I didn’t pay any attention to this WaPo story from a few days ago at the time but it’s getting harder to ignore as evidence of its thesis mounts.

Lotta smoke lately coming from the Trump/Fox relationship. What’s causing the fire?

The first wisps came last weekend when he posted a few tweets in defense of Jeanine Pirro, who was suspended by the network for questioning whether observant Muslims like Ilhan Omar could truly be loyal to the Constitution. He and Pirro “had a conversation before he tweeted,” claims WaPo, implying that she might have put Trump up to it. But he wasn’t done tweeting about Fox that day. A few hours later came this:

He’s lightly criticized FNC before but rarely does he dump on their on-air talent. Two days later, Fox nemesis Gabriel Sherman unspooled this report about the network’s new leader and his alleged antipathy to POTUS:

Though Lachlan [Murdoch] hired West Wing stalwart Hope Hicks, staffers believe he is likely to nudge the network away from its close marriage to Trump. Sources close to Lachlan pointed out that Lachlan is a libertarian conservative, not a MAGA diehard, who in private has expressed annoyance at Trump. “He doesn’t like Trump,” one person who has spoken with Lachlan told me. “There’s a lot of talk of the direction of the network changing under Lachlan,” the senior Fox staffer told me.

Sources pointed out the hiring of Donna Brazile and the appointment of Trump critic Paul Ryan to Fox Corp’s board as signs of Lachlan’s view on Trump.

Trump might be sensing some hostility from Fox management and reciprocating. Two days after Sherman’s story appeared, some of Fox’s otherwise Trump-friendly anchors took to scolding him for picking a fight with John McCain. “It makes absolutely no sense,” said “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade. Brit Hume initially seemed puzzled…

…but after Trump went after McCain again yesterday, he was more forceful:

Trump sat down yesterday for an interview with one of the Trumpiest anchors at Fox Business, Maria Bartiromo — but even she somehow managed to cross him, again on the subject of McCain:

https://twitter.com/AaronBlake/status/1109054918080544769

Well, at least Trump doesn’t hold grudges. No, wait, I forgot: He holds grudges about everything. Fox reporter John Roberts was reminded of it just a few hours ago, during a press gaggle with Trump this morning:

What’s bugging him? It can’t be the Pirro suspension. She’ll be back on the air in no time. News that Lachlan Murdoch dislikes him probably isn’t news to him either. He has all sorts of friends inside the building, starting with Hannity, who’d surely have gossiped about that to him long ago. Bartiromo’s question may have annoyed him but it’s not like that was the first time lately that the subject of McCain had been broached. There must be something else. Did I overlook anything?