New York (CNN Business)President Trump took his complaints about Fox News, his biggest bastion of support on television, to a new level Wednesday, claiming that the network “isn’t working for us anymore.”
“We have to start looking for a new News Outlet,” he tweeted on Wednesday, inadvertently lending credence to critics’ claims that Fox is akin to state-run TV.
Fox spokespeople declined to comment on the president’s attacks.
Brit Hume, the network’s senior political analyst, replied to Trump
and said “Fox News isn’t supposed to work for you.”
The president has lodged complaints about Fox more than a dozen times this year, in what appears to be an intensifying pressure campaign to keep the network “in line,” so to speak.
He typically hits the tweet button after watching stories on the network’s daytime newscasts, which are anchored by journalists Iike Shep Smith, Bret Baier, Sandra Smith and Bill Hemmer.
While some of the news hours have a rightward bent, the anchors generally don’t display the pro-Trump sycophancy that’s a signature feature of Fox’s opinion programs.
On Wednesday Trump said he had just watched Fox “heavily promoting the Democrats” during Sandra Smith’s interview of DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa.
Trump said Hinojosa was “spewing out whatever she wanted with zero pushback by anchor,” which, ironically, is what Trump often does during interviews with his Fox friends like Sean Hannity, who has in his time off-air also served as an unofficial adviser to the president.
Trump then listed off some of his previous grievances
about Fox, including the existence of Shep Smith’s 3 p.m. newscast and the presence of liberal commentators Donna Brazile and Juan Williams.
He called Fox “HOPELESS & CLUELESS” and said “they should go all the way LEFT and I will still find a way to Win – That’s what I do, Win. Too Bad! I don’t want to Win for myself, I only want to Win for the people. The New @FoxNews is letting millions of GREAT people down! We have to start looking for a new News Outlet. Fox isn’t working for us anymore!”
Just one day ago, Trump tweeted out promotion and praise for one of Fox’s pro-Trump hosts, Jeanine Pirro, who released another Democrat-bashing book on Tuesday. “Out today, go get it!” Trump said shortly after Pirro appeared on Fox to sell the book.
Trump also routinely posts videos of Fox segments he likes and tweets congratulations to the network for its ratings wins.
Hinojosa responded to Trump’s tweet about her and said “Thanks for watching.”