The low-intensity warfare between Donald Trump and Fox News blew into the open again on Wednesday when the network disputed the billionaire’s story about why will no longer appear on Fox television.
Fox News declined to specify why it had canceled Trump’s appearance, but it came after a series of tweets Trump wrote Monday criticizing “The O’Reilly Factor” and anchor Megyn Kelly.
Days later, Trump said he worked out a truce with Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.
No signal just what foreseeable future meant, but Trump has certainly been making the rounds. “We believe a candid meeting about our differences is required and that any misunderstandings can be handled without compromising those standards”, the statement continues.
The front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination tweeted his intention after a scheduled Thursday appearance on FNC’s top-rated program “The O’Reilly Factor” was canceled by the cable network.
The Fox statement said that when coverage doesn’t go Trump’s way, “he engages in personal attacks on our anchors and hosts, which has grown stale and tiresome”.
Unfortunately for Trump, his call for a fine is unrealistic: By their own admission, the Federal Communications Commission has never fined a cable network for obscenity. It’s the second time in a month that Ailes has attempted to broker peace with Trump after Trump took to Twitter to blast Megyn Kelly.
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump made appearances Thursday morning on CNN and MSNBC-and in both interviews accused Fox News of being “unfair”. Trump had previously attacked Kelly after the network hosted the Republican debate on August. 6 in Cleveland. When host Joe Scarborough asked Trump why he doesn’t just ignore pundits, Trump suggested he won’t let such criticism go unchallenged and that he has the social media megaphone to respond in real time. He complained that O’Reilly’s show had been “very negative to me” because its guests were all “Trump haters”.
In a statement on Wednesday, Trump did not elaborate on how, exactly, he thought he had been covered unfairly by Fox.
The name-calling culminated in a phone call to Trump by Fox news chief Roger Ailes, who asked Trump to apologize.
“I don’t know why, maybe she doesn’t have any”, Trump guessed of Fiorina, whose net worth is estimated at almost $60 million.