It’s a known fact that in 2010 a committee including Hillary Clinton and eight other members of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet approved a deal allowing a Russian company to obtain 20 percent of America’s uranium production by acquiring Canada-based Uranium One.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a panel charged with reviewing any business deal that potentially impacts national security, approved the transaction in October of that year.
Hillary Clinton did not recuse herself from voting even though several of the investors in the deal had donated money to the Clinton Foundation.
Two House committees announced plans last month to investigate the Uranium One deal.
But Shep Smith, the chief news anchor for Fox News, offered up a six-minute monologue on Nov. 14 that CNN called “a powerful rebuttal” to the claims of impropriety surrounding Clinton’s involvement in the Uranium One deal.
That led many Fox viewers to openly muse whether Smith is employed by the wrong media giant. Wouldn’t he make a better fit for CNN?
According to Breitbart “Fox News Viewers Demand Shep Smith be Fired After Error-Filled Uranium One Report: ‘Send Him to CNN.'”
Watch Smith defend former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton against charges she helped engineer the Uranium One deal with Russians in return for donations to her private foundation.
Smith essentially said Clinton had nothing to do with the deal’s approval and that no uranium has left the country bound for Russia as a result of the deal. Smith’s commentary is being circulated by the far-left group Media Matters as proof that Clinton’s hands are clean on Uranium One. Media Matters chalked up all the charges against Hillary as “conspiracy theories” by conservatives.
Interestingly, that is the same choice of words – conspiracy theories – used by CNN in its effort to help Smith’s commentary go viral.
CNN noted, “It was the latest instance of Smith endearing himself to Fox critics — and alienating the network’s most diehard viewers.”
In contrast to Smith’s energetic defense of Clinton on Uranium One sale, watch him go into full attack-dog mode when discussing the supposed “Trump-Russian collusion” story earlier this year.
We’re being told “lie after lie after lie” Smith says regarding a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and some Russians.
Why is it that when Shep Smith talks about Clinton cash with regard to Uranium One the news anchor tries to debunk those who have posed legitimate questions but when he addresses Trump-Russian collusion he comes down clearly on the side of anti-Trumpers?
Smith has a long history of letting his personal political leanings float into his news coverage, and more often than not those leanings line up with the talking heads on CNN, not Fox.
Besides covering for Hillary on Uranium One, here are 12 more reasons why Fox viewers love to hate Shep Smith:
1. He said Trump administration is putting out “lie after lie after lie” about Russia.
2. Sean Hannity said on is radio show Shep is “very anti-Trump.”
3. In November 2000 Smith was accused of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, a charge he ultimately escaped punishment even though witnesses said he drove his car into another reporter who was standing in a parking space she attempted to save for a friend. The female reporter was hospitalized with bruises on her knees and legs. According to police, Walsh was standing across the street from the state capitol when Smith drove up and “shouted some profanities at her and basically just struck her, striking her at the knees, which threw her up on the car.”
4. He disputed Trump’s characterization of the NFL protests.
As in his previous pro-Democrat expressed opinions, the “news” anchor was featured by Media Matters in a tweet.
Fox’s Shep Smith: It’s being framed as players attacking the anthem, troops, & the flag….that’s not what they’re doing and we’re complicit pic.twitter.com/Ia31dz5Zka
— Media Matters (@mmfa) September 25, 2017
5. He pushed back against the idea that Obama wiretapped Trump.
Video of Fox News saying it has “no evidence” of Trump’s claim –> pic.twitter.com/azru9E2bkX
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 17, 2017
6. He said climate change is real and that human activity contributed to it.
He said so in June 2017, right before Trump gave a speech withdrawing the U.S. from a climate agreement. Smith remarked:
“Climate change is real and our activities do contribute to it. As The New York Times reports today, scientific studies show if the world’s carbon emissions continue unchecked, atmospheric temperatures will continue to rise. The planet will not just be hotter, but it will also suffer from rising sea levels, more powerful storms, droughts that lead to food shortages and other extreme conditions.”
Smith previously acknowledged climate change is real in 2014, which prompted Jon Stewart to joke, “You know this is serious if someone on Fox News just said climate change is real. I believe that is a sign of the apocalypse.”
7. He defends CNN against charges by President Trump that they are fake news.
— Shepard Smith (@ShepNewsTeam) January 11, 2017
8. He accuses Trump of constantly making ridiculous and false comments.
— johnny dollar (@johnnydollar01) February 16, 2017
9. He says U.S. should continue taking in refugees from jihadist hotspots after a terrorist attack.
In 2015, after terrorists killed more than 100 in Paris and two of them were linked to the refugee influx, Smith said it would be un-American to bar refugees from entering the country:
“In the face of terror, will we panic or be calm and deliberative in approach? 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. We’ve always known that. If we change it to accommodate the savages, have they won? And what then would be left to protect?”
10. He contended Trump ‘trades in racism’
In August 2016, Smith suggested that Trump was using racism during his campaign. Smith had a guest on during his show who said that Trump “really trades in hyperbole.” Smith then asked, “He trades in racism, doesn’t he?”
The guest said that he would leave this up to the commentators to talk about. While Smith did not outright say that Trump is a racist, he certainly came pretty close with this conversation.
11. He criticized Trump for sharing a story about general’s method of stamping out terrorism in Philippines.
Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
This story is considered pure myth by liberal fact-checking agencies but others maintain there is an element of truth to the story, even if Trump didn’t relate it just right. Gen. John “Black Jack” Pershing was stationed in the Philippines from 1909 to 1913. Pershing was confronted with a Muslim insurgency in Moro Province, which he largely broke in June 1913 in a battle that killed some 500 Moro fighters.
According to Politifact, Pershing wrote in a memoir that another U.S. commander in the Philippines had at least once “seen to it” that Muslim insurgents’ bodies were buried in the same grave as a dead pig to serve as a warning to others. “It was not pleasant to have to take such measures, but the prospect of going to hell instead of heaven sometimes deterred the would-be assassins,” Pershing wrote. According to Politifact, a footnote to the 2013 edition of the memoir cited another general as telling Pershing in a letter that the practice had long been a custom “to discourage crazy lunatics.”
12. He criticized Trump for questioning Obama’s citizenship.
In September 2016, after years of questioning whether Obama is a U.S. citizen, Trump held a press conference blaming Clinton for starting the conspiracy theory and taking credit for putting the controversy to an end.
Smith hammered Trump, saying that he was backing down from his “birther ridiculousness” and saying that his claim that Clinton started it is not true. Smith explained:
“There is no evidence to support the claim that Hillary Clinton or her team started the theory that President Obama wasn’t born in America. Zero, it never happened … She did not start the birther rumor. In fact, Hillary Clinton has attempted to point out that Donald Trump’s refusal to admit that President Obama was born in United States is a sign that the Republican nominee is not connected with black voters, which he isn’t. Of course, that’s because the birther issue, illegitimate by any issue as a definition, questioned the legitimacy of our nation’s first black president and gives fuel to the ‘he’s not one of us’ lies.”