.@FoxNews has been treating me very unfairly & I have therefore decided that I won't be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2015
Why? Possibly because Fox News cancelled a planned Thursday appearance by The Donald on "The O'Reilly Factor."
Why? Possibly because The Donald has been saying anti-Fox News stuff like this on Twitter lately:
I am having a really hard time watching @FoxNews.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2015
Why? That's unclear, but now Fox News is mad at the rest of the media. Why? Because we're paying attention to The Donald's nonsense. Per a Fox News statement:
[W]e canceled Donald Trump's scheduled appearance on The O'Reilly Factor on Thursday, which resulted in Mr. Trump's subsequent tweet about his 'boycott' of Fox News. The press predictably jumped to cover his tweet, creating yet another distraction from any real issues that Mr. Trump might be questioned about. When coverage doesn't go his way, he engages in personal attacks on our anchors and hosts, which has grown stale and tiresome. He doesn't seem to grasp that candidates telling journalists what to ask is not how the media works in this country.
(I think Fox News might be wrong here. Why? Because Donald Trump seems to grasp exactly how the media works in this country.)
Last night, Mr. Trump upped the ante, calling for Fox News guest and National Review editor (and Trump critic) Rich Lowry to be fined by the FCC (though FCC fines don't actually work that way -- but never mind):
Rich Lowry, meanwhile, retweeted this last night:
Oh, and this too:
Simon Dumenco, aka Media Guy, is an Ad Age editor-at-large. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.