It’s pretty much a given that President Donald Trump watches a lot of Fox News. And Geraldo Rivera briefly reflected on that during Fox & Friends––possibly the Fox show Trump watches the most often––this morning.
Rivera spoke with the hosts about the Russia investigations and the ongoing feud between the White House and the press, particularly this week over on-camera briefings.
He agreed that the briefings have become a “reality show,” but he also made a point to address something about how both Barack Obama and Donald Trump “play favorites” when it comes to dealing with the press:
“What is happening, though, is something unprecedented. President Obama played favorites in the media, but it is nothing as obvious and as specific as you are seeing now. President Trump, in a very public way, has suggested that everybody but us [Fox News] is fake, that everybody but us is out to get him. He may be absolutely accurate, because you hear CNN––I mean, some of it, it is sometimes the Clinton News Network. But I think that it is extraordinary and it’ll be interesting going forward how we as a network deal with the fact that we are now the designated venue of choice for the President of the United States.”
One of the criticisms of Fox News recently––including yesterday from Mediaite’s own Colby Hall––is that the network (or, at least, the shows that the President frequently watches or appears on) is acting as state-run television for the Trump White House.
CNN chief Jeff Zucker recently took a shot at Fox for being “state-run TV,” and after playing a clip of Trump’s Fox & Friends interview yesterday, CNN’s John King briefly snarked about it (emphasis added):
PRESIDENT TRUMP: My story didn’t change. My story was always a straight story. My story was always the truth. But you’ll have to determine for yourself whether or not his story changed. But I did not tape.
AINSLEY EARHARDT: It was a smart way to make sure he stayed honest in those hearings.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, it wasn’t very stupid, I can tell you that. He did admit that what I said was right. And if you look further back, before he heard about that, I think maybe he wasn’t admitting that, so you’ll have to do a little investigative reporting.
JOHN KING: Well, let’s set aside the tough, probing questions on state TV there…
You can watch the remarks from Rivera and King above, via Fox News and CNN.
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