President Trump has made no secret of the fact Fox News is his preferred network of choice, but now a new poll from the media outlet has Trump fuming. Trump, who has been known to watch Fox News for hours a day, particularly relishing any stories that laud him, slammed the conservative network in response to a recent poll that says he will have a difficult road to the White House in 2020.
“There’s something going on at Fox [News], I’ll tell you right now. And I’m not happy with it.”President Donald Trump
Trump’s statement was made to to reporters in New Jersey and he said he didn’t “believe” the poll which shows the president losing in head-to-head matches against any of the top four contenders of the Democratic presidential primary race. Trump added, “Fox has changed. My worst polls have always been from Fox.” It might be worth noting that while Fox News is known for a conservative lean, the organization’s polls are among the most well-reputed in the business.
Trump also took aim at Democrats in his recent comments, complaining that they had barred Fox News from hosting or televising any of the party’s 2020 primary debates. He said this should be considered a warning about the general election cycle.
Trump’s fit over Fox News caused him to say he had control of the 2020 presidential debates. When asked about the polling, Trump said, “And I think Fox is making a big mistake… Because, you know, I’m the one that calls the shots on that — on the really big debates.”
Is that true? No. The Commission on Presidential Debates is not controlled by any political party and does not endorse any political party and that commission has been in charge of sponsoring the general election presidential debates since 1988.
Trump is no stranger to waging war on the news media, having used them as a target for spreading “fake news” about him, but historically he has given Fox News a pass. Recently, however, he has lumped Fox News in with the rest of the “crooked” media, as he has dubbed it, for what he calls unfavorable coverage.
He was ill with Fox News because of some coverage it gave to Democratic presidential candidates earlier this year. He squared off with them over the network’s town halls with Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg earlier this year.