Shep Smith on Trump Presser: 'It's Crazy What We're Watching...Absolutely Crazy'
Fox News' Shepard Smith went off—I mean really went off—on President Trump Thursday for repeatedly making false claims to reporters and to the American people.
"It's sort of our job to let you know when things are said that aren't true, especially by people you've elected," Smith said, "and this president keeps telling untrue things and he does it every single time he's in front of the microphone." Smith added that Trump's falsehoods are "demonstrable" and "there were a lot of them" in Thursday's White House press conference. He cited as an example Trump's bogus claim that he had the biggest electoral win since Ronald Reagan.
He then called out Trump on his lack of transparency regarding his relationship with Russia. This is why, Smith explained, reporters keep asking questions about it. "He says Russia is a ruse. It's fake news. The leaks are real but the news is fake. So that's impossible," a perplexed Smith said.
"It seems as if he yells at us for pointing it out and calls us names and calls us fake and stuff when we are pointing out that the president of the United States just told another untrue thing...that he's going to yell about us and people are going to tweet about us—things I don't care about at all," Smith complained to Jeff Mason, head of the White House Correspondents' Association.
"It's up to people like you and all the rest of us to point it out when the president of the United States keeps saying things that are demonstrably, unquestionably—opinion aside—100% false," said Smith. He explained that it was bothersome that Trump refused to give a straight answer when a reporter asked, "Can you say definitively that nobody on your campaign had any contacts with the Russians during the campaign? And on the leaks, is it fake news or are these real leaks?"
Mason, who is also the Washington bureau chief for Reuters, didn't disagree "It is the job of journalists and it is the job of the media to report the truth and to call out positions of power, including the most powerful person in the world, which is the president, when he says things that are untrue." Mason noted that President Trump says things that are untrue "regularly" and the media has a responsibility to report it and correct the record.
Reflecting on how the president treated CNN's Jim Acosta during the press conference, Smith said, "He treated him like he's...I'm not even going to use the word. I'm not going to give Twitter the love it needs." He referred to the correspondent from the competitor network as a "good reporter."