President Donald Trump on Thursday congratulated the hosts of “Fox and Friends” for being named the most influential people in media in 2017 by the website Mediaite.
Was @foxandfriends just named the most influential show in news? You deserve it – three great people! The many Fake News Hate Shows should study your formula for success!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2017
“Fox and Friends'”s “formula for success” may be hard to emulate: Mediate said the show’s hosts had won the top spot because “[t]he President of the United States regularly starts his day watching Fox & Friends and then tweets about whatever they cover, and however, they cover it.”
“He promotes their show, tags them by name, and sings their praises,” the write-up continued. “That alone makes Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Ainsley Earhardt three of the most influential media people not just in the United States, but in the entire world.”
Perhaps proving the website’s point, Trump tweeted about the award 40 minutes after White House adviser Kellyanne Conway brought it up in an interview with the “Fox and Friends” crew Thursday morning.
“I have to take a point of personal privilege, folks, and congratulate you,” Conway said around 7:05 a.m. ET. “I don’t know if you’re too humble to tell your viewers.”
“We have not mentioned this,” Steve Doocey said.
“I have to do it, I’m sorry,” Conway continued. “Roll the tape, please, the three of you were ranked the number one most influential media figures, number one on the list.”
“Influence and impact are important because we’re just trying to get our message out here, and we appreciate the platform,” she added. “Even though you’re very tough.”
“That was from Mediaite,” Doocey clarified.”
Trump has claimed he doesn’t have time to watch TV, despite reports on his insatiable consumption of cable news. The New York Times reported recently that Trump’s mornings generally begin with TV, and that the President watches hours of news a day.