If anybody else were President instead of Donald Trump this story would be getting unprecedented attention, but since it is Trump in the White House, his administration almost wants to make it look like this is standard procedure.
It’s no secret that Trump’s rallies were one of the reasons he won the election in 2016. It’s also no secret that cable news networks such as MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News played his rallies almost on repeat because of the viewership they drew in.
Because of all this, Trump got more free media than any other Presidential candidate in that election cycle (and probably more free media than any other Presidential candidate in history).
Throughout his term thus far, the likes of CNN and MSNBC have cut down on the amount of coverage they have been giving to Trump’s rallies. However, Fox News hasn’t – until now that is.
Because of poor ratings, Fox News has decided to drop live coverage of Trump’s rallies, and let’s just say that Trump and his administration isn’t taking too kindly to that. Not only are they not happy about it, but their response seems to indicate that they think they can do something about it.
A White House spokesperson this week promised to “look into” the Fox News decision to cease broadcasting of Trump campaign rallies in full.
According to The Daily Beast, the White House is concerned about losing a key platform just before the midterms. Instead of airing the rallies in their entirety, the network has taken to showing abbreviated clips of the events.
Rallies in recent days have drawn significantly lower ratings, Politico reported. In some cases, Trump rallies have fewer viewers than regular Fox News programming.
A senior White House official reportedly said that White House Communication Director Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive, was expected to be in talks with the network about the decision to nix live Trump rallies.
The officials said that Shine would “look into that.”
Once again, we see Trump and his administration blur the lines of civility and perhaps even legality by “looking into” a private company’s decision to not air Trump’s propaganda. We’ll see how this one plays out.