In the wake of President Trump‘s decision to bar specific media outlets such as CNN, BuzzFeed News, and POLITICO from attending a press conference with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Shepard Smith of Fox News slammed the move for setting a dangerous precedent.
Smith said the White House has “frozen out media organizations that president Trump has blasted as ‘fake news,’” pointing out that “hand-picked outlets to cover the briefing” were chosen instead. Smith said the move was “highly unusual.”
Smith also noted that the banned outlets also happened to be at the forefront of reporting on Trump’s alleged Russia ties.
“Fake news refers to stories that are created by entities pretending to be news organizations solely to draw clicks and views that are solely based on nothing of substance,” Smith said. “In short, fake news is made-up nonsense delivered for financial gain. CNN’s reporting was not fake news.”
Last week, Smith ripped into Trump’s bizarre press conference where he attacked the media, dismissed the Russia controversy, and repeated an erroneous claim of his electoral landslide win against Hillary Clinton.
Watch Smith’s comments from earlier today in the video below:
Featured image screen grab. To follow Sky Palma on Facebook, click here.