Earlier today, President Donald Trump referred to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as “Crazy Bernie” in a tweet following a Fox News town hall in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, during which Sanders drummed up support for Medicare for All.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 16, 2019
But it was the use of the word “we” indicating a symbiotic relationship between the president and his preferred network—one that has often been accused of ignoring crucial news items while currying favor with the president—that riled Trump’s critics.
Did you just say "now we have"?
We all know Fox is basically state TV, but you do NOT own them or the news cycle.
You're such an embarrassment. A fool. A grifter. A liar. A cheat. A criminal. A racist. A bigot. A womanizer. An all round bad person.
PS. Eff U! 🖕
— Cathleen Burke (@ItsMeCathi) April 16, 2019
You talk like Fox News belongs to you. Yes Fox News has become a third rated news media organisation because, they serve as your propaganda wing.
— James Agbormbai (@AgbormbaiJames) April 16, 2019
Who is "we" ?? Are Fox News and the presidency one entity?
— Sergio (@sianoresist) April 16, 2019
@realDonaldTrump What's "strange" is your use of the word "we" when describing hiring decisions of a tv network…
— Chris Suglia (@ChrisSuglia) April 16, 2019
So what is it then? Is Fox News “fair and balanced” or would you rather they keep catering exclusively to you on their knees?
— evil4life (@evil4life101) April 16, 2019
Trump’s adulation for Fox News is common knowledge at this point, but even his preferred network isn’t immune from his rages and peculiarities. The president, according to a New Yorker report published last month, ranks Fox News hosts based on their loyalty to him. Trump uses a scale of 1 to 10.
The report confirms so many of Trump’s critics’ worst fears: That there appears to be no end to the depths of the notoriously thin-skinned president’s narcissism, to which the American public so often has a front row seat.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t Trump acolyte Sean Hannity who received the highest score. Although the president gave Hannity a perfect score of 10, he believes Steve Doocy, the co-host of “Fox & Friends,” is so devoted to him that Doocy’s earned a score of 12.
Doocy doesn’t rank anywhere near as high among Republican consumers, according to a November 2018 Morning Consult poll that ranked the favorability of Fox News hosts. Doocy’s near the bottom; Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Ainsley Earhardt have the top three spots. Hannity just misses the top five. And although Trump isn’t as enamored with Brett Baier, the moderator for Sanders’ town hall whom he rated a 6 out 10, Baier is still among the top 10 Fox News hosts according to this survey.
.@JaneMayerNYer reports Trump has a loyalty scale for Fox News hosts – with Steve Doocy on top (12/10!). Here’s how the hosts stack up with Republican consumers: https://t.co/D2afnThLbq via @jpiacenza pic.twitter.com/iiSUohigFR
— Nick Laughlin (@nick_d_laughlin) March 4, 2019