Donald Trump finds that Fox News hasn't been treating him in a "fair and balanced" way for some time, and on Wednesday he took to his Twitter account to announce that he's decided to boycott the network.
On Tuesday night, Trump slammed O'Reilly's popular show for being "very negative to me in refusing to post the great polls that came out," also stating that:
In another tweet
, Trump said "The O'Reilly Factor" was "boring," chiding him for not having "some knowledgeable talking heads on our show for a change instead of the same old Trump haters."
In statement posted on Twitter
by CNN's senior media correspondent Brian Stelter, Fox said Trump's boycott stems from the network cancelling a scheduled appearance by him.
"When coverage doesn't go his way, he engages in personal attacks on our anchors and hosts, which has grown stale and tiresome," the statement says.
But later in the afternoon, Trump's team released another statement countering the Fox statement: "Mr. Trump stands by his statement made earlier today. As a candidate for President of the United States and the definitive front runner in every poll, both nationally and state wide, including the just released poll in the state of Florida, Mr. Trump expects to be treated fairly. All you have to do is look at the tremendous ratings last night from the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where Mr. Trump was the guest, or the ratings from both debates, to fully understand the facts."
Trump's feud with Kelly
erupted after he objected to her questions during last month's Fox News presidential debate. The GOP frontrunner on Wednesday went after Kelly again on Twitter, calling her a "lightweight" and suggesting she needed another vacation.
O'Reilly, on Tuesday's Today
show, was taking Trump's tweets in stride.
"And then, you know, this machine, this tweeting thing, that's like the worst thing you could give Donald Trump, is this tweeting thing," O'Reilly said. "So I just think this is just a extension of his reality show, 'The Apprentice.' This is just theater right now. … The personal stuff is a piffle."
Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics.
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