Something Happened At Fox News That Is Turning Trump Into a Psychotic Mess
Something is happening at Fox News that is turning President Donald Trump into a psychotic mess. As he becomes more toxically unpopular, the conservative network has decided to save itself by criticizing the erratic president (if only incrementally), in order to protect its own ratings and viability.
Unable to handle the harsh reality, Trump has been publicly lashing out at Fox News in increasingly frequent and severe fashion. This week, he called for people to stop watching Fox altogether.
Trump may have been trying to bully Fox into giving him more favorable coverage, or he may have just been throwing an aimless tantrum. But he certainly didn’t get the result he wanted. In fact, some Fox personalities decided that they are not talking his insults any longer and are fighting back.
This week, after some Fox personalities began calling out Trump’s increasingly erratic behavior, he called for people to stop watching Fox altogether. Trump may have been trying to bully Fox into giving him more favorable coverage, or he may have just been throwing an aimless tantrum. But he certainly didn’t get the result he wanted.
Fox News host Neil Cavuto saw the opportunity to establish a smidgeon of journalistic credibility for himself, by calling out Donald Trump for being unwilling to accept anything less than 100% positive coverage. This means Fox viewers get to feel like they’re watching objectively honest coverage, even though it’s still dishonestly slanted to the far-right most of the time. And it gives Fox cover for its other hosts who are still as far up Trump’s derriere as possible.
Trump responded on Saturday by ignoring Cavuto and praising Fox opinion shows that go out of their way to give him positive coverage.
Has anyone noticed that the top shows on @foxnews and cable ratings are those that are Fair (or great) to your favorite President, me! Congratulations to @seanhannity for being the number one show on Cable Television!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2019
The reality is, Trump’s worsening poll numbers suggest that even some on the right are tired of him, so Fox is going to do what it has to do for ratings. By publicly trying to tell Fox what to do, Trump just handed Fox an excuse to justify that shift to its audience, by pointing out that Trump doesn’t get to call the shots at its network. That’s the last thing Trump needs heading into 2020.
And it gets worse. Fox News is going to take things wherever it thinks its audience wants things to go. This is going to hurt Donald Trump.