Shep Smith Breaks Down the Differences Between CNN and Fake News: They Are ‘Not Fake News’
Fox’s Shepard Smith reacted to the White House’s selective media shutout today by breaking down the reasons why CNN is not “fake news,” no matter how many times President Trump says so about the network.
On Friday, the White House held a media gaggle where they decided to bar several news outlets that Trump has taken issue with in the past. This comes hours after Trump delivered a speech from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) where he once again railed against the critical coverage he gets from the press.
Since Trump spent a great deal of his time denouncing the “fake news” media again, Smith went through all the reasons why CNN’s coverage of Trump is legitimate, and not just “made-up nonsense”:
For the report, “fake news” refers to stories that are created by entities pretended to be news organizations and based on nothing of substance. Fake news is made up nonsense delivered for financial gain. CNN’s reporting was not fake news. Its journalistics followed the same standards that other organizations, including Fox News, adhere. Senior administration officials regularly speak without attribution so that the public needs to be informed of what our government is doing off the record.
Smith also defended CNN over their recent report that the White House asked the FBI to squash stories about the Trump campaign’s alleged connection with Russian officials, yet the intelligence agency declined to do so.
Several of Smith’s Fox colleagues have been among those expressing concern with the White House’s actions:
Some at CNN & NYT stood w/FOX News when the Obama admin attacked us & tried 2 exclude us-a WH gaggle should be open to all credentialed orgs https://t.co/8Vjcs0KCPR
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) February 24, 2017
— martha maccallum (@marthamaccallum) February 24, 2017
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) February 24, 2017
Watch above, via Fox.
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