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Shepard Smith Delivers Powerful Rebuke of Trump’s Attacks: ‘Journalists are NOT the Enemies of the People’

Shepard Smith took time out of his Fox News show on Thursday with a message to his viewers and rebuke of President Donald Trump‘s anti-press rhetoric.

The powerful monologue came after Smith covered the White House’s banning of CNN reporter Kaitlin Collins, which drew widespread criticism and even prompted Fox News president Jay Wallace to issue a statement expressing “strong solidarity” with the rival network.

“For those of you at home, if I may: journalists are not the enemies of the people,” Smith said, addressing his viewers. “It’s quite the opposite. Our profession is enshrined in the Constitution and the Fourth Estate holds the essential job of being your eyes and often ears and when appropriate, your voice. It’s a cornerstone of our Republic.”

Smith argued that journalists “operate in the public’s interests,” and “work to discern what is truth.”

“Please know this,” he continued. “I acknowledge many thousands of your complaints and protestations and in doing so, I offer this. Never have I personally misrepresented the truth to you. Our reports are checked, rechecked and approved at the editorial management level of this network. In the event I make a mistake, I tell you and correct it in a timely and appropriate manner.”

Smith then turned to the president’s attacks on the press.

“As an aside, when the president attacks journalists, we question his motivation and try to discover the underlying reason,” he said. “For historically those that regularly and as a matter of pattern attack the messenger, who degrade and belittle the purveyors of truth, and work to diminish the free press, often find the facts displeasing, and endeavor to keep you from knowing them.”

“We are on guard and we hope, politics aside, for the greater good, that you are, too.”

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