Donald Trump is having another spat with Fox News. Imagine that. This is the second time that the Republican presidential frontrunner and Rupert Murdoch’s network have had a feud, and it looks like things are only going to get even more heated between the two.
I don’t really care what happens on Fox News or in the world of political celebrity feuds most of the time; most of it is a meaningless distraction from real issues, and a way for washed-up political pundits to maintain their relevance in the media long after their time should have expired. Sadly, seeing as how Trump is still the Republican frontrunner and Fox News is still the most watched
conservative entertainment news channel on cable TV, this is newsworthy.
“Let’s be honest: Carly cut his balls off with the precision of a surgeon — and he knows it,” Lowry said on The Kelly File.
Host Megyn Kelly was shocked. “You can’t say that!” she said, before covering her eyes with a hand. “You can’t say that.”
Trump quickly exploded on Twitter and wrote in a tweet: “Incompetent @RichLowry lost it tonight on @FoxNews. He should not be allowed on TV and the FCC should fine him!” And then: “@FoxNews owes me an apology for allowing clueless pundit @RichLowry to use such foul language on TV. Unheard of!” (Source)
Here is the Tweet in question.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2015
The problem is, that’s not how the FCC works. The FCC only handles traditional, over-the-air broadcasting. If you remember the big Super Bowl scandal involving Janet Jackson back in 2004, Viacom (parent company of CBS) was fined by the FCC because that incident was on a broadcast channel.
Let’s say this statement by Rich Lowry was on a prime time show on CBS, NBC or ABC; if that was the case, then Trump would have a case even though it is highly unlikely that the FCC would do anything to humor his temper tantrum. On the other hand, had this happened on ESPN or Comedy Central, the FCC would have done nothing because anything that is on cable or satellite TV is out of their scope of authority.
To be fair, Donald Trump isn’t the first person to make this mistake. Earlier this year, a Change.org petition demanding that the FCC revoke Fox News’ broadcasting license drew a huge number of online signatures, most of which were likely from liberals who, like Donald Trump, don’t understand how some government agencies work.
When Donald Trump makes Fox News look reasonable and fair in contrast, it just shows how far the Republican Party has plunged off the cliff into bizarro world. Sometimes it almost seems as if Glenn Beck and other conservative pundits are on to something when they say Trump is a liberal plant sent to make Republicans and the Tea Party look bad. However, due to his immense popularity with the GOP and Tea Party base which is now turning on Fox News over what they believe to be unfair criticism of the presidential frontrunner. Then again, perhaps letting the two sides destroy each other will eventually be a good thing for the same political climate they’ve polluted.
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