The couch at Fox News’ Fox & Friends is usually a safe space for President Donald Trump and members of his administration and family. The Trump administration can rely on the hosts to back whatever is said without any pushback or fact-checking.
But occasionally, even the hosts of Fox & Friends feel they need to take the President to task.
Tuesday morning, reporting from outside instead of their usual studio set, Brian Kilmeade—who together with Ainsley Earhardt and Steve Doocy make up the trio of hosts—finally offered a rebuttal to Trump’s anti-press rhetoric.
Fox & Friends showed a clip of an interview with Trump conducted by Laura Ingraham where the President defended his attacks on the media in the wake of one of his supporters sending pipe bombs to his critics, including some in the media.
After the clip, Kilmeade stated:
“I really wish he would lose that term. It doesn’t help anybody, it doesn’t push back on the media that he wants to push back on and I think it gets too many other people aligned, it gets shrapnel with that statement because the press isn’t the enemy of the people.”
Co-host Steve Doocy then gave the President an excuse for his anti-First Amendment rhetoric, saying:
“Well I think he probably feels like they are not doing him any favors and so he doesn’t like them ultimately.”
But then even Doocy added:
“But, are they the enemy of the people? I don’t think so, either.”
Watch the exchange here.
“When I say ‘the enemy of the people’ I’m talking about the fake news” -President Trump pic.twitter.com/rRsEqFSNKs
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) October 30, 2018
After sharing the segment on their own Twitter feed, Fox & Friends got some pushback from their fans. Most parroted the President’s own rhetoric.
The media is soooo fake and so left its ridiculous and yes, fake news that lies and distorts the truth is the enemy of the people. CNN is so politicized and fake its ridiculous and the others are not far behind. @realDonaldTrump
— Michael Guy (@RealMichaelGuy) October 30, 2018
We the people voted for President Trump. We expect to turn on our tv’s and get the truth in news. We want to hear about everything the Presidents is doing for America’s safety and prosperity. CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, do not report truth. They speak hate and lies
— Laurie Firestone (@musiclsunshine) October 30, 2018
It is the Democratic way to scare people into voting for them and the put the blame on President Trump the mainstream media has gone completely nuts they are deranged and can’t even see what’s right in front of their eyes vote Republican will be better off
— Outdoorsman 38 (@NoJohnson5) October 30, 2018
Of course you don’t think so because you are the media and you’re bias since you work in that field. Media is very powerful and it can manipulate many of people and rally them up against what that company wants to rally them up on.
— Bob C. Buckley Jr. (@tuscanybuilders) October 30, 2018
However when asked by others to provide examples of so-called fake news…