Trump drags Fox News in tweet-storm, claims they ‘forgot the Golden Goose’
The confrontation that has been brewing between President Trump and Fox News recently is now heating up. Trump slammed Fox News, retweeting a dozen messages attacking the network and then lamenting in one that Fox “forgot the Golden Goose” that made them successful. It is rumored that Trump will start his own network and take some of Fox’s biggest stars with him.
“.@FoxNews daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime even WORSE. Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. They forgot the Golden Goose. The biggest difference between the 2016 Election, and 2020, was @FoxNews,” Trump tweeted.
Trump also retweeted a dozen different accounts that promoted conservative networks as alternatives to Fox News. Digital media outlets such as TheBlaze, Breitbart, the Daily Caller, NewsMax, and The Daily Wire are seeing their traffic greatly increase while Fox News’ viewership plummets.
He also used a tweet to suggest to his favorite hosts – Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham – that they should quit “while there is time.” Ostensibly, they would find a home on Trump’s network.
.@FoxNews daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime even WORSE. Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. They forgot the Golden Goose. The biggest difference between the 2016 Election, and 2020, was @FoxNews!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2020
Fox News has garnered the President’s ire over several incidents concerning the 2020 presidential election. During the first presidential debate, the moderator, Chris Wallace, seemed hostile towards Trump and accommodating towards Joe Biden. Then there was the huge rift that occurred when Fox’s HQ Desk called Arizona very, very early for Joe Biden. Fox was the first network to project the state would go to Biden, and only the Associated Press followed suit. Fox polls were also almost never in favor of a Trump win instead they predicted a Joe Biden presidency from the beginning.
Arizona is still being contested with Biden holding a slim lead there. He is projected by Democrats and the media as the president-elect regardless of the outcome in Arizona, however, a number of states are now embroiled in lawsuits with the Trump campaign over voting irregularities and fraud. Trump supporters believe that Fox’s biased coverage tipped the election in Biden’s favor.
The Trump campaign urged Fox to withdraw the Arizona call, but the network refused. The Trump team reportedly also sent out talking points attacking the head of the Fox News decision desk and highlighting his past contributions to Democratic candidates.
Many will disagree, but @FoxNews is doing nothing to help Republicans, and me, get re-elected on November 3rd. Sure, there are some truly GREAT people on Fox, but you also have some real “garbage” littered all over the network, people like Dummy Juan Williams, Schumerite Chris…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2020
Trump is considering launching an online competitor to Fox News according to sources familiar with the president’s thinking, Axios reported on Thursday. Sources told the media outlet that President Trump has told friends he wants to start a digital media company to clobber Fox News and undermine the conservative-friendly network.
“He plans to wreck Fox. No doubt about it,” said the source. “He’s going to spend a lot of time slamming Fox.”
The president has very extensive email and cell phone lists from his 2016 and 2020 campaigns that he can use to help launch a media venture. Trump may also use rallies late in the year to bash Fox News to his base. Many of the members of Trump’s target audience for a media venture are likely Fox viewers.
Trump’s digital offering would likely charge a monthly fee to supporters and be very competitive with Fox’s subscription model.
“Fox has changed a lot,” Trump said during his most recent interview with “Fox & Friends” on Election Day. “Somebody said: What’s the biggest difference between this and four years ago? And I say Fox.”
“Watching @FoxNews on weekend afternoons is a total waste of time. We now have some great alternatives, like @OANN,” he said in a tweet earlier this year.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2020