Trump didn’t much like the Townhall Fox put on for a would-be 2020 nominee… and he let loose on them for it.
FoxNews, which, tilts right for its opinion and analysis, but tries to play their reporting down the middle (you might even say ‘Fair & Balanced’) had ‘Mayor’ Pete Buttigieg on for a town hall special over the weekend.
The audience was packed with supporters, and he took some questions, but Buttigeig was not pressed particularly hard with the follow-ups.
And he wasn’t even especially gracious as a guest on Fox, taking some cheap potshots at the opinion hosts:
Buttigieg on decision to appear on a Fox News town hall. pic.twitter.com/oZATSW1u3Z
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 20, 2019
He got a warm reception and a standing ovation (which you’d expect from his supporters). And he so impressed Joe Scarborough that Joe nearly wet his diaper fawning over him:
"I've seen the future of the Democratic Party, and it's Mayor Pete." — @JoeNBC commenting on Pete Buttigieg's Fox News town hall and referencing rock critic Jon Landau's assessment of Bruce Springsteen in 1974. https://t.co/oAWU5WV3SA pic.twitter.com/KSNmc0KtnU
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) May 20, 2019
Which is their network’s attempt at “objective news”.
The President wasn’t nearly as impressed.
….who got them there. Chris Wallace said, “I actually think, whether you like his opinions or not, that Mayor Pete has a lot of substance…fascinating biography.” Gee, he never speaks well of me – I like Mike Wallace better…and Alfred E. Newman will never be President!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019
Is he right to dump on them over this? Or are they just doing their job, showing the other networks (who once even slipped questions to Hillary in advance of a debate) what an impartial news service is supposed to look like?