President Donald Trump took a jab at his favorite news network in a phone interview with “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning.
“The media is very dishonest, with of course ‘Fox & Friends’ is excluded ok,” he said. “I won’t exclude Fox totally, but I will exclude ‘Fox & Friends.'”
The network offers a much more favorable view of the president and his policy than other major news networks, and therefore has been almost completely spared from Trump’s attacks on main stream media.
Just this week, however, Fox News decided to stop airing Trump’s campaign rallies in full. According to Politico, Trump’s rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Tuesday was the first that wasn’t aired live on any major news network, including Fox News and C-SPAN.
Politico reports that Trump just isn’t getting the ratings that he used to with the network.
Nevertheless, the president still maintains a cushy relationship with Fox News. He regularly sings praise of hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson and a former Fox News executive, Bill Shine, serves as White House communications director.
Watch Trump discuss “dishonest media” on “Fox & Friends”:
TRUMP on anonymous NYT op-ed: "I think a lot of leaks are not leaks, they're made up by newspapers. The media is very dishonest, but 'Fox & Friends is excluded, okay. I won't exclude Fox totally… The media is very, very dishonest, beyond anything anybody can understand." pic.twitter.com/BR7AQbqekd
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 11, 2018
Trump’s main point of attack, however, was on the New York Times. He addressed the anonymous op-ed written by a Trump administration official published last month and proposed that it was a conspiracy and that the whole thing was made up by the newspaper.
“Even the letter written to the Times, there is a chance, I don’t say it’s a big chance but there’s a very good chance it was written by the Times,” Trump claimed. “But I won’t be surprised because the Times is totally corrupt and dishonest.”