.”
“Going the way of CNN”
Later in the same appearance, he reacted to an exchange about the size of Limbaugh’s audience by noting that he could “tell them about Fox being an obstacle” and “a problem” for him politically.
“They’re going the way of CNN,” Trump continued. “And they’re going the way of MSNBC, and it’s a shame. I mean, it’s a shame. When I watch it, I look at the people they hire. I mean, I could tell you some of the anchors, they’re so bad. They’re so bad. And at the same time, Fox & Friends is terrific in the morning, you know, they’re good.”
The president has similarly slammed the network in previous statements, including a July tweet in which he accused the network of forgetting “who got them where they are.”
He echoed many of the same complaints later in the day when he appeared on Levin’s radio show. The host, who also has a weekend program on Fox News, joked that he might be getting some calls from network executives after his guest’s on-air diatribe.
Trump responded with the cavalier attitude many of his supporters have come to expect: “I say it on Fox. I don’t care. What difference does it make at this point?”