Fox News released a harshly-worded statement late last night on Donald Trump’s decision to skip the debate on Thursday, going as far as accusing Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of threatening Megyn Kelly.
Woah. Fox says Lewandowski was threatening Megyn Kelly. pic.twitter.com/DxLK6OGhAE
— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) January 27, 2016
Capitulating to politicians’ ultimatums violates journalistic standards, as do threats leveled by Lewandowski pic.twitter.com/uGh90pze5l
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) January 27, 2016
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) January 27, 2016
Is that really threatening language, however?
This is over the top, too. Lewandowski may be acting like a jerk, but "terrorizations"? https://t.co/y6AUdRTNt6
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) January 27, 2016
Fox News went on to note that “Trump is still welcome” at the debate if he wants to show up, but “he can’t dictate the moderators or the questions.”
Lewandowski was on “Morning Joe” this morning where he made a ratings prediction for the Trump-less debate:
“Maybe Fox was going to have a 20 or 25 million person debate but without Mr. Trump’s participation, I think they might have a one or two million person debate.”
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) January 27, 2016
Lewandowski also said other campaigns want to skip the Fox News debate as well:
Trump campaign manager says other campaigns have called him to join Trump at his event and also skip Fox Debate @Morning_Joe
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) January 27, 2016