Controversial Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a decision to boycott Fox News.
Donald Trump has announced that effective immediately, the relationship between him and Fox News is over for the forseeable future. The candidate did patch things up with Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes over the matter and backed off.
However, a representative from the Trump campaign then said that their man was standing by his original comments and that he only “expects to be treated fairly. We believe a candid meeting about our differences is required and that any misunderstandings can be handled without compromising those standards”, the representative added.
Donald Trump, front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, said Wednesday he wouldn’t appear on Fox News anymore, just minutes after the news channel canceled one of his scheduled appearances. Trump has spent an inordinate amount of time blasting the network’s coverage of him on Twitter. Two months ago he pulled a similar stunt, threatening to boycott the network if he wasn’t treated better, before Ailes and Trump met up to smooth things over.
Trump blasted Lowry in a live phone interview with CNN on Thursday morning: “He said something I never heard on television before”. But now you’re saying you’re not going on Fox News again and they say it’s because they won’t bow down to your demands.
Talking to CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Trump discussed a segment from Wednesday night’s The Kelly File with National Review editor Rich Lowry.
Fox also criticized the media for its initial portrayal of Trump’s boycott announcement.
Fox News, similarly, has every reason to cheer Trump on in the control room. And if his polls start to slip and/or Fox’s ratings show no signs of weakening without him, it’ll undercut one of the core parts of his appeal, that he’s immune to normal political forces.
Trump has been feuding with the network since the first GOP primary debate, when he accused moderator, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, of asking questions he thought were unfair.
“If I do something wrong…” A spokeswoman for the network told the Associated Press that Trump’s behavior has “grown stale and tiresome”.