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Fox’s Shepard Smith Calls Out ‘Personal Friend’ Bill Shine For Banning CNN Reporter From White House Event

Fox News’ Shepard Smith wasn’t going to look the other way when a fellow reporter was kicked to the curb by the White Houseon Wednesday.

Smith defended CNN White House Reporter Kaitlan Collins after she was “disinvited” from a news conference with President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden for asking questions about his former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Fox News President Jay Wallace and WHCA President Olivier Knox previously issued statements in solidarity with CNN and Collins, which Smith read out in part, and then the anchor went in on the White House Communications chief and former Fox News executive, Bill Shine.

“Bill Shine, full disclosure, is my personal friend,” Smith explained. “He was a producer, then executive, then senior executive at this network, and in that capacity, he was my boss.”

Smith then played a clip in which Shine took issue with the press saying the White House “banned” Collins, saying: “Focus now. You ask her if we ever used the word ban.”

“Focusing, this is a difference without a distinction,” Smith noted. “CNN maintains, the Correspondence Association agrees, and we at Fox News observe that Collins was civil, that she asked relevant and timely questions of a president that often answers questions under identical circumstances and in the same setting.”

“One of our journalists might have done the same,” he added.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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