‘We don’t work for you’
WASHINGTON — Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto chastised President Donald Trump on Thursday after the Trump tweeted that “Fox isn’t working for us anymore” in a series of tweets in which he also said the network of “promoting the Democrats through their DNC Communications Director, spewing out whatever she wanted with zero pushback by anchor, @SandraSmithFox.”
Over the past couple of weeks, Trump has increasingly blasted Fox News’ coverage, being especially critical of anchor Shepard Smith and analyst Juan Williams, calling them “hopeless and clueless.”
Cavuto began the segment by saying it’s “weird” that the president is getting “sick” of the network, because he believes Trump gets “pretty fair coverage at Fox.”
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Cavuto curtly responded, “First of all, Mr. President, we don’t work for you. I don’t work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you, just report on you. Call balls and strikes on you. My job, Mr. President, our job here, is to keep the scores, not settle scores.”
“It is called being fair and balanced, Mr. President, yet it is fair to say you’re not a fan when that balance includes stuff you don’t like to hear or facts you don’t like to have questioned,” Cavuto continued.
The anchor then went onto list things that Trump has done or said that has been fact-checked, including: a top Trump trade adviser calling tariffs a “wonderful thing,” Trump saying Mexico would pay for a wall on the southern border, Trump flip-flopping on gun background checks, Trump ordering former White House counsel Don McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, and Trump seeming to publicly calling into question the conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
“These aren’t fake items, they’re real items and you really said them,” Cavuto stated.
“Just like you never paid to silence a porn star until it turns out you did,” Cavuto said as a photo of Stormy Daniels was displayed.
“Fake is when it’s wrong, Mr. President.” Cavuto stated. “Not when it’s unpleasant,” and continued to refer to Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tape where he can be heard telling host Billy Bush that because of his celebrity he is able to grope and kiss women without consent. When he sees attractive women, “I just start kissing them,” Trump said in the recording. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
“Hard as it is to fathom, Mr. President, just because you’re the leader of the free world, doesn’t entitle you to a free pass, just a free press. Goodnight,” Cavuto finished.
DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa was on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” to discuss the Democratic race, as Wednesday was the last day that candidates could meet the polling requirements to be included in the upcoming Democratic primary debate in September.
Trump criticized Fox News for giving Hinojosa a platform despite the Democratic National Committee not allowing the cable network to host a debate.
Last week, Fox News announced that former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Sanders would be joining Fox News as a contributor.