Shepard Smith Unhinged, Claims Trump Staff Was Calling Russia During Hackings

The media were at DEFCON three Thursday following a lengthy and heated press conference with President Donald Trump where he went toe-to-toe with the biased press. Trump’s tongue lashing of the media had Fox News’ Shepard Smith frothing at the mouth with anger as he accused the President with a dubious smear during his show. “Your opposition was hacked and the Russians were responsible for it and your people were on the phone with Russia the same day it was happening and we're fools asking the questions,” he shouted with claims no report had ever made.

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,” Smith continued to yell. But no report had ever made the claim that Trump’s campaign staff was on the phone with Russian intelligence “the same day” the hacks were happening.

Un-ironically, Smith chastised the president for spewing “demonstrably, unquestionably, 100 percent, opinion aside, false” statements. Smith seemed to try and make the connections that many in the media hope are there but have not been found by the FBI. According to the leaked information from the FBI investigation, there has been no evidence discovered of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

That’s what Smith would call a “demonstrable truth.” The Fox News host went on to lecture the President about the importance of telling the truth:

Your supporters will support you either way. If your people were on the phone, what were your people 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. It's inconsequential. The people deserve that answer at very least.

Smith was also put off by Trump’s tussle with CNN’s Jim Acosta. He praised Acosta by stating that he’s “an accomplished reporter, a guy I’ve never met but a good reporter. I mean, treating him like he's -- I'm not going to use the word. I'm not going to give Twitter love it needs.

True, it is an important issue that needs to be answered. But flying off the handle into hyperbole and spouting off lies does little to help the situation, and only serves to exacerbate tensions. The FBI is investigating their communications so there will be an answer to the press’s questions one way or another. 

Transcript below: 

<<< Please support MRC's NewsBusters team with a tax-deductible contribution today. >>>

FNC
Shepard Smith Reporting
February 16, 2017
3:27:36 PM Eastern

SHEPARD SMITH: Treating 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 going to use the word. I'm not going to give Twitter love it needs. It's crazy what we're watching every day. It's absolutely crazy. He keeps repeating ridiculous throw away 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 the same day it was happening and we're fools asking the questions?! 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 your people 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. It's inconsequential. The people deserve that answer at very least.

JOHN BUSSEY: You know something? I think, the complaints about the news and complaints about the news agencies, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, you know, Fox, CNN, it's all meant to deflect away from this issue.

SMITH: That’s what it’s for.

BUSSEY: And when he is caught out with a falsehood, once again, repeated that he had the highest electoral count –

SMITH: Which he didn’t

BUSSEY: --since Ronald Reagan and the reporter calls him out on it. Called out again on it. He said well, those are the numbers that somebody give me. And I’m thinking, you're the president of the United States, you’re supposed to be getting good data and you’re supposed to be reflecting good data, so that people have the confidence in you. It is meant as a deflection away from this issue.

And what is the issue? His own party, people in his own party, the Democrats, the public is concerned about: What relationship his campaign and he had with Russia during the campaign and subsequent to that.

Nicholas Fondacaro
Nicholas Fondacaro
Nicholas C. Fondacaro