Ever since he decided to run for president, Fox News has been one of Donald Trump’s biggest cheerleaders, devoting fawning coverage to him and defending even his most revolting actions and statements. In return, President Trump has granted the network exclusive interviews and even praised them via Twitter, declaring them the only news outlet that isn’t, in his words, “fake news.”
But the honeymoon may be over.
After Fox released a poll this week showing that President Trump’s approval rating has now fallen to 40 percent (compared to 53 percent disapproving), Fox viewers who support the president began calling Fox “fake news.”
Fox News host and media critic Howard Kurtz has some thoughts on why his network has fallen out of favor with Trumpkins, and in a column he wrote, Kurtz noted:
“Many are so persuaded that the media establishment has it in for Trump that they don’t want to hear contrary information. They are tuning it out. I know this because of the comments I get if I analyze anything from, say, the New York Times or Washington Post, even if the stories turn out to be true. And Fox News is no longer immune to these complaints.”
Now, Kurtz continued, Trump fans can go to web sites which reinforce their own personal beliefs and support the president no matter what he does:
“The troubling thing here is that we no longer agree on a common set of facts. Conservatives and liberals are increasingly in their own silos, turning to their own opinionated media sources and constructing their Facebook and Twitter feeds the same way. If everything is fake news, then the role of news in fostering intelligent debate is decimated.”
Intelligent debate with Trump supporters who consider him second only to God? Good luck with that! You cannot hope to debate the uninformed who consistently refuse to listen to fact or reason. If Fox winds up dying as a result, so much the better.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org