Sunday, July 16, 2017

USA Today -- Fox News' Shepard Smith: 'Why is it lie after lie after lie?' on Russia meeting

By Sean Rossman

Fox News’ Shep Smith is an opponent of Donald Trump’s presidency. On Trump’s crusade to discredit the media, Smith staunchly defended the press and criticized Trump for dodging questions. “It’s crazy what we’re watching every day. It’s absolutely crazy,Smith said.

Regarding the Russia issue, Smith said, “There’s been a lot of lying. And there’s been lying about who you talk to, and by lots of people, and almost inevitably and invariably, they were lying about talking to the Russians about something. It’s too much lying and too much Russia and too much smoke, and now they’re investigating.”

Shepard Smith slammed what he called lies and deception pushed by Donald Trump Jr. in a fiery Friday rant over emerging details of Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer last summer.

Fox News is a foxhole for those who still think the whole Trump-Russia connection is nonsense. But yesterday afternoon, Fox host Shepard Smith went off script in talking with Chris Wallace:

“We’re still not clean on this, Chris. If there’s nothing there — and that’s what they tell us, they tell us there’s nothing to this and nothing came of it, there’s a nothingburger, it wasn’t even memorable, didn’t write it down, didn’t tell you about it, because it wasn’t anything so I didn’t even remember it — with a Russian interpreter in the room at Trump Tower? If all of that, why all these lies? Why is it lie after lie after lie? If you clean, come on clean, you know? My grandmother used to say when first we practice to — Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. The deception, Chris, is mind-boggling. And there are still people who are out there who believe we’re making it up. And one day they’re gonna realize we’re not and look around and go, Where are we, and why are we getting told all these lies?”

Kudos to Shepard Smith for honesty, and to Fox News for not pulling him off the air or firing him (so far). It’s these kinds of moments of truth that may find their way to the 30 percent of Americans who still support Trump, and their spineless Republican senators and representatives who still look the other way.