It’s on! Fox News fires back at Trump ‘boycott’; fans take sides

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.

Basically, Fox called Trump “stale” and “tiresome” — two words not normally associated with the man who energized Republican primary politics this year.

In a Twitter posting shortly after noon, Trump announced to the world that Fox had treated him “very unfairly” and that he would not be appearing on the network for “the foreseeable future.”

Trump didn’t give a reason for the posting, which came immediately after he tweeted a tribute to the late Yogi Berra. But Fox emailed a statement to media outlets Wednesday to say Trump’s nose was out of joint over a scheduling conflict. According the statement:

At 11:45 a.m. today, we canceled Donald Trump’s scheduled appearance on The O’Reilly Factor on Thursday, which resulted in Mr. Trump’s subsequent tweet about his ‘boycott’ of FOX News. The press predictably jumped to cover his tweet, creating yet another distraction from any real issues that Mr. Trump might be questioned about. When coverage doesn’t go his way, he engages in personal attacks on our anchors and hosts, which has grown stale and tiresome. He doesn’t seem to grasp that candidates telling journalists what to ask is not how the media works in this country.

In a statement released to the media after the Fox salvo, a Trump spokesman said Trump stood by his statement about “unfair” treatment.

“As a candidate for president of the United States and the definitive front runner in every poll, both nationally and state wide, including the just released poll in the state of Florida, Mr. Trump expects to be treated fairly. All you have to do is look at the tremendous ratings last night from the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where Mr. Trump was the guest, or the ratings from both debates, to fully understand the facts.”

Social media users were split on the latest twist between the two giants of contemporary American Republican politics — with some arguing Trump’s candidacy is actually a creation of Fox..  

 

 

 

 

Since neither Trump nor Fox is going to be leaving the stage any time soon, they’re going to be adapting to each other for “the foreseeable future.” It’s going to be interesting.   Trump’s had it with Fox News, vows not to do any more shows on the network

 

 

 

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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189 thoughts on “It’s on! Fox News fires back at Trump ‘boycott’; fans take sides

  1. It's almost over says:

    Stop watching Fox News years ago. Don’t miss it one bit. I get my news from other sources that have proven to me to be more reliable and truthful. TV in any sense of the word is unworthy to be called reliable…!

    Wake up! It’s called programming for a reason.

    1. tedlv says:

      And you brag, but don’t name your sources. Is that the mantra of a fool?

      1. It's almost over says:

        They’re plenty of alternative news sites that might or might not fit your ‘mantra’. Why not start by asking like minded people as yourself.

        Due to your foolish reply I’m sure we’re NOT like minded.

  2. tedlv says:

    I am so tired of “donna” and her childish insults! I want an adult for president, not donna trump’s completely childish antics aimed at anyone that questions anything about him. His supporters are equally childish, just like those that supported 0bama because he was black and wanted hopey-changey. The whole adulation thing I completely sickening or both subhumans.

  3. Nunnyah Biz says:

    So! Who is right here???

    A rich, arrogant, truthful guy that won’t allow himself to be controlled by the gov’t, and the global elitists!

    Or a bunch of rich tabloid tv personalities that DO ALLOW themselves to be controlled by the gov’t. and the global elitists???…………………………………………….hmm!!!

  4. MIke Mitchell says:

    Trump is a gutsy confrontationalist with success and courage, bravado and impatience withstanding.. I think he is being hammered by FOX News high level of neo-evangelical and Catholic interests and does not share the idea that morality can be legislated. Neither do I. He is a man of faith, a Presbyter I think as were 10 or so other Presidents , but likely thinks Jesus came to teach, not run for office and it may be “Killing O’Reilly”, Kelly, Hannity and all the other Evangelicals and Catholics that wanted so badly to run. Goldwater warned people of this exact problem, I think.. Perhaps not.

  5. Suze says:

    Here is a problem for FOX with challenging Trump and essentially slanting any coverage of him, something Breitbart highlighted: “Roger can’t turn back. The entire credibility of Fox as powerbroker rests on Trump being destroyed.”
    So, now as a “credible” news network they have to double down in the hopes they mortally hobble Trump. If his conservative following continues or even if Trump ends up endorsing the eventual nominee like Cruz, FOX is going to suffer in losing conservative viewers. They will need to re brand themselves as the GOP bunch and make room for a now rising conservative network.

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