Opinion| Fox News network personality Shepard Smith “crossed the line from straight news reporting to opinion activism during Tuesday afternoon’s broadcast of Shepard Smith Reporting by urging ‘every American’ to read the Mueller report and stating it includes ten instances of alleged criminal obstruction of justice by President Trump. Smith also repeated the Mueller line that the report does not ‘exonerate’ Trump,” according to the Gateway Pundit.
Trump-appointed Attorney General William Barr, along with former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, found that based on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, that the President was not guilty of obstructing justice.
Apparently Shep had sided with the Dems on this one.
Twitter went wild.
Fox News anchor Shep Smith encouraged his viewers to read the Mueller report. https://t.co/tnSftwMoyy
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) June 12, 2019
Vanity Fair was all for the Fox host’s anti-Trump comments, reporting, “Viewers tuning into Fox News Tuesday expecting the network’s more typical pro-Trump reporting may have been surprised to hear a different kind of message. Anchor Shepard Smith, one of Fox News’s few hosts who regularly criticizes the president, used news of House Democrats’ latest act against the White House’s stonewalling to urge his viewers to go read the Mueller report already—because it doesn’t exonerate the president as President Donald Trump and his base love to claim. ‘Everyone in America should read’ the 400-plus page report, Smith said. ‘Everyone.’”
Via Vanity Fair:
The Fox anchor’s reminder about the Mueller report’s actual contents came as Smith reported that the House has escalated their fight against the Trump administration, passing a resolution along party lines that makes it easier for lawmakers to sue those who don’t comply with congressional subpoenas. Smith told viewers to “remember” that Mueller’s report “laid out ten instances of apparent obstruction of justice, criminal obstruction of justice, potentially, by President Trump.” “The special counsel did not exonerate the president,” Smith added. ”They said if they could’ve they would’ve but they couldn’t so they didn’t. Mueller explained that if he and his team had confidence that the president did not commit obstruction, they would have said so.” The anchor also explained to his viewers why it was now Congress’s job to act on the Mueller’s report’s contents, saying that Mueller’s report states “that under Justice Department guidelines, charging the president with a crime was never an option to him. He said the Constitution requires another process.” Such a blatant explanation may be necessary for Smith’s viewers, as recent polls have indicated that despite the Mueller report’s findings, Americans still remain divided on whether or not the report cleared Trump of any wrongdoing.
Take a look at the following video clip:
Here’s the slightly longer clip of Shep Smith explaining what was really in the Mueller report, “a report that every American should read–everyone,” and helpfully walking his viewers though what’s up with the contempt votes for Attorney General Barr. pic.twitter.com/saKdoYi0pp
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