President Donald Trump expressed outrage at the media in a series of tweets early Wednesday morning, bashing CNN and MSNBC while praising Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends.”
CNN and MSNBC have been aggressive in covering Trump, quick to point out falsehoods coming from the White House, while Fox News appears to be friendlier to the administration. The opinion-based primetime lineup on Fox News features Trump allies such as the conservative Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, but the network’s straight news midday programming has been critical of Trump.
Trump’s attacks weren’t only directed at cable news networks. Newspapers got their share of criticism, too.
It seems that Trump is worked up over a Tuesday night report by the New York Times that members of his campaign team and their associates had repeated contact with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the presidential election.
The communication was detected by American law enforcement and intelligence agencies around the time it came to light that Russia was trying to hack the Democratic National Committee, three officials said, according to the Times.
Meanwhile, Trump also thanked a Bloomberg reporter who wrote a positive article about the situation.
Attacking the media on Twitter is nothing new for Trump, who has referred to the mainstream media as the “opposition party.” Recently, CNN’s Anderson Cooper joked that Trump watches too much cable news.
“He watches me on CNN more than my mom watches me on CNN,” Cooper said on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”