Fox News, which prefers to be known as the only conservative news outlet, showed its true colors as just another wing of the establishment in their treatment of leading presidential contender, Donald Trump.
Last night, Trump announced that he would skip the debate hosted on Fox News this Thursday after the news outlet mocked him saying he “feared” news commentator Megyn Kelly.
Fox News was goading the candidate like Don King would hype a boxing match before two rivals.
Trump didn’t fall for it and preferred to pass on the debate and not award the political commentary station with millions of dollars in ad revenue.
After Trump’s announcement, Fox went apoplectic, even releasing a statement that Donald Trumps campaign manager was making terroristic threats to Megyn Kelly.
Here’s their statement:
“As many of our viewers know, FOX News is hosting a sanctioned debate in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday night, three days before the first votes of the 2016 election are cast in the Iowa Caucus. Donald Trump is refusing to debate seven of his fellow presidential candidates on stage that night, which is near unprecedented. We’re not sure how Iowans are going to feel about him walking away from them at the last minute, but it should be clear to the American public by now that this is rooted in one thing – Megyn Kelly, whom he has viciously attacked since August and has now spent four days demanding be removed from the debate stage. Capitulating to politicians’ ultimatums about a debate moderator violates all journalistic standards, as do threats, including the one leveled by Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski toward Megyn Kelly. In a call on Saturday with a Fox News executive, Lewandowski stated that Megyn had a ‘rough couple of days after that last debate’ and he ‘would hate to have her go through that again.’ Lewandowski was warned not to level any more threats, but he continued to do so. We can’t give in to terrorizations toward any of our employees. Trump is still welcome at Thursday night’s debate and will be treated fairly, just as he has been during his 132 appearances on FOX News & FOX Business, but he can’t dictate the moderators or the questions.”
The ridiculous statement is a clear indicator that Fox News is not used to living in the real world were bad acts result in consequences.
But Fox News didn’t stop there. Establishment commentator Brit Hume, whose second wife is a vice president at Fox News had this professional tweet posted on his Twitter feed:
— Brit Hume (@brithume) January 27, 2016
Hume, who according to his wiki page, has never held a job outside of journalism, appears to carry a false sense of hubris, believing that Fox News can do no wrong. Looping back to Kelly, the host looks to be gun shy in taking on Trump directly but doesn’t hesitate to retweet comments of others that bash Trump and promote the Number 2 contender, Ted Cruz:
.@ChrisChristie on Trump: “The American ppl should wonder you know if you’re not willing to show up when everything isn’t going your way…”
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) January 27, 2016
Fox News’ apoplectic and grossly unprofessional reaction to Trump’s decision signals that the organization has lost it’s power and standing with the American public . . . along with ratings that convert to cash.