Aug 28, 2019

Axios PM

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 503 words, a 2 minute read.

Situational awareness: Tropical Storm Dorion is now a hurricane expected to make landfall in the U.S. as a Category 2 storm over the weekend. Go deeper.

1 big thing: Trump turns against Fox

President Trump is on a fresh anti-Fox News kick:

The big picture: He's been playing this angle for months, writes Axios Media Trends writer Sara Fischer.

  • Trump has been suggesting Fox has wavered in its loyalty to conservative coverage and planting seeds of support for conservative networks like One American News Network (OANN), Newsmax and Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Among his prime targets:

  • Fox News daytime host Shep Smith, who Trump jabs for "low ratings."
  • Fox News analyst Juan Williams.
  • Fox News anchor Sandra Smith.
  • Fox News contributor and former Democratic National Committee interim chairperson Donna Brazile.

Between the lines: Trump is working the refs. Fox is the most successful cable news network in the country, particularly among his base voters.

  • The president himself is a religious viewer, particularly of "Fox & Friends," Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Lou Dobbs.
  • 92% of Trump's nationally televised interviews as of May had been with Fox News or Fox Business, according to the liberal organization Media Matters.
  • The tweets can be seen as him attempting to pressure Fox into giving more favorable coverage ahead of the election.

Flashback: Four years ago this month, Trump's favorite target was then-Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, who confronted him at the first GOP primary debate regarding his previous negative comments against female critics.

  • Trump in December 2015: "Why does @FoxNews give @KarlRove so much airtime. He (and other Fox pundits) is so biased. Still thinks Romney won. Unfair coverage of Trump."

The bottom line: "Fox News isn’t supposed to work for you," former Fox anchor (and current analyst) Brit Hume tweeted at Trump.

Bonus: Tweet du jour
2. What you missed
  1. Queen Elizabeth II approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson's request to suspend Parliament between the second week of September and Oct. 14. Go deeper.
  2. Italy's center-left and populist parties have agreed to form a coalition government. Go deeper.
  3. Apple apologized for how it handled the audio files when customers accessed its Siri assistant. Go deeper.
  4. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) will resign at the end of 2019 to focus on his health. Go deeper.
3. 1 🐶 thing

Just a picture of a very good boy. Photo: Frank Rumpenhorst/picture alliance via Getty Images

D.C. suburb Chevy Chase (average household income $460K) is being torn apart over the barking of dogs, the Washington Post reports. (Subscription)

  • After putting in a dog park last year, "signs decrying the barking of those dogs began appearing around the park."
  • "By spring, the tension had escalated so much that the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers called a public hearing."
  • "At the center of it all is Elissa Leonard, chair of the village board and wife to Jerome H. Powell, who is also a chair — of the Federal Reserve."

"To determine the extent of the barking and the parking, the board paid $1,300 for a woman with a graduate degree in epidemiology to spend weeks studying the behavior of the dogs and their humans."

  • "Despite their owners’ fretting, Chubbs, Jack, Louie and all the other dogs appear unaware that their joyful morning romp has caused such a kerfuffle."

Worthy of your time.