And Still More Trump/FNC Posturing…

New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman writes about the latest in the FNC/Trump “feud”…

Both sides are posturing to save face. Yesterday a Fox statement called Trump’s boycott “stale and tiresome.” But a source close to the Trump campaign told me that Trump thinks he has the leverage. Trump has been hearing from Fox hosts who are worried that his boycott will hurt ratings.

And which “Fox hosts” would that be anyways? Most are probably annoyed with what’s been going on. There’s only one I can think of who might be worried about Trump not being on FNC and who has shown the most tepid public response to all this warfare and that’s Hannity.

And then there’s this…

As an Ailes friend told me today: “Roger can’t turn back. The entire credibility of Fox as powerbroker rests on Trump being destroyed.”

That’s way overstating things. First of all, Trump getting “destroyed” won’t happen, if it happens, because of FNC alone. It will have more to do with Trump imploding as he picks fights with every network that doesn’t give him fawning coverage. Second, FNC’s credibility as powerbroker, if it exists (and that’s a debatable subject), doesn’t rest on what happens with Trump but how FNC conducts itself throughout the entire 2016 campaign.

But this source is right about one thing. Roger Ailes can’t turn back. He must hold firm. But he must hold firm for the sake of his network as a news operation and the people who work there…especially the ones Trump has attacked.

7 Responses to “And Still More Trump/FNC Posturing…”

  1. […] ICN somewhat unconvinced by Sherman’s latest ‘sources say‘ scoop. […]

  2. “As an Ailes friend told me today: “Roger can’t turn back. The entire credibility of Fox as powerbroker rests on Trump being destroyed.”

    How many people think that Roger Ailes’ friends talk to Gabe Sherman? Bueller? Bueller? An acquaintance maybe, friend no. An ousted employee with an ax to grind? Maybe.

    Sherman is truly a sad human being and it shows you how much the main stream media hate Fox to think that The New Yorker keeps a guy on the payroll that writes pretty much exclusively negative things about Fox. It must be good for their bottom line, because nothing else makes sense.

  3. therealroyalking Says:

    You have to admit that Sherman is thought-provoking, even if he is routinely dismissed out of hand by the rabidly defensive and reflexive FOX fans. I’m not sure he is correct in his speculation about Ailes’ motivation here, but his argument is reasonable. It has more than an air of plausibility to it. Certainly, FOX is off to a very, very bad start this campaign cycle. It has made a number of serious mistakes, from Kelly having targeted Trump in the first “debate”, and in doing so letting him dominate it, to Baier’s idiotic “show of hands” redux. Then, all the tawdry bickering back and forth with Trump. I should think the cycle as a whole may well balance itself out, but Ailes is right to be concerned about what has unfolded to date. I can’t say I blame him for crawling to Trump.

  4. “There’s only one I can think of who might be worried about Trump not being on FNC and who has shown the most tepid public response to all this warfare and that’s Hannity.”

    ^^Don’t forget the F&F trio. They are Trump sycophants as well as Hannity.

    “But this source is right about one thing. Roger Ailes can’t turn back.”

    ^^Sure he can. There’s already a meeting between Trump and Ailes in the works. I expect Trump will be back on FNC some time next week – probably on Billo’s show.

    “Trump getting “destroyed” won’t happen, if it happens, because of FNC alone.”

    ^^Trump is unlikely to be “destroyed” by FNC or any other media organization. He’s much more likely to ‘implode’ under the weight of his own ego and thin skin. The media, including FNC, will all cover that fall with the same amazement and wonder it has covered his rise.

  5. But a source close to the Trump campaign told me that Trump thinks he has the leverage.

    Really? Your source close to Trump says that Trump thinks he has the leverage? Wow. I wouldn’t have thought that. Normally he seems so humble and meek.

    Good. Job. Gabe. Sherman.

    Just fodder for people who think FNC’s booming ratings have been bad for them this election cycle.

  6. I’d throw Bolling in that mix as well, he’s been a big-time Trump defender throughout the whole campaign.

  7. Chuck Todd starts his new show tomorrow – MTP-Daily. I wonder if the format will be MTP lite? I hope it’s less pols and pundits than the Sunday show and more media and analysis of polls and political strategy by experts. But that’s just me.

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