After the White House blocked several major media organizations from attending an off-camera press briefing known as a gaggle, journalists, both invited to the presser and not, stood up for the media.
Among them was Fox News’ Shepard Smith.
During a Friday news segment, the anchor explained the White House’s gaggle debacle and discussed Trump bashing media as “fake news” during the president’s Conservative Political Action Conference speech earlier that day.
Then, Smith took the time to define “fake news” once and for all, before standing up for CNN, which was barred from Friday’s White House briefing.
“Fake news refers to stories that are created often by entities pretending to be news organizations solely to drive clicks and views based on nothing of substance,” Smith explained.
“CNN’s reporting was not fake news,” Smith said, after summarizing the news network’s coverage of Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia.
Smith took it one step further when he aligned CNN’s reporting with his own organization’s.
“Its journalists follow the same standards to which other news organizations, including Fox News, adhere,” he said.
Watch Smith take a stand against “fake news” and defend CNN in the Fox News segment above.
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