Other than reporting by Shepard Smith, I don’t respect Fox News to accurately report political issues.
Following President Donald Trump’s crazy press conference last month, Smith criticized President Trump for bashing reporters and called on Trump to answer their legitimate questions. He has been highly critical of Trump on other issues as well..
Smith answered Trump's call to go ask Fox regarding his claim that Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reported former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign. Smith says Fox News has 'no evidence' to support Trump's wiretapping claims.
Smith is not what one might expect from an anchor on Fox news. Fox usually represents ‘hard-edged’ Republican affirmations that conservative world views are infallibly correct.
Smith says,“The long look of history is going to be necessary, and I don’t think it will reflect well on this time, or on the voters’ ability to decipher what it is they’re hearing and seeing.”
Smith is correct.
Kudos to Fox News anchor Shep Smith, who tonight said Fox News has “no evidence” Trump was ever placed under surveillance.
Earlier today, during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump cited Fox News commentator Andrew Napolitano as the source of his information that Obama wiretapped him. “That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox. And so you shouldn’t be talking to me. You should be talking to Fox,” Trump said.
Shortly thereafter, Fox News’ Smith said on-air: “Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary. Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way, full stop.” Smith continued: “Of course, the president could learn first-hand whether the building in which he lives was wiretapped. All he’d have to do is ask the intelligence services; they work for him.”
Our democracy depends on news anchors who have the courage to say things their media bosses and owners don’t always want to hear. Tonight Smith added a small bulwark to the defense of American democracy.
By Peter Sterne