Shepard Smith runs to the defense of CNN, but doesn’t go nearly as far as Scarborough

Shepard Smith is blinded by his own contempt for President Donald Trump that he will defend anything.

The Fox News anchor proved it on Tuesday when he came to the defense of CNN after a pair of embarrassing incidents.

First, CNN had to implement new standards for stories pertaining to Russia after it had to pull a story connecting to member of the president’s team to Russia with no significant evidence.

The network issued an apology, and three members of its team resigned because of the incident.

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Days later, on Tuesday, Project Veritas released a video that showed a top man at the network admitting that it pushes the President Trump and Russia narrative because it brings in ratings, even though it is “mostly bulls**t.”

As the rest of Fox News, particularly Sean Hannity,hammered CNN over its lack of journalistic integrity and its agenda against the president, Smith found a way to defend it.

After White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tore a strip off of CNN for its shoddy journalism, Smith interviewed John Bussey, the associate editor at the Wall Street Journal, who actually gave credit to CNN for how it handled its mistakes.

“It’s like an example of how to do it,” Smith said praising the network. “If you make a mistake, Journalism 101 says you admit your mistake, you correct it immediately, and you take corrective action. That’s what they did.”

He sounded more like MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, an unabashed enemy of the president, than Hannity.

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In the meantime, folks are turning to Fox Business Network more and more for news and commentary, according to internal numbers.

FOX Business Network (FBN) ended the second quarter as the number one rated business network on television, besting rival CNBC, for three consecutive quarters in Business Day viewers. This is the first time FBN has topped CNBC for three back-to-back quarters since the network launched in 2007.

Averaging 173,000 total viewers, FBN saw its Business Day audience grow 35 percent over 2016 for the quarter. Led by strong performances from anchors Stuart Varney, Neil Cavuto, Trish Regan and Liz Claman, FBN’s Business Day came out 8 percent ahead of CNBC’s for the quarter, which had 160,000 total viewers on average. Year to date, FBN is up 47 percent in Business Day viewers, averaging 192,000 total viewers for 2017.

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