Shep Smith Tells Stephen Colbert It’s His ‘Job to Hold Truth to Power’ When Covering Trump
Fox News anchor Shep Smith appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night and discussed a number of topics, such as announcing Snooki’s pregnancy and Fox News’ work environment post-Roger Ailes. However, it was his discussion about covering President-elect Donald Trump and whether facts matter anymore that should get the most attention.
Colbert explained how Smith doesn’t really hue to any party line while reporting the news and brought up how the anchor referred to Trump during the campaign as “almost fascist.” Smith corrected the record, pointing out he noted that something Trump said was almost fascist, leading Colbert to say that was “un-Shep-like hair-splitting.”
When pressed by Colbert, Smith stated that he wanted Trump “to be the greatest president in the history of this nation” but as a journalist “it’s my job to hold truth to power.” He added that as he’ll report on what Trump does and says, give it context and “let the people decide.”
Smith also mentioned Trump’s infamous summit at Trump Tower with members of the media where he berated and criticized the mainstream press, noting that he himself didn’t attend. Colbert asked the Fox News star if he would go if called and Shep answered in the affirmative because he’d want to ask questions of the incoming POTUS, explaining it is his job.
Smith and Colbert also discussed Trump not believing the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia interfered in the election while claiming that nobody brought this up before Election Day. Shep concluded that fact-checking does matter, especially to reporters, and he feels that it will eventually matter to the public again.
Watch the clip above, via CBS.
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