President Donald Trump seems to be souring on his favorite cable news network, but one Fox News host is calling him out over his complaints.
The president has previously lashed out at the network over polling he sees as unfair or skewed against him, but recent critiques have moved towards attacks on the larger network.
“The New [Fox News] is letting millions of GREAT people down! We have to start looking for a new News Outlet,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “Fox isn’t working for us anymore!”
Neil Cavuto addressed the president’s criticism directly on Thursday with a simple message: “We don’t work for you.”
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Cavuto characterized the president’s remarks as making clear, “to fact-check him is to be all but dead to him and his legion of supporters,” noting pushback he has received from supporters of the president in response to his coverage in the past.
The host addressed Trump directly to respond to the claim that the network “isn’t working for” the president anymore:
“Well, first of all, Mr. President, we don’t work for you. I don’t work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you — just report on you. To call balls and strikes on you. My job, Mr. President — our job here — is to keep the scores, not settle scores.”
Cavuto described the network’s coverage as “fair and balanced,” addressing Trump once more to add, “it is fair to say you’re not a fan when that balance includes stuff you don’t like to hear or facts you don’t like to have questioned.”
Rattling off a list of the president’s more controversial comments and actions, Cavuto argued it would be “fake” to not cover them. “Fake is when it’s wrong, Mr. President, not when it’s unpleasant,” he said.
“Hard as it is to fathom, Mr. President, just because you’re the leader of the free world it doesn’t entitle you to a free pass,” Cavuto signed off. “Unfortunately, just a free press.”