Truth Revolt -- Fox News’s Shepard Smith thinks CNN is being treated unfairly in the wake of publishing, then retracting, an unvetted story and gave the biased network a vociferous defense on his program.
Smith was audibly disgusted after watching the White House briefing on Tuesday with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was filling in for press secretary Sean Spicer, in which she nailed CNN for trying to tie the Trump administration to Russia with an unfounded story. Smith asked for Wall Street Journal associate editor John Bussey’s thoughts on the matter.
“Unusual. More ring-fencing of the White House against the press,” Bussey said.
“What are they doing?” asked Smith in disbelief. “I know they need a foil.”
“Yeah, I think it’s a, you know, desire to build a wall around the White House to limit inquiry into what they do, accountability, and you have a chance to criticize the press,” Bussey added, saying CNN handled the situation exactly how a media organization should.
Smith agreed, stating, “It’s like an example of how to do it. If you make a mistake, Journalism 101 says you admit your mistake, you correct it immediately, and you take corrective action. And that’s what they did.”
Bussey said the Trump administration could actually learn something from CNN’s example and start retracting things they get wrong.
“Depends on what your goal is,” Smith concluded. What's your goal, Shepherd?
Blog Author's Comments: Both Fox News Shepard Smith and John Bussey of the Wall Street Journal are '#nevertrumpers'. If Shepard Smith thinks that what CNN did was Journalism 101 he clearly didn't follow the story. The story, which reported that Congress was investigating a "Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials," cited a single anonymous source. These types of stories according to CNN are typically reviewed by several departments within the network, including -- fact-checkers, journalism standards experts and lawyers -- before publication. But CNN used a single anonymous source to attack the Trump administration with this story without vetting it in any meaningful way. CNN then tried to erase the story once it was discovered to be an outright falsehood. And only after it was pointed out that CNN was trying to hide their own reporting did they own up to it. Mr. Smith, if that's Journalism 101 then it was an example on how to attempt to plant a lie but not get away with the continual 'fake news'.
Also, my educated guess is that one of the three people who were fired was CNN's anonymous source. They had no real source or tip. They made it up to attack the president. They lied. The FCC should revoke Jeff Zucker's broadcast license for CNN. Shepard Smith is just as fraudulent and fake like CNN and bashes President Trump every chance he gets. He should have left with Megan Kelly. They make a typical phony journalistic pair. Smith must believe Fox will never remove him from their network -- now that he has come out of the closet. And don’t doubt me, Fox News is quickly going in the same direction as all the rest of the television networks.
Shepard Smith: "...If you make a mistake, Journalism 101 says you admit your mistake, you correct it immediately, and you take corrective action. And that’s what they did...” Making a mistake is one thing - that happens to all of us. Maintaining a news organization built on partisan hacks, distortions, lies, fake news, biased reporting, and then lying about it is a whole different story. The only reason CNN came clean was this particular lie was because it was so outrageous they could no longer hide the fact it was totally fake. So fake in fact, those three high level employees had to resign over it. That's far more than making a simple human error. This one was a lie engineered from the start, but to their dismay it blew up on the launch pad.
Shepard Smith is a foolish and senseless leftist -- defending the profligate CNN will not earn him any points with President Trump and his people or conservatives. Smith does not seem to understand that someone saying they were wrong does not necessarily signify they mean it. Smith is an unhinged militant gay and he actually belongs at CNN or MSNBC. Smith has an oversized ego and he is a legend in his own mind. Like all liberals this drama queen is continuing to sink lower in the minds of the people who want truthful journalism and researched news.
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