NEW YORK — What do the phrases “blind hatred,” ”frothing,” ”hysteria,” ”meltdown,” ”freak-out” and “derangement” have in common? They’ve all been used by Fox News Channel personalities this week to describe media coverage of President Donald Trump’s Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin.
Both Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham led their programs Wednesday with media denunciations. Tucker Carlson and the cast of “Fox & Friends” have also dived into the subject.
Attacking the rest of the media is hardly a new strategy for Fox, and Trump has popularized the term “fake news.” What’s interesting is that the wagon-circling among Fox’s Trump supporters has come during a week when some others at the network stepped forward to be critical of the president.