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Neil Cavuto Hits Back in Trump vs. Fox News War: You're Not Entitled to a 'Free Pass,' Just 'Free Press'

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Neil Cavuto Hits Back in Trump vs. Fox News War: You're Not Entitled to a 'Free Pass,' Just 'Free Press'

2019-08-30 17:17:201 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Neil Cavuto (Image source: Screenshot)

 

The pressure seems to really be getting to Donald Trump: he is now lashing out at his favorite network, Fox News. This caught the ire of host Neil Cavuto who informed the president he was not entitled to a "free pass," just "free press."

 

After Fox News aired an interview with the communications director for the Democratic National Committee, Xochitl Hinojosa, Trump blasted the conservative news network for "heavily promoting the Democrats" in a series of tweets. 

He then informed his followers, "We have to start looking for a new news outlet. Fox isn't working for us anymore!"

 

You can see how it would surprise Trump, as it seems like Fox News is usually in his back pocket. But once they show another side, he barks back and complains. 

Multiple Fox personalities have addressed Trump's comments, but host Neil Cavuto, in particular, took the president to task for his harsh words.

 

In response to Trump saying the network "isn't working for us anymore," Cavuto replied, Mr. President, we don't work for you. I don't work for you," adding, "My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you. Just report on you." 

Later in his monologue, Cavuto said, "It is called being fair and balanced, Mr. President, yet it is fair to say you're not a fan when that balance includes stuff you don't like to hear or facts you don't like to have questioned."

 

This wasn't the first time Cavuto slammed Trump. One time he played a clip of the president calling into a Fox News Radio program and noting that he was "not happy" with Fox. Trump has specifically gone after personalities at the network recently, including Shepard Smith, Juan Williams, and Donna Brazile.  

"Alright, well, I think the president watches Fox," said Cavuto. "I also think he is getting sick of Fox, which is weird, because I think he gets pretty fair coverage at Fox."

 

Cavuto said on Thursday that Trump has made it "clear to fact-check him is to be all but dead to him and his legion of supporters who let me know, in no uncertain terms, I am either with him totally, or I am a 'Never Trumper' fully." 

He called out the president's "loyal on everything, not to be trusted on anything" mentality as being behind his push to trash Fox News and urge his base to stop watching.

 

"My job, Mr. President, our job here, is to keep the scores, not settle the scores," furthered Caputo, saying his job is to report on the economy and trade talks, whether or not it's good news for Trump. 

He also addressed what he believes is the president's dislike of getting fact-checked, something that happens often, as it's known that he will obscure the facts often.

 

"You're only human, I get that. Who likes to be corrected?" he asked. "But you are the president. It comes with the job, just like checking what you say and do comes with my job." 

Cavuto began ticking off times Trump has made false or misleading statements, including his denial that he made a hush money payment to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.

 

He included in this the times Trump contradicts himself, such as praising former secretary of state Rex Tillerson, then firing him and saying he is "dumb as a rock," as well as his constant flip-flopping on gun control. 

"They're real items, and you really said them," said Cavuto. "Fake is when it's wrong, Mr. President, not when it's unpleasant."

 

It wasn't all bad news for Trump, as Cavuto said Trump is right to complain that the media that reports more bad than good stories isn't being fair to him. 

However, he also issued, "Hard as it is to fathom, Mr. President, just because you're the leader of the free world doesn't entitle you to a free pass," concluding, "Unfortunately just a free press."

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