In the latest sign that President Donald Trump is souring on his once-favored cable news network, he fumed on Twitter this week about the presence of “garbage” journalists filling the Fox News airwaves, the Washington Examiner reported.
The president went on to list anchors and other personalities by name, lamenting that the right-leaning network is no longer “great.”
“Democratic speaking points, and lies”
While plenty of critics have accused Fox News of serving as “state TV” working on the president’s behalf, Trump has asserted recently that its executives and on-air talent are insufficiently supportive of his administration and conservative ideals in general.
Most recently, the president accused the channel of parroting “the worst of the Democrat speaking points, and lies,” and provided a list of the perceived offenders.
“Sure, there are some truly GREAT people on Fox, but you also have some real ‘garbage’ littered all over the place, people like Dummy Juan Williams, Schumerite Chris Hahn, Richard Goodstein, Donna Brazile, Niel [sic] Cavuto, and many more,” he tweeted.
He also expressed displeasure over his belief that the channel he previously praised is now shirking its duty to bolster his re-election bid.
“Many will disagree, but [Fox News] is doing nothing to help Republicans, and me, get re-elected on November 3rd,” the president wrote.
While Trump has frequently decried what he dubs “fake news” about his presidency, Fox News has generally escaped such opprobrium. In recent weeks, however, his criticism of the network has escalated.
“More anti-Trump people, by far”
The posts on Thursday followed a string of tweets and retweets earlier in the week targeting host Neil Cavuto, who cautioned viewers about the possible health risks associated with the experimental coronavirus treatment the president has been taking.
“If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus, or in a worst-case scenario, you are dealing with the virus, and you are in this vulnerable population, it will kill you,” the host said of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, according to The Washington Post.
Trump responded a short time later with a tweet bemoaning the channel’s current status, declaring that he was in search of a “new outlet” because Fox News has “more anti-Trump people, by far, than ever before.”
As Election Day draws near, many Trump supporters view CNN and MSNBC as mouthpieces for the Democratic Party. The president is now voicing the growing concern among conservatives that Fox News is joining their ranks.