On Wednesday, web site Mediaite had named the FNC morning show the Most Influential In News Media for 2017, topping a list that also included, in reverse order, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Matt Drudge, FNC star Sean Hannity, and CNN chief Jeff Zucker.
Mistaking Mediaite’s “most influential” for “best,” Trump crowed that the Trump News Network morning show hosts “deserve it” and that “the many Fake News Hate Shows should study your formula for success!”
As described by Mediaite in crowning the morning show No. 1, that “formula” works like this:
Trump regularly starts his day watching Fox & Friends and “then tweets about whatever they cover, and however, they cover it.” The rest of the media cover Trump’s tweets, and that makes Fox & Friends the nation’s assignment editor for the rest of the day.
” That is influence like few other media figures have ever enjoyed.”
Longtime NBC evening news anchor Tom Brokaw happened to be on MSNBC’s Morning Joe when the tweet landed and got asked to weigh in:
“[Trump] watches [F&F] because it reinforces what he believes,” Brokaw said. “Fox News…is on a jihad right now” against institutions of the government. “Newt Gingrigh looking into the camera and saying the FBI is a corrupt organization – three months earlier he’d said Bob Mueller is one of the great, distinguished public servants we have.”
“So, we’re at war here,” Brokaw said.