A former Fox News host delivered a brutal assessment of the cable news channel he once called home, claiming the network has turned into “Trump News Network.”
Andy Levy, the former host of Fox News’ Red Eye, was responding to Trump’s tweet calling for a contest between media organizations—not including Fox News—to see who could win the “FAKE NEWS TROPHY” for “the most dishonest, corrupt and or/distorted” coverage.
— SE Cupp Unfiltered (@UnfilteredSE) November 28, 2017
“[Trump] should never view a media outlet as being on his side,” Levy told HLN’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered. “And the whole thing is sad, and Fox News should disavow it but it kinda can’t, cause with a couple of exceptions, they have backed themselves into this corner and now they’re the Trump News Network and that’s their lifeblood.”
“The people who should be the most embarrassed by this are the ones at Fox News and I suspect a solid handful of them are,” Levy said. “The press is not supposed to be on the side of people in power ever. The press is supposed to be adversarial, the press is supposed to question, the press is not supposed to curry favor with authority.”
“A lot of people in the media kind of forgot that during the Obama administration. And that was pathetic. And now, for the media people who are kissing Trump’s butt,” Levy said.
He added: “The president should never like a media outlet, in the sense that he knows he’s always going to get favorable coverage. A president should respect that media outlets are doing their job, or at least respect they have an important job to do.”
President Donald Trump sat down with Fox News’s Laura Ingraham earlier this month, marking his 20th interview with Fox News or Fox Business since becoming president of the United States.
The last time Trump appeared on a major news network that wasn’t Fox was in May when he was interviewed by NBC’s Lester Holt in the wake of the president’s controversial dismissal of then–FBI Director James Comey.
During that interview, Trump called Comey a “showboat” and said he was thinking of “this Russia thing” when he decided to fire Comey, who had been leading the bureau’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Trump has not been on ABC since January, CBS since early May and has not appeared on CNN or CNBC since the presidential campaign was ongoing in August 2016.