Trump’s briefing-alternative included bold counteroffensive: ‘No respect for people running Fox News’

President Trump is stepping up his game against fake news. On Sunday, he fired off a barrage of tweets calling out the “Lamestream Media” for their baseless deceptions and for aiming to “create the perception of chaos & havoc in the minds of the public.”

Conflicts between the White House and the “fake-news” press corps have been ongoing from the very beginning, but as the 2020 election draws closer, the left’s desperation is becoming more pronounced. Meanwhile, Trump is not backing down. The president began his counteroffensive on Saturday and picked up where he left off on Sunday.

Fox News and the New York Times were in the crosshairs yesterday.

Absent the daily coronavirus news briefing for the second day in a row, Trump took to Twitter to respond to an unsourced New York Times story that implied he was “glum” and that his aides work to “keep him engaged.”

“The people that know me and know the history of our Country say that I am the hardest working President in history,” the president wrote. “I don’t know about that, but I am a hard worker and have probably gotten more done in the first 3 1/2 years than any President in history. The Fake News hates it!”

Trump supporters would strongly agree that truer words have never been tweeted.

He followed that with: “I work from early in the morning until late at night, haven’t left the White House in many months (except to launch Hospital Ship Comfort) in order to take care of Trade Deals, Military Rebuilding etc., and then I read a phony story in the failing @nytimes about my work….schedule and eating habits, written by a third-rate reporter who knows nothing about me. I will often be in the Oval Office late into the night & read & see that I am angrily eating a hamburger & Diet Coke in my bedroom. People with me are always stunned. Anything to demean!”

Hours later, Trump redirected his fire and said that he has “No respect for the people running @FoxNews” and that he wants a conservative news “alternative” to the increasingly mediocre network conservatives have turned to.

“FoxNews just doesn’t get what’s happening!” the president wrote. “They are being fed Democrat talking points, and they play them without hesitation or research. They forgot that Fake News @CNN & MSDNC wouldn’t let @FoxNews participate, even a little bit, in the poor ratings Democrat Debates…..”

“….Even the Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats laughed at the Fox suggestion,” he continued. “No respect for the people running @FoxNews. But Fox keeps on plugging to try and become politically correct. They put RINO Paul Ryan on their Board. They hire ‘debate questions to Crooked Hillary’…. fraud @donnabrazile (and others who are even worse). Chris Wallace is nastier to Republicans than even Deface the Nation or Sleepy Eyes. The people who are watching @FoxNews, in record numbers (thank you President Trump), are angry. They want an alternative now. So do I!”

“Deface the Nation” is an obvious reference to the weekly CBS News program. “Sleepy Eyes” is a less familiar nickname coined by Trump recently for NBC’s Chuck Todd …

Trump also denied rumors being reported by the news media that HHS Secretary Alex Azar was going to be fired. “Reports that H.H.S. Secretary @AlexAzar is going to be “fired” by me are Fake News. The Lamestream Media knows this, but they are desperate to create the perception of chaos & havoc in the minds of the public. They never even called to ask. Alex is doing an excellent job!” Trump wrote.

A series of three other “sarcastic” tweets by Trump in which he roasted reporters who “received Noble Prizes for their work on Russia, Russia, Russia, only to have been proven wrong (and, in fact, it was the other side who committed the crimes)” were deleted after an uproar over the misspelling of the Nobel prize and that the Pulitzer is actually the prize awarded to journalists.

Trump replaced those tweets with his lament over people missing the sarcasm he said he was expressing …


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