Watch Shep Smith Break Down the Rob Porter Domestic Abuse Story For Fox News’ Audience


Starting with last night’s primetime programs and running through today’s broadcast of Fox & Friends, Fox News absolutely ignored the story that is currently roiling the White House and Washington — the spousal abuse allegations made against now-former White House staff secretary Rob Porter. With reports that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was aware of the accusations for months but still initially defended Porter when the allegations hit the media earlier this week, folks like Sean Hannity and the curvy couch denizens of F&F decided the brewing scandal wasn’t worth mentioning.

This afternoon, after the story finally got a bit of play on Fox News’ other news programs and made it to the Fox News website’s homepage, anchor Shep Smith led his program off with a deep-dive into the controversy and why it is such a big deal in Washington.

Highlighting what Porter’s former job entailed — vetting the paperwork that made it to President Donald Trump’s desk — Smith noted that Kelly called Porter “a man of true integrity” and then repeated his support of Porter after digging further into the allegations. The Fox News anchor also told his viewers about Porter’s relationship with Hope Hicks.

“Fox News has learned that the White House communications director Hope Hicks — who has been dating this man, Porter — helped write the first statement,” Smith said.

Smith further detailed the abuse allegations against Porter made by two ex-wives, showing a picture of one former spouse with a black eye that she says was due to Porter striking her. He also noted that Porter appeared to be denied FBI clearance due to the accusations.

The Fox News anchor turned to White House correspondent John Roberts, who provided additional reporting on the accusations, noting he recently talked to one of Porter’s ex-wives.

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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