While many argue that Fox News is all “pro-Trump”, this simply is not true. There are a handful of hosts, commentators and newscasters who believe in reporting on facts, no matter how bad these facts may make President Trump appear in viewers’ eyes.
One such host is Shep Smith, who has made a habit out of fact-checking statements put out by President Trump even when the majority of the network refuses to hold Trump accountable for many of his falsehoods. This was again the case last night when Shep Smith decided to not only debunk claims made by Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani, but also those which have often been preached by Smith’s Fox News colleague Sean Hannity.
With John Brennan having his security clearance removed by the White House yesterday, Rudy Giuliani claimed that Brennan was guilty of bringing the Steele Dossier to the Special Counsel’s attention, and that the Dossier has been “debunked”. This simply is not true and Shep Smith clarified these very points for his viewers.
“Much of Giuliani’s attack on Brennan involved the dossier compiled by the former British spy Christopher Steele, that the administration has repeatedly asserted was what began the Russia investigation,” Smith told his viewers. “It was not. The Russia investigation began after the former Trump policy adviser George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat that the Russians had dirt on his then-political opponent Hillary Clinton. That information was passed on to intelligence officials.”
Smith then went on to directly attack the allegations that the Steele Dossier has been debunked. We’ve heard over and over again from Fox News, and those who support President Trump, that the Steele Dossier has been proven false. This idea is simply false itself.
“For context, the research in the dossier includes 17 memos produced by the former spy Christopher Steele,” Smith told his viewers. “They allege misconduct and a conspiracy between members of the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election. Some assertions in the dossier have been confirmed. Other parts are unconfirmed. None of the dossier, to Fox News’s knowledge, has been disproven.“
The entire segment can be seen below:
Sean Hannity lies about the Russia investigation at night on Fox News, Shep Smith debunks his false claims during the day pic.twitter.com/lOoOxuD2IH
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