Trump takes swipe at Fox News, says network is ‘not even watchable’

It is hard to dispute the notion that Fox News provides the most balanced coverage of President Donald Trump of any major outlet, yet it is also true that there has been a noticeable shift in tone at the network in recent years.

President Trump has never been afraid to express his displeasure at Fox News’ leftward tilt and did so once again on Wednesday, though he declined to say specifically what provoked his ire, The Hill reported.

Trump slams Fox News

The president assailed the media network in a tweet after he had landed in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday afternoon to attend an event scheduled for later in the day.

“I was on Air Force One flying to the Great State of Texas, where I just landed,” Trump tweeted.

He added, “It is AMAZING in watching @FoxNews how different they are from four years ago. Not even watchable. They totally forgot who got them where they are!”

Ambivalence abounds

The Hill noted that President Trump has alternated back and forth between chastising and praising the network over the past several months, sometimes in a generalized manner but often by singling out certain hosts or contributors that he views as being particularly negative or positive toward him.

Indeed, Trump has on multiple occasions called out the network’s weekend hosts and coverage as being especially negative and has pointedly referred to specific individuals like Neil Cavuto, Juan Williams, Donna Brazile, and others as particularly hostile.

Yet, he has also issued high praise for those at the network he likes, such as the Fox & Friends crew, The Five co-hosts, Saturday evening stars Greg Gutfeld and Jesse Watters, and of course, the network’s primetime opinion lineup that includes top-rated Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham.

In fact, just a few hours prior to his tweet calling Fox “not even watchable” on Wednesday he tweeted a approvingly of Gutfeld’s new self-help book and encouraged everyone to “Make his book as successful as his T.V. show.”

Still most balanced

To be sure, President Trump is not alone in noticing the ideological shift toward the middle at the network that reached the pinnacle of the cable news ratings war by catering largely to the nation’s right-leaning population that was underserved, if not actively and openly attacked, by most other left-leaning mainstream outlets.

That said, Fox is still trouncing its competition on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis, and it remains the only network that even comes close to being “fair and balanced” in offering viewpoints from across the ideological spectrum.

Nevertheless, President Trump, with rarely an unexpressed thought on Twitter, will surely continue to be outspoken — along with many of his supporters — in taking stock of the undeniable ongoing changes at Fox News.

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