Something might well be on the horizon, watch this space, because one of my two canaries just dropped.
Fox News, at least the “news” part of it, is no longer taking Trump lying down. Today it got downright “candid,” not a lot of nuance, here.
Neil Cavuto really let us know his thoughts on the President of the United States telling his pack to unfollow Fox news, that Fox wasn’t working for Trump anymore.
Do it, Beast:
“But the president making clear to fact-check him is to be all but dead to him and his legion of supporters who let me know in no uncertain terms I am either with him totally or I am a Never-Trumper bully,” the Fox host stated. “There are no grays. No middle grounds. You are either all in or you’re just out. Loyal on everything or not to be trusted on anything.”
There is a snarl in there about Trump’s followers, too. But, we’re just getting started:
“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 cover you. Call balls and strikes. Our job is to keep score, not settle scores.”
Having established the relationship, Cavuto goes where you never believed a Fox News anchor would go:
“These aren’t fake items,” Cavuto said after listing off a bunch of the president’s most notorious comments. “They are real items and you really said them, just like you never paid to silence a porn star until it turns out you did.”
Yes, he did! Cavuto DID just bring up paying some porn star for sex and then lying about it. Yes, Cavuto “went there.”
But he wasn’t even done.
“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,” he concluded. “Unfortunately, just a free press.”
Okay, a moment of clarity from Fox News.
But, before we celebrate the awakening at Fox, let’s remember what it took to get here. It took Fox having the temerity to let a Democrat speak uninterrupted, which led Trump to immediately tweet out a “Hereby” order to his followers. They were to rid themselves of Fox because Fox didn’t “work for them” anymore.
Trump started the war, Fox is just firing back.
But we should note those shots, because Fox did not have to defend itself. Fox could have slinked away, tail between its legs, and sucked up with some fluff pieces over the next week. It has happened many times before.
But, Trump has never been this “loose” before, either. Over the last two weeks, Trump has descended to levels of insanity new to him, even. He has no real handlers left, all the adults are gone. We are getting full frontal Trump, uncut and unkempt.
The end might be near, because this wasn’t just reporting bad news for Trump, this was a direct message, a long one, directed right to Trump. Everyone at Fox knows that Trump is watching, always. And no reporter is going to say something that direct without some assurance it will be “okay” to do so.
I have said for a long time that two entities, my canaries, will not go down with Trump, and to watch them closely. The most obvious sign would be Vlad Putin acting in a way that unequivocally disavows something “Trumpy.’ The other would be when Fox news starts to put some real distance between itself and Trump. Both Putin and Fox could be indicators that “insiders” know the deal is about up.
We revisit something we said two weeks ago. This isn’t sustainable. And we were not the only smart people that saw this beginning to descend. Perhaps Fox knows of a developing story? One that is only whispered about by very connected people?
I don’t know. I am not that well-connected. Yet.
But I do know that big money, big power organizations will not be knee-capped by an explosive story out of the blue. Not likely. That isn’t the way this nation works. The “right people” have to have time to absorb some news and maneuver themselves into position, generally.
In my opinion, some people at Fox are likely awakening to the fact that this fall will be filled with fireworks, all down range at one target. No one wants to be standing next to Trump when the boom hits, even Fox. Let’s keep an eye out for any further slides to the … “left”?