U.S. President Donald Trump ripped into Fox News on Sunday, hours after the often pro-Trump cable network aired live coverage of fans celebrating the U.S. women’s World Cup team’s victory in France and the crowd began yelling, "Fuck Trump!"
In a series of tweets, Trump attacked the network as worse than “Fake News CNN” - his longtime media foil.
Trump tweeted, “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......
.....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....
...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!”
Sherman’s report came the day before 21st Century Fox sold off large assets to Disney and began trading under a new name — Fox Corp.
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"Donald Trump's alliance with Fox News has been one of the few constants throughout his shambolic presidency," Sherman wrote. "But in recent days, that bond has shown signs of fraying.
"Reporters are telling management that we're being defined by the worst people on our air," Sherman wrote, citing a senior source in Fox News.
Sherman added: "Sources said [Sean] Hannity is angry at the Murdochs' firing of [Roger] Ailes and Bill Shine," and that Hannity believes "the Murdochs are out to get Trump," suggesting he may leave the network in the future.
CNN reported Tuesday that former House Speaker Paul Ryan is joining the board of Fox Corp. Sherman reported that sources in Fox News see the appointment of Ryan and the hiring of ex-DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile as evidence of a shift away from its rigid pro-Trump line.
Trump also tweeted on Sunday an attack on Brazile, “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....
....their lowest rated show. Watch the @FoxNews weekend daytime anchors, who are terrible, go after her big time. That’s what they want - but it sure is not what the audience wants!"