President Donald Trump lashed out at several Fox News anchors Sunday, writing in a tweet they “should be working” at CNN. It was not clear what prompted Trump’s criticism. Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump’s attack on the hard news side of Fox News comes hours after he called for Jeanine Pirro — the opinion host suspended by the network for suggesting a congresswoman’s hijab meant she was anti-American — to be brought back on air.
Smith, who anchors “Shepard Smith Reporting” on weekdays at 3 p.m., has gone viral multiple times during the Trump administration for pushing back against the president’s inaccurate claims.
Were @FoxNews weekend anchors, @ArthelNeville and @LelandVittert, trained by CNN prior to their ratings collapse? In any event, that’s where they should be working, along with their lowest rated anchor, Shepard Smith!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019
Trying to push out Fox News anchors who are less extreme than Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro would just make the network even less fair and balanced than it already is. It’s also kind of funny Trump is doing this on Twitter rather than behind the scenes with Rupert Murdoch.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 17, 2019
It’s wrong when Trump attacks people at NBC, it’s wrong when he attacks people at CNN, and it’s wrong when he attacks people at Fox. He obviously prefers Fox’s opinion division, but Fox needs more journalists like @ArthelNeville and @LelandVittert and Shep Smith — not fewer
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 17, 2019