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Saturday, October 22, 2016

How is Fox News supposed to run a conservative news channel, if the Republican frontrunner declares that he’s not going to appear on the network anymore?

Donald Trump tweeted this message on Wednesday:

A representative for Fox News gave this statement to Business Insider, saying that they were the ones who canceled Trump’s appearances — because of his awful behavior:

At 11:45am today, we canceled Donald Trump’s scheduled appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Thursday, which resulted in Mr. Trump’s subsequent tweet about his “boycott” of FOX News. The press predictably jumped to cover his tweet, creating yet another distraction from any real issues that Mr. Trump might be questioned about. When coverage doesn’t go his way, he engages in personal attacks on our anchors and hosts, which has grown stale and tiresome. He doesn’t seem to grasp that candidates telling journalists what to ask is not how the media works in this country.

In response the Trump campaign put out this press release, slamming Fox News for mistreating the top Republican candidate who has been netting the network such tremendous ratings:

Mr. Trump stands by his statement made earlier today. As a candidate for President of the United States and the definitive front runner in every poll, both nationally and state wide, including the just released poll in the state of Florida, Mr. Trump expects to be treated fairly. All you have to do is look at the tremendous ratings last night from the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where Mr. Trump was the guest, or the ratings from both debates, to fully understand the facts.

The Donald has been back to tweeting against Megyn Kelly, his Fox News nemesis whom he previously remarked had “blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her — wherever.” Trump’s new complaint regarding Kelly is that there’s a double standard on sexism:

Note: Fox News has said that Megyn Kelly’s previous vacation, which Trump has teased at before, was indeed regularly scheduled. It may be that Trump was set off by this segment Tuesday night from Kelly. In an interview with Bobby Jindal, she asked about Scott Walker’s withdrawal from the race, and his declaration that other candidates should do likewise in order to unite against “the current frontrunner” Trump. She essentially asked the low-polling Jindal, who has been particularly loud in his criticisms of Trump, whether he would drop out too. That discussion comes in the second half of the interview below.

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on the USS Iowa in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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  • Daniel Jones

    I wonder when the Rupie Squad will start freaking out on realizing their network has something in common with Univision.

  • Dan Pantz

    It’s like watching a snake eat its tail, which is great fun when you really don’t care for snakes.

    • Dominick Vila

      This is just a ploy to attract attention. By next week, both sides will say that they have clarified their positions, and that they love each other dearly.

  • @HawaiianTater

    Trump going to war with Fox News is just more evidence that he is a secret Democrat working to keep the GOP out of the WH.

    • 4chewnut

      Oh indeed, but it could be even worse than you can think.. imagine every Republican candidate.. not just one or two, but the entire lot.. all plants.

      • Well, I could name a hand full of honest rep politicians who could actually make a good run of it but it seems the Koch’s and other money bags keep dredging up from the bottom of the barrel so yes, even in it’s improbability it does seem that the GOP is swallowing itself whole, possibly as a prideful effort to bow out in style as it seems they don’t even like each other’s B.S. any more.

    • DAK27

      Hey, anything that keeps a Republican out of the Whitehouse is a good thing for this country. ANYTHING.

      • @HawaiianTater

        You’ve got that right, brother!

    • Dominick Vila

      That thought crossed my mind more than once. Considering his old comments about abortion, and other matters, that probability is not as far fetched as some think.

      • @HawaiianTater

        He’s old friends with the Clintons.
        They were at his wedding.
        He talked to Bill 2 weeks before announcing his candidacy.
        He has gone to war with Fox News, THE GOP propaganda machine.
        He has exposed just how racist their base is.
        He has historically held liberal views. (pro-choice, universal healthcare, etc.)
        He has attacked every single GOP candidate that could win.
        He’s pissed off the minority base, which the GOP can’t win without.
        He’s created a GOP civil war between the base and the establishment.

        I could go on…

        Literally, everything he has done has made the GOP look as bad as possible. Is it all a coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not. Regardless of whether or not he is doing it on purpose, he is effectively poisoning any chance they had at winning the WH. I don’t think they had a good chance to begin with but after Trump, the election next year could very well be a landslide in favor of whoever gets the Dem nom. Even if he doesn’t get the nom, he has done so much damage that whoever survives that primary will not look good going into the general election. And for that, I think we can all be grateful for The Donald.

        • The lucky one

          That all makes sense but ego can make people do odd things and Trump has possibly the most over-inflated ego in history

        • Karen Bille-Golden

          Like I’ve said before, keep him in the race until we hear the toilet flush sending the GOP brand down the drain. It’s a real possibility he is the one with his hand poised over the flusher, intentionally or not.

  • bobnstuff

    I wonder if Fox will send Trump a thank you note for no longer calling them just to tell them how great he is.

  • Dominick Vila

    We know we are dealing with a scum bag and an empty suit when even FOX rejects his candidacy.

    • 1standlastword

      No Dominick….Trump is running as a republican. He is the hyperbolic expression republican party values. The party as a whole is nothing but empty suits and FOX has been playing the game providing them with cover all these years. Now that they don’t like Trump not because he is one of them but because he is not willing to play nice until he’s elected which is what the formula has been for GOP PIGS since before Trump!!!!

      • Dominick Vila

        The spat between Trump and FOX is a publicity stunt. They will makeup publicly in the not too distant future, and will continue to work together to advance Republican orthodoxy and interests. What surprises me are the savage attacks against other Republicans, and at times against Republican values, by The Donald.

  • John Murchison

    It seems like an all you can eat buffet of silly self-destructive nonsense. Best of all The entire republican party has to sit there and eat all the noxious crud they’ve been force feeding us for years. It gives me great pleasure to watch each of them hold their noses and take yet another bite.

  • yabbed

    The right wingers have created a monster in Trump and he’s running with his power over the conservative infrastructure. It’s great fun for the rest of us to watch the debacle.

  • Alvin Harrison


    I really do feel sorry for the GOP….but I am laughing daily at their useless antics as the try to silence the Donald. They created the climate of hate and distrust that let the Trump genie out of the bottle….and they can’t seem to get him back in.

    Trump will not go away. He is a power hungry megalomaniac and all this attention feeds his ego like nothing has so far….he is loving this. I am afraid the GOP will have to back him or get clobbered in the end by the way he has cut the nut jobs out of the GOP herd. Without Trump’s 24% of GOP backers, 2016 is a no win situation. Trump is like the kid who owns the ball….unless he is quarterback he will not play….and he will not let them use his ball.

    But this is of the GOP’s making….they whipped up that 24% to a frenzy over the last 8 years with their plan to generate a backlash against the President and the Democrats…and it has come home to roost. What is the solution to the GOP’s dilemma….There is none short of Trumps untimely demise. The monster smells blood and nothing will stop him.

    So….the Democrats can feel pretty good about the upcoming Presidential election. As long as Trump is around he will divide the GOP and ensure that every person that is a Democrat comes out to vote…against him.

    I read an article that compared our laughing at Trump with those who laughed at Hitler and Mussolini…..there is one difference…..most Americans can see the foolishness that the Donald speaks for what it is…foolishness. The Frankenstein monster was run out of the village by the townspeople…we will have to come to the rescue once more.

  • 1standlastword

    Donald Trump is proof that the universe has turned against the republican party!