US President Donald Trump has had some rather unflattering things to say about Fox News recently, following the remarks host Neil Cavuto made about hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to both prevent and treat malaria and some autoimmune diseases.
Earlier, Trump revealed that he has been taking the drug "for about a week and a half" as a preventive measure against COVID-19, even though last month the US Food and Drug Administration warned against using hydroxychloroquine against the new coronavirus outside of a hospital setting.
Cavuto, however, pointed at a Department of Veteran Affairs' study of the drug that was conducted on on veterans hospitalized with COVID-19, which "saw a higher mortality rate among those treated with the drug alone", according to Newsweek.
Fox News' Cavuto warns audience after Trump reveals he's taking hydroxychloroquine:— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 18, 2020
"If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment [...] it will kill you. I cannot stress this enough. This will kill you." pic.twitter.com/gvRtdwby1t
"Those with vulnerable conditions, respiratory conditions, heart ailments, they died", Cavuto said, adding that the drug "will kill" members of the "risky population" who'd take it to ward off the coronavirus.
"Fox News is no longer the same. We miss the great Roger Ailes. You have more anti-Trump people, by far, than ever before”, the president complained in response. "Looking for a new outlet!"
Trump's tweet, however, has triggered a barrage of criticism and mockery directed at him.
Don’t worry. Every news outlet will broadcast your landslide loss on November 3rd. You’re going to prison, traitor.— Andrew C Laufer, Esq (@lauferlaw) May 19, 2020
Some netizens even argued that “looking for a new outlet” is probably not something the President of the United States should do.
Democratically elected presidents don't "look for a new outlet," they don't run propaganda machines. The press in this country is supposed to be free & independent & no more a tool of the presidency that the Justice Department is supposed to be.— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) May 19, 2020
However, there were also those who seemed to agree with Trump's assessment.