On Friday, Fox News’ Shep Smith went to battle for CNN and the long list of media outlets the Trump Administration banned from a briefing, while allowing right-leaning sites such as Breitbart.com to attend. White House press secretary Sean Spencer’s stunning move is in stark contrast to what he said in December. Just a couple of months ago, Spicer likened banning the press to a dictatorship. And yet, here we are.
Smith said that the White House has “frozen out media organizations that president Trump has blasted as ‘fake news,’” and instead has chosen “hand-picked outlets to cover the briefing.” Smith called it a “highly unusual” move.
Trump’s move is likely in retaliation to the explosive report on Trump’s ties to Russia. The newest report states that the FBI refused the White House’s request to publicly knock down media reports regarding communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to U.S. intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Raw Story reports:
Smith—who last week issued a passionate rebuke of Trump’s claim that the media is the “enemy of the American people”—explained that the outlets barred by the White House were many of the outlets who conducted extensive reporting into Trump associates’ ties with Russia, and those who use off-the-record sources for background.
At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, Trump lashed out at the “fake news media” and again called them the “enemy of the American people.”
Smith defined ‘fake news.’
“Fake news refers to stories that are created by entities pretending to be news organizations solely to draw clicks and views that are solely based on nothing of substance,” Smith said. “In short, fake news is made-up nonsense delivered for financial gain. CNN’s reporting was not fake news.”
Other outlets banned from the briefing include Politico, The Hill, BuzzFeed, the Daily Mail, BBC, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News.
This is what fake news is:
In early November it was discovered that local residents in the Macedonian town of Veles, which has a population of only 45,000, were responsible for at least 140 politically oriented websites — most of them targeting Trump supporters in the U.S. The pro-Trump sites were actually ‘fake news’ but the teenagers running them were raking in a lot of money.
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