Fox News is giving fairly decent coverage to Democratic 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg, and that makes the baby Donald Trump cry. He lashed out at Fox this evening in response, and by the time it was over, even one of Trump’s favorite Fox News flunkies was lashing out at him in return.
It all started when Donald Trump posted this childlike tweet: “Hard to believe that Fox News is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him. Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems. They got dumped from the Democrats boring debates, and they just want in. They forgot the people who got them there. Chris Wallace said, “I actually think, whether you like his opinions or not, that Mayor Pete has a lot of substance…fascinating biography.” Gee, he never speaks well of me – I like Mike Wallace better…and Alfred E. Newman will never be President!”
The trouble is, even the worst of propagandists at Fox News are well aware that because Chris Wallace generally tries to do his job like a real journalist, it gives the rest of the network some cover to do whatever it wants. So if you attack Wallace, like Trump did, you’re going to see some Fox personalities circle the wagon.
Sure enough, Brit Hume – whose apparent sole job at Fox News is to dishonestly pander to Trump supporters – decided he’d had enough of Trump’s crap. He tweeted this message to Donald Trump: “Say this for Buttigieg. He’s willing to be questioned by Chris Wallace, something you’ve barely done since you’ve been president. Oh, and covering candidates of both parties is part of the job of a news channel.” Trump is angering his allies, at precisely the wrong time.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report