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Trump Blasts CNN and MSNBC for Not Focusing on RNC Roll Call

The cable news networks focused instead on the testimony of the USPS postmaster general

President Donald Trump aired out his grievances with CNN, MSNBC and Fox News in one tweet Monday, angered that none of the cable news networks were covering the Republican National Convention roll call the way he would prefer.

“Incredible that @CNN & MSDNC aren’t covering the Roll Call of States. Fake News! This is what the Republican Party is up against. Also, I’d like to hear the remarks of the Delegates from individual States, rather than @FoxNews anchors. Ridiculous!” wrote the president.

CNN and MSNBC devoted much afternoon coverage instead to the testimony of United States Postal Service postmaster general Louis DeJoy, who faced questioning about his leadership from the House Oversight Committee as the USPS financial crisis continued. Fears over recent cost-cutting measures’ ability to impact mail-in voting during the general election — which is taking place during a pandemic when Americans have been advised to avoid large gatherings, like lines outside polling places — led to the questioning.

Trump had anger for Fox News, too, criticizing his often-preferred channel for allowing on-air talent commentary to provide viewers with context during the RNC event.

All three networks did have some degree of roll call coverage. In a speech broadcast live on the networks’ various platforms Monday, Trump reiterated his attacks on their individual editorial decisions for the day.

One America News, a conservative cable network the president has praised and for which is administration has made numerous allowances in the press briefing room, devoted special coverage to the roll call Monday afternoon, but got no mention from the president.