Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump will be working with Fox after all.
Less than a week after publicly declaring he wouldn’t be “doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future,” Trump is scheduled to appear with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor” Tuesday to handle questions about the economy and “if the media treats him fairly.”
Considering the history between Trump and Fox since the Aug. 6 primary presidential debate – and Trump’s ensuing public tangle with Fox News host Megyn Kelly – it should be interesting.
It could also be productive, because a boycott wasn’t helping anybody. Trump’s political base and the Fox viewer base overlap too much — it wasn’t an accident that Fox had the first Republican primary debate.
It’s not that they need each other necessarily — Fox was the No. 1 cable news network long before Trump announced his candidacy; Trump could get big ratings on the Home Shopping Network if he wanted to. But for the two to be working at cross purposes is absurd (and an MSNBC dream.)
Since Trump declared his boycott, Fox announced that the network’s chairman and chief executive Roger Ailes and other Fox executives will be meeting with the billionaire politician to try to smooth things over, but no date has been announced.
Maybe the O’Reilly factor appearance is a good start, though.
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