Former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly published an opinion editorial in The Hill Tuesday morning, detailing how President Trump can change his approach – and WIN his war against the media who continually tries to tear him down.
His solution to Trump is simple, saying the president should “get into the fact business – an industry largely abandoned by his tormentors.”
“Tweet facts, Mr. President, not insults. Hammer your opposition with verifiable statements. Do that, and you may ultimately prevail against a press that often abuses its freedom — a media where seeking the truth is becoming obsolete,” O’Reilly advised Trump in his editorial.
O’Reilly said he warned Trump during his campaign that the media would turn against him.
“Early in the campaign, I told candidate Trump on camera that the national press would eventually attack him in very personal ways. I don’t think he believed me because, at the time, he was getting an amazing amount of television news coverage due to the fact that his presence brought ratings. Back then, he and the CNN crew were almost buddies.”
He also outlined when the tables turned:
“While ratings drove the “all Trump, all the time” TV exposure, there was also a wish fulfillment factor. Some leftist journalists wanted Trump to win the nomination, figuring Hillary Clinton would wipe him out in the general election, and the country would then keep the policies of the media-beloved Barack Obama in place.
When Donald Trump shocked the world, media bitterness quickly set in and the “resistance” began.”
O’Reilly noted that there are “two levels to the hate-Trump media movement.” The first is a media who believes he is not qualified to run the country, and the second, larger factor is how political correctness increased under President Obama, pulling the United States to the left “in a dramatic way,” where “conservative thinkers were branded racists and bigots.”
“The press encouraged that massive deception, and the demonization of selective conservative individuals became acceptable. Groups funded by people like George Soros have actually organized into propaganda hit squads using a sympathetic media to spread their vicious invective.”
“It soon became apparent to some Americans that the national media had stopped searching for truth, instead using their vast power to promote leftist thought and policy.”
O’Reilly pointed out that the media went into “overdrive” once Trump took office, and the more they bash the president, the higher their ratings have climbed.
“Working in conjunction with Democratic Party interests, the national media has run wild with the destroy-Trump strategy and the president knows it. So, he’s striking back in ways designed to whip up his base. The war is on.”
O’Reilly, long considered the “king of cable news,” speaks from experience, having been ousted by Fox News in April over accusations of sexual harassment claims.
O’Reilly has previously stated that “Trump and I are victims” of assaults by the media, has expressed regret that he did not fight back to keep his position after being ousted from Fox in April, and recently announced plans to start his own news program.
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