Donald Trump’s comments regarding the media’s treatment of him have been disparaging to say the least. Two days ago, Donald Trump tweeted that: “The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!”
Trump’s tweets only add fuel to the fire. President Trump has continually stated that the media are curating fake news stories regarding his decisions. This came to a head yesterday, after Trump held a press conference at the White House. The conference lasted 77 minutes, and Trump answered questions from 17 journalists.
The main takeaway from Trump’s press conference was his anger at the state of US media. He stated: “The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people. Tremendous disservice. We have to talk to find out what’s going on, because the press honestly is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.” Understandably, the media weren’t impressed.
Interestingly, it wasn’t just the left-wing media which found an issue with Trump’s statements. Fox News anchor Shepherd Smith spoke about Trump’s comments regarding the current state of the media. Smith slammed Trump on air for ignoring questions linked to Trump’s relationship with Russia.
During his rousing monologue, Smith stated that: “It’s absolutely crazy. [Trump] 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?” Watch his reaction in full below.
Wow watch Shepard Smith’s reaction to Trump’s “fake news” claims at press conference pic.twitter.com/s0DC9GRul9
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) 16 February 2017
In the past, Fox News have been incredibly supportive of Donald Trump and his policies. Now, it seems that their relationship may suffer a blow following Shepherd Smith’s scathing attack. It’ll be interesting to see how Trump responds following criticism from one of his few media allies.