For months, President Trump has refused to grace CNN or MSNBC with what he views as the gift of his presence. It’s a choice rooted not only in political and media strategy, but also in pure spite.
During the 2016 GOP primary, then-candidate Trump and his team relied on a game plan of booking the future president on as much cable news, TV, radio, and print media as possible, in an explicit effort to dominate the news cycle and drown out the competition. But as he heads into another election year, the president has repeatedly told friends and advisers that he sees little, if any, value in rewarding Fox’s major competitors with sit-downs or call-ins, three people who’ve spoken to him in the past two months tell The Daily Beast.
“Why would I give them the best ratings they’ve ever had, when they’ve been this nasty [and] so corrupt, so vile?” Trump said this past summer on the topic of doing a new exclusive interview with CNN, according to a source with direct knowledge.
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