In recent days, Donald Trump has outwardly lavished praise on Fox News, calling other major cable news outlets “fake news.” After his press conference on Thursday, at least one anchor on Fox blasted him for his treatment of the press.
In criticizing the President on bashing reporters during the press conference, he called on him to answer the questions from the media.
Fox's Shep Smith fires back at Trump for his treatment of the press: "It's crazy what we're watching every day. It's absolutely crazy." pic.twitter.com/fnyg6iJlZ8
— Media Matters (@mmfa) February 16, 2017
Specifically referencing Jim Acosta, a White House reporter from Fox’s chief rival CNN, Smith said “Jim Acosta over there from CNN. An accomplished reporter. 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 … It’s crazy what we’re watching everyday. 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?” Smith said referring to Trump. “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?”
“No sir. We are 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 an answer to this question.”
On Thursday, Trump was peppered by reporters from various publications about conversations between his campaign and Russian officials, with at least one reporter asking for a yes or no answer, after Trump had repeatedly provided evasive responses.
Trump continuously referred to reporting related to the contacts as “fake news” and attacked reporters, saying that the stories regarding ties to Russia were a “ruse.”
“Russia is fake news. Russia — this is fake news put out by the media,” he said.
Jim Acosta thanked Smith for his defense in a tweet shortly after the segment.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 16, 2017