Fox News host Bret Baier is not happy with President Donald Trump’s recent criticism of the network, and he’s challenging the president to come on Fox and explain why he’s decided to start attacking what some call “Trump TV” for it’s often fawning coverage of the administration.
On Sunday, Trump had this to say after Fox released a new poll showing him trailing several Democratic presidential hopefuls:
“There’s something going on at Fox, I’ll tell you right now, and I’m not happy with it.”
That remark led Baier to respond Monday on his show. The host looked directly into the camera and addressed the president:
“OK. Well, Fox has not changed. We have a news side and an opinion side. The opinion folks express their opinions. We do polls. Our latest poll had the Democratic candidates head-to-head, several of them ahead of President Trump. And this poll tracks exactly what the Real Clear Politics average of polls — even a little the other way — and this poll matches what we are seeing out there.”
A quick fact check proves that Baier is 100 percent right about the available polling data: The Real Clear Politics poll of polls shows that Biden, Warren, Sanders, and Harris would all beat Trump in a head-to-head match-up, with Biden up by a full 12 points over the president.
But Baier was far from finished. He then said Trump should come on his show and do an interview:
“We’d love to have you back on. You’ve talked to George Stephanopoulos and Chuck Todd. Come on back. Me, Chris Wallace, the news side cover it fair, balanced and unafraid.”
“Fox has not changed. We have a news side and and an opinion side. Mr. President, we’ve invited you on Special Report many times. We’d love to have you back on. We cover it fair, balanced, and unafraid.”@BretBaier responds to @realDonaldTrump criticism.https://t.co/rWxWi9CT7E pic.twitter.com/kwg8afF3Mr
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 20, 2019
As HuffPost reports, Trump has seemed to be souring on his favorite network as of late:
Last month, Trump griped that Fox News “forgot the people who got them there.”
It’s quite clear that Donald Trump is under the impression the networks are supposed to do whatever he wants and never criticize him or dare to report the facts. When they don’t, he cries “fake news” and pitches a Twitter fit. But if he alienates Fox News, he may find that his reelection effort will be uphill all the way.
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