Donald Trump vs. Fox News: An infinite loop of sadness
Trump is feuding again with the right-wing network, spurring yet another summit with Roger Ailes. But why?
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:
Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he was officially feuding with Fox News. The network, he tweeted, “has been treating me very unfairly & I have therefore decided that I won’t be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future.”
On Thursday, Fox News issued a statement that network chief Roger Ailes will be meeting with Trump to resolve their issues:
“Ailes will be joined by senior Fox editorial executives. Mr. Trump believes he has been treated unfairly in certain instances. Fox News has held every candidate in this race to the highest journalistic standards throughout our coverage. We believe a candid meeting about our differences is required and that any misunderstandings can be handled without compromising those standards.”
Sound familiar? It should, because all of this happened in almost exactly the same way back in August, when Trump went after Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, and then battled with Ailes, and then disappeared from Fox for a bit, and then made up with Ailes, and then came back on the network. Trump has only been a presidential candidate since June, but, like a washed-up rocker, he’s already reheating his greatest hits.
The strange thing about this current feud is that it’s not exactly clear what Trump is mad about. Not that Donald Trump necessarily needs anything specific to get mad about—the man could start a feud with a stuffed animal if he wanted to—but you can usually trace his rage to some vaguely identifiable source. Fox News has speculated that Trump is mad about being bumped from “The O’Reilly Factor,” but that happened after Trump had already been tweeting for days about his displeasure over some amorphous unfairness he’d seen on the network.