The billionaire businessman and leading Republican candidate tweets that Fox News has been treating him “very unfairly” and that he’s going to stop appearing on its shows.
The Federal Communications Commission occasionally fines broadcast networks for indecency, but has no power to sanction cable channels like Fox News or individual speakers.In a statement on Wednesday, Trump did not elaborate on how, exactly, he thought he had been covered unfairly by Fox. The network quickly responded with a statement of its own, defending its coverage and calling out the alleged boycott as another “distraction”.
Donald Trump raised the ire of some people inside Fox News-not a hard thing to do, admittedly-back in August, when he made off-color comments about pundit Megyn Kelly following her moderation of a Republican presidential debate. FNC executives have held off-the-record editorial meetings with other candidates, but this is the first with Trump.
Wednesday night on The Kelly Files, National Review editor Rich Lowry expressed joy that Fiorina “cut his balls off with the precision of a surgeon”, which infuriated Trump, who turned to Twitter where he blamed Fox News.
This incident is another example of the unfair treatment that Trump claims he has been subjected to by Fox. The statement is…maybe you should just read it.
If the situation sounds familiar, that’s because it is.
Caught in the middle is Fox News which has been involved in a low casualty war with Trump during his bull in the china shop campaign, involving attacks of top talent like Megyn Kelly as well as a promise by Trump to never again appear on the conservative news network again. But shortly after, Ailes and Trump spoke on the phone and seemed to smooth over their differences.