Donald Trump seems to have a strange obsession with Fox News. It’s been recently reported that he watches between four to six hours of cable news each day and he constantly tweets about his favorite show “Fox and Friends.”
A new report by Vanity Fair states that Trump seems to be the new programmer for the network now that Roger Ailes is gone.
“When you worked at Fox, you knew that at any moment Roger Ailes was watching. Every day was like a job interview with Ailes. Now it’s the same way for Trump,” a Fox News contributor said.
“What he usually does is he’ll call after a show and say, ‘I really enjoyed that,’” a former Fox anchor said. “The highest compliment is, ‘I really learned something.’ Then you know he got a new policy idea.”
Trump is constantly keeping watch on the network and seems to have a say on what is being reported.
According to Vanity Fair the relationship “makes it extremely complicated to cover the administration’s near-constant conflagrations.”
“They don’t want to see stuff about Michael Wolff. It’s depressing,” one staffer said about the Fire and Fury book. Instead, everyone is on board with attacking Hillary Clinton and her family.
“He’s sort of viewed as this crazy person who calls all the time,” a Fox executive said.
The network and Trump feed off each other. The network reports what he wants to hear and in return, he tweets about it to draw in the audience.
But not everyone in the network is on the Trumptrain. “It’s freaky to see him tweeting at Fox & Friends,” one staffer said. “That doesn’t help us. We’re not state television.”