President Donald Trump has increased his criticism of Fox News Channel’s coverage in recent weeks, generally accusing his once-favored network of moving to the left.
Following a tweet on Thursday in which Trump declared “Fox WAS great,” anchor Bret Baier made a not-so-subtle reference on air later in the day, as Mediaite reported.
“Many will disagree, but [Fox News] is doing nothing to help Republicans, and me, get re-elected on November 3rd,” the president complained on Twitter.
“Real ‘garbage’ littered all over”
He acknowledged that “there are some truly GREAT people” on the channel, but went on to list several personalities he described as “real ‘garbage’ littered all over the network.”
After accusing Fox News of repeating “the worst of the Democrat speaking points, and lies,” Trump made his proclamation that “Fox WAS Great!”
Hours later, Baier made an appearance during a segment hosted by Neil Cavuto, one of the individuals on the president’s list of “garbage” journalists.
Trump’s most recent criticism of Cavuto stems from the host’s reaction to the news that the president had been taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure against the coronavirus. Cavuto called the announcement “stunning” on Monday and warned his viewers of the potential health risks associated with taking the anti-malarial drug.
When the two Fox News hosts were discussing Trump’s visit to a Ford plant in Michigan days later, Baier made an apparent tongue-in-cheek reference to the earlier tweet. Cavuto questioned why Trump declined to wear a face mask when appearing in public.
“We’ll see if we get this one right”
Baier went on to describe the ongoing “back-and-forth” surrounding this issue, prompting him to smile at the host and make a veiled citation of the president’s tweet.
“You know, we were once great, Neil, and we’ll see if we get this one right,” he said, evoking a chuckle from Cavuto.
Cavuto ended the segment on that note, declaring that there were “so many messages there and so little time.”
Instead of more directly addressing the president’s remarks, including the assertion that the network should be working to get him re-elected, Baier seemingly chose a more lighthearted acknowledgment. It remains to be seen how his remarks will go over with the president’s many supporters who also watch Fox News.