Liberals have been calling Fox News Trump TV for months now. What is surprising is to see Trump agree. By complaining that Fox is no longer working for him, he is implying they once did. A curious admission, but it fits the Trump world view that everyone should be working for him and the envy he often shows of those strong men in other countries who can more easily get things done. Autocracy is so much more simple than democracy.
And Trump, despite his unpredictability, is a simple man.
What spawned that Trump tweeted complaint was a number of comments by Fox News hosts that Trump did not like, including Shepard Smith’s stating categorically that Trump is not telling the truth about new wall going up rapidly on the southern border. In fact, there has been no new wall, only the replacement of about sixty miles of old wall. Period.
Smith has also pointed out that Trump is not telling the truth about some 90 billion that supposedly went to Puerto Rico for disaster relief, of which they have actually received about 14 billion.
And Smith has called false Tucker Carlson’s claim that white supremacy is a hoax. Tucker is one of what I’d call the Fox Views side of the network. He, along with Hannity and Laura Ingraham, form the evening lineup that really goes to bat for Trump and vice versa.
Of course, liberal media have made the same points as Smith, but we expect that. The more Fox News concurs with the other two major cable networks, the more possible is conversation based upon commonly recognized facts, without which there can be little conversation.
Here is my main point, Trump TV is not Fox News, but those who constitute Fox Views, the big three mentioned above along with others who primarily state opinions, while usually critical of liberals and uncritical of Trump’s world of alternative facts.
As Trump continues to repeat and expand his fantasy land, my hope is that the Fox News side of the network will feel compelled to point out the lies as they have done for some time but not as frequently as recently. The more lies, the more coverage of the worst of them?
Here is a link to Smith’s dismissing Trump’s wall claims among other things. Scroll down to find the short video of Smith’s dismantling Trump’s lie.
Finally, I suggest you check out Smith’s one hour news program Mon-Friday, noon Pacific Time on Fox.