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Fox News Host Blasts Trump for His Anti-Media Messages: 'It's Disturbing'
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31 Oct 2018 04:37 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Martha MacCallum (Image source: Screenshot)



Fox News host Martha MacCallum, who will be heading the conservative news network's coverage of the midterm election, finds Donald Trump's anti-media messages "disturbing." That said, she also believes there have been "mistakes on all sides." 

She's been with Fox News since 2004 and at one time hosted "The Live Desk" and "America's Newsroom," but since Trump took office, she has anchored "The Story with Martha MacCallum," which was called "The First 100 Days" in the infancy of the show.


McCallum has covered the past four presidential elections and has interviewed former President Barack Obama, former CIA Director David Petraeus, the late Sen. John McCain, former Gov. Chris Christie, and former First Lady Laura Bush. 

Most recently she was known for her interview with Brett Kavanaugh while he was going through the confirmation process. She received favorable reviews form both sides of the political aisle for her interview with the justice and his wife,


Yet, despite covering the current administration in depth in its first 100 days and having interviewed several GOP officials, she takes it "personally" when Trump puts the news media on blast. 

"When he points at the press in the back of the room and calls them the enemy of the people, that is wrong," she said in a recent podcast. "And it exacerbates the situation."


McCallum also isn't down with the term "fake news." She said, "I find it disturbing. I think it's a mistake." 

With all that said, she also points fingers in all directions, not just at the president, believing "there have been mistakes on all sides of this equation."


"Often the media doesn't cut him a break," she explains of the coverage of Trump. "I think they, many times, don't give him credit for anything. ... I think it makes some members of the media unfair to him, and I think it makes him unfair in his broad strokes about fake news." 

While Trump came under increasing fire last week after his rhetoric seemed to spur the mail bombing subject to target the president's known Democratic critics — a mix of former presidents, lawmakers, donors, and celebrities — the MacCallum podcast interview was conducted before that. These comments were before his media flaming was directly attributed to violence.


The Fox News host noted that Trump had "never come after me individually," but that may change once her comments become widely published.  

"He has said to me, 'Sometimes you're nice to me; sometimes you're not, which I take as a compliment," she recalled, then added, "Because that's exactly the role that I see myself in. I do like to make sure that I'm being as objective as possible in covering him."

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