Donald Trump is having another bad day. He was already upset with Fox News for not doing their job, which is to get him elected. At least that cat was let out of the bag, and amusingly so. Here’s what Trump said Thursday.
….Hahn, Richard Goodstein, Donna Brazile, Niel Cavuto, and many others. They repeat the worst of the Democrat speaking points, and lies. All of the good is totally nullified, and more. Net Result = BAD! CNN & MSDNC are all in for the Do Nothing Democrats! Fox WAS Great!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2020
Then today Fox rubbed salt in the wound with a new poll showing Joe Biden up six points from the last poll.
Eighty-eight percent are concerned about coronavirus spreading and 78 percent feel the economy is in bad shape.
There has been a seismic shift in views on the economy since the pandemic. In January, voters rated economic conditions positively by an 11-point margin: 55 percent excellent/good vs. 44 percent only fair/poor. Today, views are negative by 58 points: 20 percent excellent/good vs. 78 percent only fair/poor.
Positive ratings dropped 49 points among Republicans (from 85 to 36 percent) since January and 22 points among Democrats (from 31 to 9 percent).
That led to this today.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2020
And what about Roger A’s beautiful creation? Trump is actually acting against his own best interests here in complaining about Fox, because the only way Fox stays credible at all is to have some occasional push back from somebody or something against Trump. Roger Ailes, who had been a consultant for both Nixon, Reagan and H.W. Bush knew that and put together a propaganda machine disgusised as a news organization. Rolling Stone:
The network, at its core, is a giant soundstage created to mimic the look and feel of a news operation, cleverly camouflaging political propaganda as independent journalism.
The result is one of the most powerful political machines in American history. One that plays a leading role in defining Republican talking points and advancing the agenda of the far right. Fox News tilted the electoral balance to George W. Bush in 2000, prematurely declaring him president in a move that prompted every other network to follow suit. It helped create the Tea Party, transforming it from the butt of late-night jokes into a nationwide insurgency capable of electing U.S. senators. Fox News turbocharged the Republican takeover of the House last fall, and even helped elect former Fox News host John Kasich as the union-busting governor of Ohio – with the help of $1.26 million in campaign contributions from News Corp. And by incubating a host of potential GOP contenders on the Fox News payroll– including Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum – Ailes seems determined to add a fifth presidential notch to his belt in 2012. “Everything Roger wanted to do when he started out in politics, he’s now doing 24/7 with his network,” says a former News Corp. executive. “It’s come full circle.”
The other thing that Trump doesn’t want to look at is the fact that at some point it will serve the higher interests of the Republican party and Fox News to cut him loose. Undoubedly that’s what keeps him awake at night with twitchy thumbs. He doesn’t know when that day will dawn but unquestionably it’s drawing closer.