FNC's Bill O'Reilly weighs in on the war between Trump and the media in his 'Talking Points Memo.'
BILL O'REILLY: Critical mass has now been reached, as the Trump administration is denying access to certain news organizations it believes are out to get the president.
Also, in an act of defiance the president announced he will not show up to this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner in April.
He does, however, want everybody to have a good time.
If this political controversy were a legal case, and if I were the judge, I'd have to recuse myself.
That's because for the past 20 years I have watched the liberal media in America scorch the Fox News Channel and the people who work here - including me.
The attacks are personal, relentless and often dishonest.
Just last week, after Alan Colmes passed, a far-left smear website vilified him as a weak liberal, a calculated pawn for this network.
Does it get any worse than that?
No, it does not.
So there is no question that if the national media does not like your politics, it will try to hurt you. Even if you are deceased.
Anyone denying that is a deceiver.
Of course, the Trump administration is well aware of this.
It knows that the media is desperately trying to link the Trump campaign to Russia and will use anonymous sources to drive that narrative in the hope that the election will be perceived as invalid.
By the way, we do not use anonymous sources here. I have been told bad stuff about both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But without attribution, it will not be reported.
The president also understands that certain news organizations despise him to the point that employees actually fear for their jobs if they say positive things about him.
Many left-wing editors and executives believe Mr. Trump's positions on illegal immigration, Muslim terrorism, global warming, abortion, crime and just about every other issue define the president as a dangerous man who must be destroyed.
Therefore, anyone supporting him cannot be tolerated.
There will be no détente. The gulf is too wide. It will be one nasty media confrontation after another until the president leaves office.
Now it is difficult to see how this awful situation benefits anyone.
The country is not helped by the acrimony.
Talking Points believes the president has a right to defend himself but should do so using facts.
If a report is wrong - fake news - have Sean Spicer vividly refute it in detail.
If access is denied to certain press organizations, again specifically spell out why. If you don't, you come off as petulant.
Facts will always win the debate - as we prove on this program every night.
As for the Correspondents' Dinner, the president is smart for not going.
Like him or not, he's not big on hypocrisy. Yukking it up with an industry that obviously wants to hurt him would be bizarre.
So send the vice president and a nice donation to the dinner's scholarship fund that helps students.
The cold fact is that the presidential election of 2016 defined the free press in America.
It is actively left wing, not objective at all.
But now things have become so much worse than just ideology.
Now, it's war.
And that's the memo.