Trump takes his job as programmer-in-chief of Fox News very seriously.
Trump may be leader of the free world, but he's not too busy to offer his advice to the executives over at Fox News, a Republican propaganda network that purports to be a "fair and balanced" channel.
After Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent running for president in the Democratic primary, appeared in a town hall on Fox News Monday night, Trump tweeted his disapproval that Fox would air programming that wasn't explicitly fawning over his administration.
"So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on @FoxNews," Trump tweeted. "Not surprisingly, @BretBaier and the 'audience' was so smiley and nice. Very strange, and now we have @donnabrazile?"
Trump's tweet suggests that he is upset when the network airs any programming that doesn't explicitly praise his presidency and run defense for the ridiculous and even unlawful acts he and other White House officials commit.
This is a rare instance in which Trump doesn't explicitly love the decisions of Fox News, whose pro-Trump sycophantic guests he often quotes on his out-of-control Twitter feed.
In fact, the only recent criticism he's had of the network was when Fox News was shamed into lightly punishing unhinged racist host Jeanine Pirro, who had questioned whether Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) could adhere to the U.S. Constitution if she wore a hijab — a blatantly Islamophobic comment.
"Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro," Trump tweeted in March. "The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well."
Otherwise, Trump has been tweeting Fox News videos and amplifying the ridiculous and racist pundits who appear on the network's airwaves.
And in case you had any doubts that Fox News was really Trump State TV, Trump referred to the "news" network as "we" in his tweet — taking away any ambiguity about where the channel's loyalties lie.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.