Trump said Fox News is simply “not watchable” during weekend afternoons. “It is worse than Fake News,” the president tweeted, on a day when his timeline was mostly filled with condolence messages about the passing of his younger brother Robert the night before.
Not only did Trump slam Fox News’ coverage, but he also offered supporters advice about what they should be watching instead. “I strongly suggest turning your dial to OANN. They do a really ‘Fair & Balanced’ job!” he wrote, awarding Fox’s famous slogan to the conservative One America News Network, a network he has promoted in the past.
Though Fox News employs some of the president’s staunchest media supporters, like Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity, Trump has nevertheless slammed the network in recent years. However, his attacks have gotten harsher as he's begun promoting networks like OANN over Fox News in specific time slots.
Trump has been especially disapproving of the network’s weekend anchors. Chris Wallace, who has been notably more critical of the president than many other personalities on the network, hosts ‘Fox News Sunday’.
Last month, Trump said Fox News had changed in recent years and “forgot who got them where they are.” In May, he said the network was not the same after the resignation of its late CEO Roger Ailes in 2016 amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Trump said at the time he was “looking for a new outlet.”
The conservative OANN began trending almost immediately after earning the seal of approval from Trump, setting off another battle between his critics and supporters.
Many on the left slammed the endorsement and OANN as a “far-right” conspiracy news organization, while some conservatives seemed happy to change the channel.
Others, however, were more concerned by the fact that Trump was tweeting about what to watch on a Sunday afternoon mere hours after his brother’s passing.