Fox News anchor Shepard Smith lambasts President Trump over volatile press briefing
When even Fox News anchors struggle to defend the actions of a Republican president, you know the world has turned on its head. That’s exactly what happened Thursday afternoon when one of the channels most famous reporters Shepard Smith railed against President Trump regarding his absolutely unhinged press conference earlier that day.
Smith’s diatribe specifically focused on Trump’s attacks against the media and his comments again CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Smith defended Acosta, calling him a “good reporter,” and criticized the president for not answering questions about Russia.
“It’s crazy what we’re watching every day! It’s absolutely crazy,” said Smith. “[Trump] keeps repeating ridiculous throwaway lines that are not true at all and sort of avoiding this issue of Russia, as if we’re some kind of fools for asking the question.”
“Really?” he asked rhetorically. “Your opposition was hacked, and the Russians were responsible for it, and your people were on the phone with Russian on the same day it was happening? And we’re fools for asking the questions? No sir. We are not fools for asking these questions and we demand to know the answer to this question. You owe this to the American people.”
Wow watch Shepard Smith’s reaction to Trump’s “fake news” claims at press conference pic.twitter.com/s0DC9GRul9
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) February 16, 2017
It might seem surprising to see Smith’s strong reaction against Trump on the notoriously conservative channel, but this rant is not Smith’s first against the current president. In January, before the inauguration, Smith criticized Trump for calling CNN “fake news” after the network broke the story that intelligence officials had briefed Trump about Russia having potentially compromising information on him.
“Though we at Fox News cannot confirm CNN’s report, it is our observation that its correspondents followed journalistic standards and that neither they nor any other journalists should be subjected to belittling and delegitimizing by the president-elect of the United States,” Smith said.
President Trump notoriously repeats news that he hears on Fox, practically verbatim. Too bad he doesn’t seem to tune in when Shepard Smith is on.
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