Donald Trump, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes to meet to discuss coverage
It didn’t take long for Fox News to try to clear the air with Donald Trump. One day after Trump announced he “won’t be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future,” Fox News announced plans to meet with the presidential hopeful next week.
“Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes and Donald Trump spoke this morning and plan to have a meeting next week to discuss their differences of opinion regarding Fox’s coverage of Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign,” the statement reads. “Ailes will be joined by senior Fox editorial executives. Mr. Trump believes he has been treated unfairly in certain instances. FOX News has held every candidate in this race to the highest journalistic standards throughout our coverage.
“We believe a candid meeting about our differences is required and that any misunderstandings can be handled without compromising those standards.”
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Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce his personal boycott of Fox News, saying it “has been treating me very unfairly.” He specifically called out The O’Reilly Factor and anchor Megyn Kelly, with whom Trump has a contentious relationship. Trump was scheduled to appear on Bill O’Reilly’s program Thursday, but the network later added it canceled the interview.
“When coverage doesn’t go his way, [Trump] engages in personal attacks on our anchors and hosts, which has grown stale and tiresome,” a Fox News spokesperson wrote in a statement on Wednesday. “He doesn’t seem to grasp that candidates telling journalists what to ask is not how the media works in this country.”
Trump is currently the highest polling candidate to received the Republican Party’s nomination for president.