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And i'M staying the heck out.]Trump and Fox at war: Neither side is backing down
January 27 NEW YORK
One day after publicly duking it out, Donald Trump and Fox News have retreated to their corners. And now everyone's wondering what will happen on Thursday night.
Trump says he will skip Fox's debate and hold a competing event to raise money for wounded warriors. His campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is in talks with other television channels about carrying it -- creating a high-stakes ratings competition straight out of a network executive's dream.
"My guess is that people who bought advertising time thinking that Donald Trump was going to be on the stage are going to be very disappointed when nobody decides to watch that GOP debate," Lewandowski said Wednesday on "Good Morning America."Fox says Trump is still welcome at the debate -- but "he can't dictate the moderators or the questions." The network is staunchly defending its host, Trump nemesis Megyn Kelly, who will co-moderate on Thursday.
Trump essentially called Kelly a "bimbo" on Wednesday morning in a backhanded tweet that: "I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!"The GOP frontrunner also lambasted Fox for insulting him. He said the network's statement on Tuesday afternoon was "a disgrace to good broadcasting and journalism" and asked "Who would ever say something so nasty and dumb."
Who? Roger Ailes is who.
For days Trump had been calling Kelly "biased" and claiming she shouldn't be allowed to moderate the debate.
After Trump taunted Kelly in an Instagram video and polled his Twitter followers about whether he should skip the debate, Ailes, the powerful chairman of Fox News and a longtime friend of Trump's, signed off on this snarky statement:
"We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president -- a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings."
Trump was incensed by the statement. "I don't know what games Roger Ailes is playing," he said at a Tuesday evening press conference.Related: Skipping debate, Trump gambles with Iowa
The two titans of media and politics have met their match. Ailes ended Tuesday's back-and-forth with a lengthy statement that accused Lewandowski of threatening Kelly.
"We can't give in to terrorizations toward any of our employees," a Fox News spokesperson said.
As for Kelly, the continued sniping is deeply uncomfortable. While the dispute has raised her profile, it has also tarnished her image among some of Fox's conservative fans.
On her show Tuesday night, she sought to rise above the noisy conflict, saying "I'll be there" on Thursday and "the debate will go on, with or without Mr. Trump."
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Assuming Trump doesn't change his mind, his primary opponent ahead of the Iowa caucuses, Ted Cruz, will be center stage on Thursday.
By forgoing the debate, Trump is giving up valuable airtime and betting that his fans are loyal enough to follow him to another channel.
"This is certainly biting the hand that has fed Trump for years," Tim Graham, the executive editor of the conservative media watchdog site NewsBusters, said Wednesday. "He wouldn't be as plausible with conservative voters without all his Fox-granted airtime over the years."
After Trump announced his no-debate decision, some of Fox's coverage was pointedly critical of him. This "can't be good for him days before caucuses," CNN reporter Manu Raju observed on Twitter.But Fox is also keenly aware that its audience includes many Trump loyalists -- viewers who it has to be careful not to alienate.
Looking at his inbox, "Fox & Friends" Steve Doocy said Wednesday morning, "a number of his supporters do feel like he has been treated unfairly in the past."
Some observers are convinced Trump won't reverse himself, especially now that he's touting a Thursday night fund-raising event for veterans.
Lewandowski predicted on "GMA" that "the American people will tune in" for Trump's alternative event "because they want to support that."
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