For a second there it looked like Donald Trump and Fox News had made amends, but alas — it isn’t so. On Wednesday, the Donald took to Twitter (of course) to reignite the feud, explaining that he’s now elevated his spat with the network to a full-on boycott:
“@FoxNews has been treating me very unfairly & I have therefore decided that I won’t be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future,” Mr. Trump wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday.
Not long after, Fox News explained that Trump was throwing a hissy fit about his appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” being canceled:
“At 11:45 a.m. today, we canceled Donald Trump’s scheduled appearance on The O’Reilly Factor on Thursday, which resulted in Mr. Trump’s subsequent tweet about his boycott of Fox News,” a Fox spokesperson said in a statement. “The press predictably jumped to cover his tweet, creating yet another distraction from any real issues that Mr. Trump might be questioned about.”
As for Bill O’Reilly, he essentially said that Trump just can’t take the heat of being a political candidate:
“He wants people to like him. When people criticize him, he takes it personally. And then, you know, this machine, this tweeting thing, that’s like the worst thing you could give Donald Trump is this tweeting thing,” Mr. O’Reilly told NBC’s Matt Lauer on “Today.” “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.”
The Fox spokesperson agreed: “When coverage doesn’t go his way, he engages in personal attacks on our anchors and hosts, which has grown stale and tiresome. He doesn’t seem to grasp that candidates telling journalists what to ask is not how the media works in this country.”
So, at least for now, it looks like Trump’s inflammatory views will be relegated to that “tweeting thing.”