Donald Trump has taken a rare swipe at Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, complaining about the channel’s weekend coverage.
In a series of tweets attacking some of his favourite targets in the news media, including The New York Times, CNN and NBC, the US president also turned his ire on Fox News, the one news organisation he has repeatedly singled out for praise.
Mr Trump wrote: “Watching @FoxNews weekend anchors is worse than watching low ratings Fake News @CNN, or [NBC chief news presenter] Lyin’ Brian Williams.”
He also claimed Fox News was employing more Democrats, rather than Republicans, and complained it was using The New York Times as a source of information.
He said “@FoxNews, who failed in getting the very BORING Dem debates, is now loading up with Democrats & even using Fake unsourced @nytimes as … a “source” of information.”
“@FoxNews is changing fast, but they forgot the people who got them there!” he added.
Watching @FoxNews weekend anchors is worse than watching low ratings Fake News @CNN, or Lyin’ Brian Williams (remember when he totally fabricated a War Story trying to make himself into a hero, & got fired. A very dishonest journalist!) and the crew of degenerate......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)July 7, 2019
.....Comcast (NBC/MSNBC) Trump haters, who do whatever Brian & Steve tell them to do. Like CNN, NBC is also way down in the ratings. But @FoxNews, who failed in getting the very BORING Dem debates, is now loading up with Democrats & even using Fake unsourced @nytimes as....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)July 7, 2019
...a “source” of information (ask the Times what they paid for the Boston Globe, & what they sold it for (lost 1.5 Billion Dollars), or their old headquarters building disaster, or their unfunded liability? @FoxNews is changing fast, but they forgot the people who got them there!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)July 7, 2019
It is unclear exactly what prompted Mr Trump’s outburst, but he followed the series of tweets on Sunday night, with more aimed at former CNN commentator Donna Brazile, who Fox has hired.
Impossible to believe that @FoxNews has hired @donnabrazile, the person fired by @CNN (after they tried to hide the bad facts, & failed) for giving Crooked Hillary Clinton the questions to a debate, something unimaginable. Now she is all over Fox, including Shep Smith, by far....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)July 8, 2019
It also comes after Fox News broadcast a live segment over the weekend in which US football fans in France were heard chanting “F*** Trump”, repeatedly while celebrating America’s women’s football team’s world cup victory.
Last month Mr Trump also lashed out at Fox News after the network broadcast the result of the political polls which put Mr Trump behind Democrat candidates as favourite for president.
Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg were all also ahead of Mr Trump.
In a tweet the US president described it as “fake news” and said “something weird” was “going on at Fox”, and he attacked Bret Baier, the network’s chief political anchor.