A history of Donald Trump vs. Fox News
January 28, 2016
The big talk heading into Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate on Fox News Channel revolved around someone who wasn’t even there.
That would be Donald Trump, of course, who this week brought his feud with the media–and specifically FNC–to a new level when he decided not to participate in Thursday’s debate.
Trump reiterated his decision on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Wednesday night, once again blaming his decision on network personality Megyn Kelly.
“I have zero respect for Megyn Kelly, I don’t think she’s very good at what she does, I think she’s highly overrated,” Trump told O’Reilly.
How did it all go wrong between the right-leaning network and the leading Republican presidential candidate? Here’s a brief rundown of the rift between Trump and Fox News:
– In August, Fox News set records for the first Republican debate, bringing in 24 million total viewers, roughly eight times the number for the first Republican primary debate for the 2012 election.
– During that debate Trump was upset over Kelly’s line of questioning about his previous comments on women, later telling CNN, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.” Trump later denied he was blaming hormones for Kelly’s questions.
– Both Trump and Kelly over the following weeks took snipes at each other through both TV and social media.
– Realizing he was a big reason the Republican debates were drawing strong viewership, Trump threatened Fox News rival CNN that he wouldn’t show up for a debate in December unless he was paid $5 million. He debated anyway.
– “Let’s see how much money Fox is going to make on the debate without me,” Trump said earlier this week after pulling out of the debate. “They can’t toy with me like they toy with everybody else. So let them have their debate, and let’s see how they do with the ratings.”
Is Trump really angry at Kelly? Is he really angry at Fox News?
The real intent of the squabbling has been to keep Trump’s name in the news, and Trump has succeeded in doing just that. By refusing to attend the debate, he’s positioned himself as more important–and more powerful–that Fox News.
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