Fox News’ Shepard Smith Defends CNN Against Donald Trump’s ‘Belittling’

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Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, speaking for the network, took issue with President-elect Donald Trump’s attack on CNN reporter Jim Acosta during Wednesday’s press conference.

“CNN’s exclusive reporting on the Russian matter was separate and different from the document dump executed by an online news property,” Smith said on the air on Wednesday. “Though we at Fox News cannot confirm CNN’s report, it is our observation that its correspondents followed journalistic standards, and that neither they nor any other journalist should be subjected to belittling and delegitimizing by the president-elect of the United States.”

Trump refused to answer Acosta’s question and called CNN “fake news.” Later, Acosta said that Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, threatened to have him removed from the press conference if he continued to ask Trump a question.

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Trump’s anger was over allegations that Russian agents had gathered compromising information about him — claims that have not been verified. On Tuesday, CNN reported that intelligence officials had included a two-page summary of the claims in an intelligence briefing given to Trump and President Barack Obama. Soon after CNN’s story was published, BuzzFeed posted what it said was the 35-page, unverified dossier on which the two-page summary was based.

While Trump lashed out at CNN and BuzzFeed, CNN defended its reporting, issuing a statement in which it said that “CNN’s decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than Buzzfeed’s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos. The Trump team knows this. They are using Buzzfeed’s decision to deflect from CNN’s reporting, which has been matched by the other major news organizations.”

Meanwhile, some journalism watchdogs are calling out other members of the media for not coming to Acosta’s defense during the press conference.

Pete Vernon wrote in Columbia Journalism Review that journalism “is a competitive business, but it’s not a zero-sum game. We all campaign for scoops, access, and sources, but we are, effectively, on the same side. If Trump ignores or blacklists outlets he deems hostile, and others in the industry don’t defend them, the public loses out on the perspective those reporters bring, and we as an industry lose out in our efforts to hold power accountable.”

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  1. Chesty Quirk says:

    Nothing changed in 1974 as to mental disorder as gay, lesbian, or in other words playing doctor under the bed. Only the idiots that buy this garbage, and it doesn’t hide nor change their place in society as much as black mail, and legal abortive attempts to raise them from sick to well. Sick they were, and sick they are still. This ONE area will be remedied when Jesus comes forever. A thousand years on this earth, and forever forward it is what it is. Do NO sugar coatings.

  2. Clark says:

    Shep, Please do all Fox fans a favor and go to CNN. I try to never tune in to Fox News during your time slot, you are a horrible news caster, and I’m sure you will fit right in at the Counterfeit News Network.

  3. allen simmons says:

    SMITH YOU ARE A DAM IDIOT. THE PRESIDENT DOES NOT OWE YOU ONE THING.

  4. SMITH NEEDS TO GO, HE IS TO LAME.

  5. What I wish would happen, is that the next time this happens…All reporters get up & walk out on him. If steps aren’t taken…..all we will have left is PROPOGANDA!

  6. Bill B. says:

    I’d believe CNN about anything over what comes out of this pathological liar’s mouth.

  7. John Chick says:

    Anyone wonder why this pretty boy got such a lavish prime time slot on FOX? He sure as hell isn’t a journalist!

  8. Mojave1953 says:

    Shep, Shep, Shep, Shep, Shep, Shep,Shep……you got it wrong. The CNN reported was rude to Trump. Obama was never treated like this by the press, including yourself. You can call it anything you want, but it is what it is, and everyone knows it. You only embarrass yourself in front of the world for trying to paint it differently.

    • in fairness, Obama, so far as I know, never called out a reporter/news agency during a press conference and called them “horrible” and “fake”. (even if some deserved it)

      I think the CNN reporter was just trying to do his job. If anyone was rude, it was Donald.

  9. His journalism is poor and always has been.

  10. Carole says:

    Usually not a fan of Fox News, but Shepard Smith just scored big points for having the courage to stand up and speak for all journalists. I’ve never feared for the sanctity of freedom of the press… until now.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    You Main Stream Media are getting what you deserve! Your idiocy and obvious lies have turned many a democrat toward Trump. So pat yourselves on the back and dry your tears. People want real news now so you can retire. BYE

    • Yeah…only Trumps lies are allowed…how dare anyone else raise any questions:-( Obama’s birth certificate, just one of hundreds we have heard over this past year.

    • Really don’t understand the term “main stream media” anymore… By definition, wouldn’t that include an agency that has some of the highest viewers/readers? You know.. like Fox? (and yes, I am making an assumption that Elizabeth watches Fox. I feel confident that I have a good chance of being correct)

    • Carole says:

      Elizabeth: what, exactly, are you claiming is fake news? Really curious to hear if you’re actually claiming that Trump wasn’t briefed on this report, which is, after all, what CNN reported.

    • Is “main stream media” another term for “isn’t my conformation bias”. You don’t care about integrity or truth. You want content that confirms your narrow world view. Thanks for selling us out, loser.

  12. loco73 says:

    Behold folks…you are getting your money’s worth..he even managed to sneak a “You’re fired!” into what will pass from now on as “press conferences”…which will occur once every six months…based on the frequency established so far…

    Buyer’s remorse…here it comes…LOL

  13. Larry Phipps says:

    Shep is an idiot. He is and has been a pimp for Hillary and dnc. Fox should fire him. Trump should totally ignore him

  14. Steve Barr says:

    Congratulations to Shepard Smith and Fox News . Maybe they realize that if the mango Mussolini can come after CNN and no one speaks up .then he can go after the New York Times , and if no one speaks up he can go after the Washington Post and if no one speaks up he then goes after Fox News and then there will be no one left to speak up .This my friends is how Fascism comes to America.

  15. Cnn is a left wing organization that never tells the truth. I don’t watch or ever listen to Cnn because of this.

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