“There is no Trump strategy,” a source tells Sherman.
As gripes against Fox News go, this one belongs in the ha-ha category. As if Jeb Bush had a Trump strategy. As if Ted Cruz had a Trump strategy. As if Rand Paul had a Trump strategy. As if Hillary Clinton had a Trump strategy. No: All these folks have been blindsided by a guy determined to break all the rules and spew falsehoods to fill airtime.
As for media outlets having a Trump strategy: Did all the broadcasters who got shoved into holding pens by Trump aides have a strategy for that crisis? Not so much. Do many of those same outlets have a strategy for getting Trump to stop singling out pool camera operators for ridicule in front of large crowds? Not so much. Does NBC have a strategy for whether to partner with Trump? Not so much. Did “Morning Joe” have a strategy for dealing with a filibustering Trump? Not so much.
And so: Did Fox News have a “strategy” for dealing with a candidate willing to suggest that its star anchor pressed him with tough questions at a debate because she was menstruating? No, and surely Ailes & Co. could have done better. Just like everyone else.