The relationship between Fox News and former president Donald Trump is under scrutiny following a recent article in The New York Times.
The Times said that on April 13, Trump conducted a phone interview with Sean Hannity, the host of Fox News, on his most recent appearance on the network.
Additionally, during that lengthy discussion, which covered a variety of topics, host Hannity attempted to steer Trump toward making specific claims when he gave clear answers.
Trump said, “I got along with them well. That doesn’t mean they are good people. that doesn’t mean anything other than the fact that I understood them, and perhaps they understood me. Maybe they understood me even better, that’s OK, because they new there would be a big penalty,” when asked how he got along with Putin.
“We got along, but you knew that they were looking out for their interests at all times,” Hannity continued, “but I want to understand your thinking.”
Trump responded, “100%,” to which.
But Hannity persisted in making demands, perhaps attempting to influence Trump’s speech.
And while outlining a variety of issues facing the country in the interview, Trump said that they would not have arisen “had we won this election, which we did.”
Up until Sunday morning, that was the final time he was featured in a Fox News interview.
The Times supported its claim that there was a rift between Trump and Fox News by pointing out how frequently the network had the opportunity to interview Trump but chose not to do so.
According to the Friday story, Trump hadn’t been interviewed on Fox News for more than 100 days.
Fox News had developed into Donald Trump’s preferred network during his time as president for communicating his viewpoint to the general public.
For instance, the study pointed out that Fox News chose to interview a different potential candidate instead of airing Trump’s July 22 event during which he said, “We may have to do it again,” in reference to running for president in 2024.
Instead, Fox News host Laura Ingraham spoke with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. A few days later, Tucker Carlson spoke with DeSantis once more.
Trump’s address at a conservative event in Washington, D.C., last week was remarkable since it was his first public appearance in the city since he left the White House in 2020. However, Fox News chose not to air it.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Fox News instead carried a speech that former Vice President Mike Pence made in Florida on the same day as Trump’s speech.
The Times quoted “two people who have spoken to him recently,” whom the outlet did not name, as stating that Trump believes Fox News is deliberately ignoring him.
Why would this be, when conservative Fox News has covered Trump completely in the past?