Fox News' Shephard Smith comes to CNN's defense. pic.twitter.com/yIF9e7CNYX— Mashable News (@MashableNews) January 11, 2017
Fox News anchor Shep Smith defended CNN against President-elect Donald Trump’s accusations of “fake news” at Wednesday’s press conference.
During the presser at Trump Tower, Trump refused to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta as revenge for his network reporting that intelligence officials briefed him that Russia had “compromising” information on him.
“President-elect Trump today told CNN’s Jim Acosta the his organization amounts to fake news. CNN’s exclusive reporting on the Russian matter was separate and distinctly different from the document dump executed by an online news property,” Smith said on his show.
“Though we at Fox News cannot confirm CNN’s report, it is our observation that its correspondents followed journalistic standards and that neither they nor any other journalists should be subjected to belittling and delegitimizing by the president-elect of the United States.”
Trump refused to take Acosta’s question Wednesday after ripping the network as “fake news,” before taking a question from Breitbart.
Trump’s incoming communications director, Sean Spicer, was later seen threatening Acosta for daring to ask a question.
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