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A new report in The New York Times is questioning the relationship between Fox News and former President Donald Trump.
Reporting on the last time Trump appeared on Fox, the Times noted that on April 13 Trump did a phone interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Also during that interview, which covered many subjects, host Hannity tried to lead Trump into making specific statements when Trump answered clearly.
When asked how he vied Putin, Trump responded,” I got along with them well. That doesn’t mean they are good people. that doesn’t mean anything other than the fact that I understood them, and perhaps they understood me. Maybe they understood me even better, that’s OK, because they new there would be a big penalty.”
Hannity then said,” I want to understand your thinking, though, and the thinking is: “We got along, but you knew that they were looking out for their interests at all times.”
To which Trump replied,” 100 percent.”
But Hannity continued to requestion, appearing to try to get Trump to say certain words.
And during the interview, listing a number of problems facing the nation, Trump noted that they would not have happened “had we won this election, which we did.”
That was the very last time he was interviewed on Fox News through Sunday morning.
The Times buttressed its case for a falling out between Trump and Fox News by noting the many times the network could have interviewed and did not do so.
The Friday report noted that it had been more than 100 days since Trump was interviewed on Fox News.
During Trump’s presidency, Fox News had become his go-to network for getting his side of an issue out to the public.
For example, the report noted Fox News did not show Trump’s July 22 event at which he said “We may have to do it again,” in reference to running for president in 2024, choosing to interview another hopeful candidate.
Instead, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was interviewed by Fox News host Laura Ingraham. DeSantis was interviewed again by Tucker Carlson a few days later.
Last week, Fox News did not carry Trump’s speech in Washington, D.C., at an event for conservatives which was notable as it ws the first appearance by the former president in Washington since he left the White House in 2020.
Fox News instead carried a speech that former Vice President Mike Pence made in Florida on the same day as Trump’s speech.
The Times quoted “two people who have spoken to him recently,” whom the outlet did not name, as stating that Trump believes Fox News is deliberately ignoring him.
Why would this be, when conservative Fox News has covered Trump completely in the past?
It seems it may have to do with the controversy surrounding the events on Jan 6 in Washington.
A chill to all things Trump is flowing from the top of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corporation, the report claimed, citing what it said were “several people close to Mr. Murdoch’s Fox Corporation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.”
As evidence, they pointed to editorials in the New York Post and Wall Street Journal that criticized Trump’s conduct on Jan. 6, 2021.
“I spent 11 years at Fox, and I know nothing pre-taped hits a Fox screen that hasn’t been signed off on and sanctioned at the very top levels of management,” said Eric Bolling, a former Fox host who is now with Newsmax. “Especially when it has to do with a presidential election.”
The core issue, the report said, is Trump’s continued insistence that he was jiggered out of the 2020 election, including a flashpoint from election night 2020 in which Fox called Arizona for President Joe Biden, which was later proven true but which angered Trump at the time.
It seems that Trump is being punished for not getting in line with the Democratic view that there was nothing wrong with the 2020 election results.
Some Republicans are also holding that view, even though the Democratic administration is adding a new division to the U.S. Postal service specifically to handle mail in ballots, and Democrats are pushing the mail in form of voting for the upcoming midterm elections.
On Monday, Trump vented about his treatment on “Fox & Friends.”
“@foxandfriends just really botched my poll numbers, no doubt on purpose.
That show has been terrible — gone to the ‘dark side.’
Trump elaborated on his social media platform Truth Social:
They quickly quote the big Turning Point Poll victory of almost 60 points over the number two Republican, and then hammer me with outliers.
Actually, almost all polls have me leading all Republicans & Biden BY A LOT.
“RINO Paul Ryan, one of the weakest and worst Speakers EVER, must be running the place. Anyway, thank you to Turning Point, the crowd & ‘love’ was AMAZING!” he concluded
2024 Republican Primary poll:
Donald Trump – 53%
Ron DeSantis – 23%
Mike Pence – 7%
Ted Cruz – 3%
Nikki Haley – 2%
Mitt Romney – 2%
Liz Cheney – 2%
Politico / Morning Consult / 07/15-17
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 26, 2022
The Western Journal reached out to Fox News for comment early Sunday morning but had not received any by the time of this article’s publication.