Donald Trump lashed out at Fox News on Twitter yesterday, accusing Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts and Washington Correspondent Gillian Turner of reporting "FAKE NEWS", apparently for accurately reporting his poll numbers.
Never thought I’d say this but I think @johnrobertsFox and @GillianHTurner @FoxNews have even less understanding of… https://t.co/6DhNXUGzMm— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1548637689.0
Fox News anchor Julie Banderas wasn't having it.
@realDonaldTrump This is NOT right. I stand by my colleagues @johnrobertsFox and @GillianHTurner They don’t deserve… https://t.co/ozL3AaP1rr— Julie Banderas (@Julie Banderas)1548679261.0
She then went on to say "Our jobs are not meant to please others. But the office of the @POTUS ought not to be the one lashing out."
She concluded with a familiar refrain:
"That’s not how this country works. That’s not how Freedom of the Press works."
We can and do stand plenty of criticism every day which is fine coming from everyday viewers. Our jobs are not mean… https://t.co/EEKQrV1yIh— Julie Banderas (@Julie Banderas)1548680139.0
Banderas got a lot of support for her tweets...and no small amount of schadenfreude.
@JulieBanderas @johnrobertsFox @GillianHTurner @WhiteHouse The "when they came for me" irony is too thick to wade t… https://t.co/4Ht0DK6AJS— Mr. Turk09 (@Mr. Turk09)1548681801.0
@JulieBanderas @maggieNYT @realDonaldTrump @johnrobertsFox @GillianHTurner @WhiteHouse Where you been for the last… https://t.co/zaaTdPSvH4— Annette Kemler (@Annette Kemler)1548684543.0
@JulieBanderas @realDonaldTrump @johnrobertsFox @GillianHTurner @WhiteHouse Uh oh, trouble in paradise 😂😂😂— WMR 🇨🇦 🍁 (@WMR 🇨🇦 🍁)1548681414.0
This is the first time Fox News has been lumped into the "fake" category, but they're in good company: CNN, ABC, NBC News, and the New York Times are among outlets the president as called "Enemy of the People."
Some were only surprised that Banderas was surprised.
@JulieBanderas @realDonaldTrump @johnrobertsFox @GillianHTurner @WhiteHouse Duh, Trump doesn't want you to report f… https://t.co/cWDAWu5wTb— Bob Back 🍺 (@Bob Back 🍺)1548682177.0
@JulieBanderas @maggieNYT @realDonaldTrump @johnrobertsFox @GillianHTurner @WhiteHouse This is what you all deserve… https://t.co/MEhClJ0w7C— Ms. Marbella🌊 (@Ms. Marbella🌊)1548690391.0
@JulieBanderas @maggieNYT @realDonaldTrump @johnrobertsFox @GillianHTurner @WhiteHouse Oh come on Julie. Fox has pr… https://t.co/Lq8Mu5Bc8a— TexasHillCountry (@TexasHillCountry)1548683259.0
Fox News was the president's favorite news outlet, and it's baffling why the he would suddenly turn on them - especially when the poll numbers he's so defensive about are lower than ever.
@realDonaldTrump @johnrobertsFox @GillianHTurner @FoxNews Just because you dont agree with the facts doesnt mean yo… https://t.co/HISh3DXWaS— MamaSmash (@MamaSmash)1548691726.0
Trouble in paradise, indeed.