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.
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.
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.
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