With a recent tweet-storm taking on conservative-leaning Fox News – and with word about a slated White House Summit on social media that freezes out big tech – at least one media observer is wondering if there's been a change of strategy being launched by President Donald Trump.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted out the following scathing critique of his favorite news network:
"Impossible to believe that Fox News has hired @donnabrazile – the person fired by @CNN (after they tried to hide the bad facts & failed) for giving Crooked Hillary Clinton the questions to a debate … something unimaginable," Trump posted on Twitter.
He then criticized the liberal Shepard Smith and Fox's weekend hosts.
Accuracy in Media Chairman Don Irvine conceded that the presidential criticism may have been a bit broad, but he contended that Trump has a point when it comes to Brazile.
“While it may have been a little bit surprising, I think Trump was trying to send a message out to Fox, in particular, saying, 'Hey, think about who you're hiring … because they're going to have Democratic talking points, but she's not very credible,” Irvine speculated.
While the falling out with Fox News may be just a lover's spat, Irvine contends that the president seems to be in full-on divorce mode when it comes to social media.
Trump is convening a social media summit today, and he is only inviting conservative groups – and none of the big tech companies.
“This is an ongoing thing with … Republicans and conservatives, and trying to deal with these tech giants – and, in particular, with anybody who's involved in social media,” Irvine noted.
Conservative groups have been documenting bias in social media platforms of late, including Facebook, as well as the president's favorite go-to outlet – Twitter.
Irvine believes that one question will likely dominate the gathering.
“What's the fair play rule here?” Irvine ventured as the main topic of discussion. “Are conservatives going to get a fair shake going forward?”