Fox News covers Trump speech live, other networks use regular programming

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President Trump’s Wednesday night speech from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was carried live by Fox News and Fox Business Network, but not by CNN, MSNBC or CNBC. 

The split in coverage is a departure from the 2016 presidential campaign, when CNN and MSNBC would cover parts or all of Trump’s speeches that almost always resulted in an instant ratings bump. 

The president specifically called out Fox News during his hour-plus speech for covering him “fairly” while condemning “the dishonest media corporations who will do anything to get people to watch their screens or to buy their failing newspapers.”

{mosads}The president also made an off-handed reference to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who asked NBC News national political correspondent Steve Kornacki on Tuesday night if “there was a turnout effect from the bad weather today” in Georgia’s special House election runoff that may have had “partisan implications” on voting in the highly anticipated contest between Democrat Jon Ossoff and the eventual winner, Republican Karen Handel.

“This phony NBC television network — they actually had one of the people say, ‘It was a little rainy last night. Maybe that was the difference in Karen’s race,’ ” Trump said. “Can you believe that?”

Trump will sit down for his first interview in more than a month with “Fox and Friends” on Thursday. He had not done any broadcast interviews since May 13 with Fox’s Jeanine Pirro. 

His last non-Fox interview occurred on May 11, with NBC’s Lester Holt. 

On the cable news front, Trump has not appeared on CNN since August 2016 or MSNBC since May 2016.


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