Category: Shepard Smith
Shepard Smith blew up at the Trump administration during his show when another revelation about the Russian meeting in June 2016 broke into the headlines, apparently contradicting Donald Trump Jr.’s that the whole story was out. He made the comments Friday on Fox News while speaking with Chris Wallace.
“The emails, well in fact, this was supposed to be,” Wallace said, “and what the Trump folks took the meeting to accomplish was the Russian government trying to give information about Hillary Clinton as part of an effort to swing the election to Donald Trump. So, you know you’re exactly right, we’ve been told a variety of stories. We’ve gotten – and who knows if we’ve even gotten to the end of the story, we’ve only got to the end of the story with the emails.”
“I know that we haven’t,” Smith said, “I know that we haven’t because there’s news breaking at this moment, Chris.”
“Fox News can now confirm,” Smith said dramatically turning to the camera. “New, more, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, the lawyer from Russia, the interpreter, this new guy we found about today, and a mystery person. John Roberts confirms there was an eighth person in that meeting.”
“We don’t know there may have been more but there was an eighth,” he added.
“Jared Kushner filled out his form, I think it’s an F-86,” Smith explained, “saying who he had met with and what he’d done. Very important stuff, you can go to prison for messing it up, y’know, intentionally.”
“He went back and added one hundred names and places,” he continued. “None of these people made it. They – 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, nothing came of it, there’s a nothing-burger, it wasn’t memorable, didn’t write it down, didn’t tell ya about it because it wasn’t anything so I didn’t even remember it!”
“With a Russian interpreter in the room at Trump Tower,” he added sarcastically.
“If all of that, why all these lies?” Smith demanded. “Why is it lie after lie after lie? If you’re clean, come on clean! Y’know?”
“My grandmother used to say, ‘Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive,’” he said, paraphrasing a Shakespeare verse.
“The deception, Chris, is mind-boggling!” He exclaimed. “And there are still people 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.”
“You know, I don’t know what to say,” Wallace responded, almost speechless. I think there’s a lot of truth to everything that you’ve said.”
On Friday it was discovered that the meeting in June 2016 with Trump Jr. and other Trump associates with a Russian lawyer also included a Russian-born lobbyist who is said to have had counter-intelligence experience in Russia, and two unidentified persons. Critics have taken this to show that Trump Jr. had not being completely upfront about all the details of the controversial meeting.
President Trump said that he was proud of the transparency of his son for divulging the emails about the meeting.
Posted in Chris Wallace, Donald Trump Jr., Fox News, Politics, Russian interference, Russian investigation, Shepard Smith, Trump Jr Russia, Trump Jr. emails
Fox News’ Shepard Smith registered his astonishment with how some people are defending what appears to be meddling by the Russians in our elections. He made the comments on his show Wednesday.
“The [New York] Times reports that the president’s son was told the paper is going to print these things,” he explained, “we’re going to print the emails. And he tweeted copies of the emails instead of replying to requests for content.”
“This was not being transparent,” Smith claimed, “this was the New York Times is gonna publish this, I’m gonna publish it instead.”
“Then there’s the president’s claim that the Russia investigation is a ‘witch hunt.’ Fox News can confirm it is not,” he said. “Current and former U.S. officials say there is absolutely no doubt that Russia interfered in our election, put its thumbs on the scales of Democracy.”
“And that Vladimir Putin ordered the thumbs!” he exclaimed. “And all the meddling, lots if different kinds of meddling!”
“Attempting to change our Democracy from Moscow!” he continued. “And some people seem to think it’s OK.”
“It’s astounding!” he concluded.
Smith was referring to the recent reports from the New York Times detailing a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner with a Russian lawyer just after then-candidate Trump won the Republican nomination. Trump Jr. revealed emails that showed he was receptive to receiving damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.
Shep Smith: “it’s astounding” that anyone is trying to argue Russian meddling in American elections isn’t a massive deal pic.twitter.com/Cu5ofjEEYZ
— Leanne Naramore (@LeanneNaramore) July 12, 2017
Posted in Donald Trump Jr., Politics, Russian interference, Russian investigation, Shepard Smith, Trump Jr Russia, Trump Jr. emails
Shepard Smith absolutely rejected any responsibility they had for comments made by contributor Judge Napolitano that President Trump used to justify his accusation that Obama wiretapped Trump Towers. He made the pointed comments Friday on Fox News.
“President Trump got the wiretap question a short time ago,” Smith reported, “during the news conference with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It came not from an American journalist but from a German reporter. The president is apparently standing by his claim that the White House ordered wiretapping of Trump Tower under President Obama. And in doing so, he referred to information from Wikileaks that showed that the NSA had been wiretapping Angela Merkel.”
Fox played video of Trump joking at the press conference. “As far as wiretapping, I guess,” he offered, “by you know, this past administration, at least we have something in common perhaps.”
“In other words that they were both wiretapped,” Smith explained. “When there’s no evidence of that.”
“Of course,” he added, “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.”
“Further the German reporter asked President Trump,” Smith continued, “about his Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s citing of the Fox News senior judicial analyst. Judge Andrew Napolitano commented on the morning show, ‘Fox and Friends,’ that he has sources who say British intelligence was involved in surveillance at Trump Tower. Our White House team will have much more on that from the White House in just a moment.”
Shep: “Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the president of the United States was surveilled at any time in any way, full stop.” pic.twitter.com/W3XkViL4ES
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) March 17, 2017
“Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary,” Smith intoned. “Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the president of the United States was surveilled at any time in any way, full stop.”
CNN reported that the Trump administration apologized to the British for accusing them of spying on Trump as a candidate, but then later the White House denied that the apology took place.
The Trump administration has been on the defensive about the president’s accusations against Obama and his demand that Congress investigate. Both the House and Senate intelligence committees have said they have no evidence of any such wiretapping.
Looking at the news sources where Trump derived his accusation, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly said the case has been settled. Trump meanwhile has said he will provide an investigatory committee with the evidence he has for the claim.
Posted in Andrew Napolitano, Donald Trump, Fox News, Politics, President Trump, Shepard Smith, Wiretap
Fox News’ anchor Shepard Smith ripped into Trump for going after his colleague from CNN, Jim Acosta, during the combative press conference Thursday in order to escape from answering questions about his staff’s communications with Russian officials.
“Jim Acosta over there from CNN,” Smith said, “an accomplished supporter, a guy I’ve never met.”
But a good reporter, I mean, treating him like he’s… I’m not even going to use the word, I’m not gonna give Twitter the love it needs. It’s crazy what we’re watching every day, it’s absolutely crazy. He keeps repeating ridiculous throwaway lines that are not true at all, and sort of avoiding this issue of Russia as if we’re some kind of fools for asking the question.
Really? Your opposition was hacked? And the Russians were responsible for it, and your people were on the phone with Russia on the same day it was happening, and we’re fools for asking the questions?
Here he turned directly to the camera, saying, “No, sir. We’re not fools for asking this question, and we demand to know the answer to this question, you owe this to the American people.
Your supporters will support you either way. If your people were on the phone what were they saying? We have a right to know, we absolutely do. And that you call us “fake news” and put us down like children for asking these questions on behalf of the American people is inconsequential.
“The people deserve that answer,” Shepard intoned, “at very least.”
Clip: @ShepNewsTeam sticks up for CNN’s Jim @Acosta – & went further… pic.twitter.com/iITXqAzXXF
— johnny dollar (@johnnydollar01) February 16, 2017
Questions still remain after Michael Flynn’s resignation which was precipitated by leaks showing he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about communications he had with a Russian ambassador before the election. Very soon after his resignation, more intelligence leaks appeared to claim that he wasn’t the only Trump staffer who had these communications and that they happened multiple times before the election.
Both Democrats and Republicans are calling for investigations into the circumstances surrounding Flynn’s resignation while the president appears to only be interested in the intelligence leaks which periodically toss his administration into chaos.
Trump’s pick to replace Flynn seems also to have been affected by the turmoil – he declined the offer Thursday and is reported to have called it a “s**t sandwich” because of the pandemonium.
Posted in Fox News, General Michael Flynn, Michael Flynn, Politics, press conference, Putin, Russian Ambassador, Russian Hackers, Shepard Smith
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is no stranger to extreme coverage of extreme weather. This time, however, he may have outdone even his coverage of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. During the course of warning Florida residents about the dangers of staying in their homes, Smith bluntly warned Florida residents that if the storm changed path, they and everyone they know might die.
Thanks Fox News! pic.twitter.com/eGV2CCMSIo
— Marty of Social Club (@Deathbymartymar) October 6, 2016
SMITH: Daytona Beach, all the way up to Jacksonville.. this moves twenty miles to the west, and you and everyone you know are dead. All of you. Because you can’t survive it. It’s not possible, unless you’re very, very lucky. And your kids die, too.
Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith in New York, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Later on in the show, Smith interviewed one of his friends who planned to stay in Florida, and he teased the segment by saying, “I’ll ask her why she’s staying, and if she expects us to cover her funeral.”
Hurricane Matthew has already killed at least 283 residents of Haiti and is expected to make landfall in Florida. Preliminary damage estimates, based on storm path, are very severe. Florida Governor Rick Scott has likewise warned that this is a “killer” storm; however, he stopped short of staying that literally everyone who remained in the state would be killed.
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Fox News host Shepard Smith on Monday discouraged Americans from turning to “extreme measures” that would “fundamentally alter who and what we are” to protect the U.S. after the deadly terror attacks in Paris.
The commentary from Smith, one of Fox News’ most recognizable personalities, came as Republican governors from around the country announced efforts to prevent Syrian refugees from entering their states.
“In the face of terror, will we panic or be calm and deliberative in approach?” Smith asked in a 90-second monologue. “Confronted with those who want to change our way of life, will we abandon our freedoms and the rights granted to us by the creator, or will we welcome huddled masses, yearning to breathe free? Will we take extreme measures to fundamentally alter who and what we are?”
“Our shining city on a hill is vulnerable,” he continued. “We’ve always known that. If we change it to accommodate the savages, have they won? And what then would be left to protect? We profess to stand as an example for all the world. Our unique experiment in freedom, tolerance, openness, and equality, is our gift to societies and peoples everywhere. Come, join us. Enjoy a chance at the American dream.”
He concluded, “Today we mourn but we cannot allow ourselves to become like those who want to destroy us. We cannot resort to tactics of the barbarians. We must fight for what we believe in and who we are. Guard our freedoms faithfully for the generations to follow. And we must not let the rhetoric of potential and political extremists among us lead us to self-destruction. When there’s panic, we show resolve. When there’s calm for extremism, we resist. We are America. We must lead.”
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Fox News host Shepard Smith heavily skewered NBC Tuesday for suddenly welcoming Donald Trump back to the network after announcing months ago it would sever its ties with the real estate tycoon for his controversial comments about Mexicans.
Smith’s on-air rant came after NBC announced Trump would guest host “Saturday Night Live” on November 7.
“NBC and everything Comcast did not want to be associated with Donald Trump left all the money on the table, no more! No more! We’ll have a fight about the ‘Miss America Contest!’ No more Trump on NBC! It’s what he said! So what’s he doing? He’s going back to NBC! Good job! Nice job, NBC,” Smith sarcastically said.
“You made a stand! You stood for your values! You did what you must! Forget the money! No more Trump! Except — more Trump,” he added.
“You did a great job! We’re all proud of you, NBC. We’ll be watching.”
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Fox News host Shepard Smith repeatedly pressed Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) Thursday for distributing a letter to his colleagues that called on those with “misdeeds” who were running for speaker to drop out of the race.
The letter came on the heels of rumors that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was having an affair with Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.). McCarthy announced earlier today that he would no longer seek the speakership. Ellmers flatly denied rumors of an affair.
“What do you know about Kevin McCarthy that I don’t know?” Smith asked Jones to begin the interview.
“Well, I don’t know,” Jones replied. “This was written primarily because I’ve been here 20 years and I remember the night that Newt [Gingrich] stepped down, the next night Bob Livingston stepped down and the chaos it put the Republican Party in.”
The congressman continued, “But I know one thing about this — Shepard, our country is in deep, deep trouble. We need to have leadership in the House where we can say, ‘Look at that leader! He is a man of integrity.’”
Jones’ answer didn’t satisfy Smith who continued to press him.
“So randomly you just wrote to the conference leader and the conference, asking any candidates for Speaker of House, Majority Leader or Majority Whip to withdraw himself if there are misdeeds he has committed’?” Smith asked. “And down at the bottom in your own personal handwriting you wrote, ‘I believe this question is important to the integrity of the House.’”
“This doesn’t sound like a man who is on a fishing expedition,” the Fox News host added. “This sounds like a man who knows something he isn’t talking about.”
Jones dodged the question by saying he didn’t want House leadership to be beholden to donors. Smith again pressed him.
“Congressman, no no — I apologize, but you’ve written something so serious that I think I have to ask the question again because you just didn’t answer,” Smith said.
“Now I have to know, what did you know? Because who writes such a thing in a vacuum? Who fishes in such a way?” the Fox News host asked.
“Well, Shep, this is the first time I’ve been on your show. You don’t know me. I will tell you this, if you ask any member of Congress in either party, ‘Do you think Walter Jones is a man of integrity?’ I would be very disappointed and surprised if anybody said anything other than I try to be a man of integrity,” Jones replied.
“Oh sir, I have never questioned your integrity,” Smith shot back. “What I have done is read your words of warning and asked why they were written.”
Jones told Smith that he is welcome to read whatever he wants into it, but he has already provided an “honest answer.”
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