The “real” news programs and personalities the President trusts. With the exception of Piers Morgan and the Drudge Report, all are current or former Fox News programs, personalities or contributors.
By: Kenneth Stratton
On his personal Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, the 45th President of the United States follows 45 other accounts. The President uses his Twitter account frequently, especially to rail against the “fake news media.” Here are 13 accounts followed by the President which include news personalities, programs and organizations among others.
1. Tucker Carlson: A political commentator who previously worked for MSNBC and CNN. He is the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller. In November 2016, he premiered his new show Tucker Carlson Tonight following the departure of Greta Van Sustern at Fox News. Carlson then moved into the 9pm slot in January following the departure of Megyn Kelly. Finally, after the cancellation of the O’Reilly Factor in April following sexual harassment allegations leveled against Bill O’Reilly, Carlson took over the network’s coveted 8pm slot. Amid turmoil at Fox News, Carlson has become the network’s prime time personality, where he often debates current events and issues with guests.
2. Jesse Watters: A Fox News personality who rose to prominence with his on-the-street interviews, in the O’Reilly Factor segment, “Watters’ World.” In January, the network gave Watters his own Saturday evening program called Watters’ World. The program features a discussion of current events with other Fox News personalities and contributors, as well as segments of his on-the-street interviews. In April, when The Five moved to the 9pm slot following the first schedule reshuffling in the post-O’Reilly era at Fox News, Watters became a co-host of The Five, replacing Eric Bolling.
3. Laura Ingraham: A political commentator whose work includes contributions to Fox News. Ingraham was a long time guest and guest host on the O’Reilly Factor. She has a nationally syndicated radio talk show called, The Laura Ingraham Show and is also editor-in-chief of LifeZette. Her career includes work as a speechwriter in the administration of President Ronald Reagan and serving as law clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
4. Drudge Report: A politically conservative new website run by Matt Drudge and Charles Hurt. The website rose to prominence during the Lewinski scandal, reportedly the first source to break the story.
5. Sean Hannity: A conservative political commentator, with a long career in media. He is the host of a nationally syndicated talk show, The Sean Hannity Show, and has been one of the faces of Fox News since the 1990’s. His career with FNC started on Hannity & Colmes, with co-host Alan Colmes. With the departure of Holmes in 2008, Hannity rebranded the show as his own, Hannity, and continues to host the program on Fox News weeknights at 10pm. He was one of the most vocal and early supporters of Trump during the 2016 Republican Primary, drawing fire from other conservative pundits.
6. Fox Nation: An opinion website run by Fox News that began operating in 2009. According to Fox News, the chief goal of the site is to “be a forum for Americans to speak out on important and controversial issues, and to act on their beliefs and values.” It features commentary from several Fox News commentators.
7. Ann Coulter: A conservative political commentator whose career has included being a lawyer, a syndicated columnist and a writer of many best-selling books. She often appears on television as a political commentator, most frequently Fox News. She has prided herself on not be “impartial or balanced,” preferring to “stir the pot” on current events and issues. Her latest best seller is In Trump We Trust which focuses on her support for Trump during his campaign.
8. Fox & Friends: The weekday morning news or talk program on Fox News. The show is hosted by personalities Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, and recently Ainsley Earhardt. The program includes coverage of current events, interviews, special coverage and even entertainment pieces. During the 2016 election, then candidate Trump made it a recurring part of his campaign to call into the program or live tweet whatever caught his attention. It is said to be one of his favorite cable news programs.
9. Geraldo Rivera: An American media personality whose resume includes a law practice, reporting, a stint as an author, and talk show host. His television career took off in the 1980’s, most notably when Rivera hosted the program “The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults.” In 2001, Rivera became a war correspondent for Fox News. In Afghanistan, Rivera claimed to be at the scene of a friendly fire incident, which was actually 300 miles away. In 2003, he was expelled from Iraq for reportedly putting operations of the 101st Airborne Division at risk. In 2015, Rivera was a finalist on Trump’s final season of The Celebrity Apprentice. Rivera and Trump have been friends for years, and Rivera continues to make appearances on Fox News.
10. Eric Bolling: A Fox News personality who specializes in political commentary and financial analysis. Bolling rose to prominence as a co-host of The Five on Fox News, where he was at the center of the panel until its move to prime time earlier this year. He became the host of Cashin’ In on the Fox Business Channel, and makes regular appearances between both networks. With a schedule reshuffling in the post-O’Reilly era at Fox News, Bolling became the co-host of a new weekday program in the former slot of The Five at 5pm called, The Fox News Specialists. His regular co-hosts include Katherine Timpf and Eboni Williams, where the show takes on a similar panel talk show format as The Five.
11. Bill O’Reilly: A media veteran who has been in the industry for four decades, and got his start with local television networks before hosting Early Edition from 1989 to 1995. He joined the Fox News Channel in 1996, and soon became the host of the conservative commentary program, The O’Reilly Factor, which would be the top rated cable news program for sixteen years until his departure from the network in 2017. The face of the network for over twenty years, O’Reilly’s program discussed the hot topics of the day, and became known for featuring guests, analysts and experts which would frequently debate each other, or O’Reilly. He has become a best-selling author, particularly with his series of “Killing” history books, and is the current host of the No Spin News O’Reilly was often in headlines himself, most recently for sexual harassment claims leveled at the cable news host, amid a culture of sexual harassment at Fox News which eventually led to his departure in April.
12. Greta Van Sustern: An attorney who contributed to CNN coverage of the OJ Simpson trial, and eventually became a legal analyst for the network. In 2002, Van Sustern moved to the Fox News Channel where she hosted On the Record with Greta Van Sustern until her resignation in 2016. The longtime commentator explained the network “has not felt like home in years,” and immediately departed from Fox News. In 2017, Van Sustern signed on with NBC News, much like colleague Megyn Kelly who left Fox News to sign on with NBC around the same time. Since January, she has been the host of For the Record with Greta on MSNBC where she continues to cover current events and issues much like she previously had at Fox News.
13. Piers Morgan: A British journalist and television personality, who is currently the US editor-at-large for Daily Mail’s Mail Online and host of Good Morning Britain. His work includes First News, a British newspaper for children, and spots on America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent. He hosted Piers Morgan Live for three years, replacing Larry King in his time slot following his departure from the network in 2011. In 2008, Morgan was the season seven winner of the Celebrity Apprentice.
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