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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s on-again, off-again feud with Fox News is on again, after he tweeted that he “won’t be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future,” because the channel “has been treating me very unfairly.”

Trump and Fox were getting along just fine after the last dust-up in August, until his scheduled appearance on The O’Reilly Factor on Thursday was canceled by the network. Fox News said in a statement that Trump issued the tweet after he was notified of the cancelation.

“At 11:45 a.m. today, we 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,” reads the statement. “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.”

It was less than a month ago when Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes personally spoke with Trump and patched things up, after Trump went on a tirade against the network for the tough questioning he had received from Megyn Kelly during the first GOP debate.

Trump was fine with Fox News as long as they fed his ego, but as soon as the smallest criticism appeared he decided that the network was only listening to “Trump haters,” as he called them, and decided to pick up his toys and go home.

Fox and Trump may come to yet another truce, but Fox shouldn’t compromise its journalistic standards for ratings. The network may be better off in the long run without the egotistical billionaire.

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