President Trump has cultivated an us-against-the-world mentality from the minute he descended the escalator to announce his candidacy. This tack has served him well at times, and he can use it to fire up his base – many of whom feel the same way.
Other times, this attitude isn’t a good look. Take Wednesday night for example, when Trump went on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News and managed to criticize certain elements of the network for their lack of loyalty.
Here are a few excerpts:
“You have some great people, you have Rush, who is doing I hear really well, much better and Mark Levin. We have a lot of support. You would be amazed, we have a lot of support. The great Lou Dobbs, so many people we have as supporters out of just our Fox News, which, you know, I have my own little difficulties with, if you want to know the truth.”
Trump ripped the network for featuring “inappropriate” people on its air who say “very, very false things.”
The commander-in-chief then doled out the highest of insults among conservatives, billing the network an outfit looking to be “politically correct.”
“They put people on I think are inappropriate and say very, very false things and people don’t challenge them. I think they’re trying to be very politically correct or ‘fair and balanced,’ right, is the term.”
Hannity responded with a chuckle and the affirmative “yeah.”
“But I think they hurt themselves if you want to know the truth,” Trump concluded.
Trump shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Fox News has carried the “Fair and Balanced” line, which means that the president has received more favorable coverage than he has anywhere else. But it also means that they’re going to call balls and strikes on his administration.
Fox News also does a good job keeping its news and opinion products distinct. It could be much worse. The president could receive the coverage he gets from pretty much every other mainstream media outlet.
This isn’t a good look for Trump because it looks like he’s biting the hand that feeds him. Hopefully he’ll think twice next time and keep thoughts like these to himself – but I doubt it.