While he’d get plenty of argument from a host of media groups and personalities on the right, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith apparently doesn’t believe conservatives are being censored on social media.
Smith was responding to President Donald Trump’s tweets this week charging Google and others with “suppressing voices of conservatives” and “controlling what we can [and] cannot see.” Trump said Google search results primarily show negative stories about him, adding the bias “is a very serious situation — will be addressed!”
The subject came up during a White House pool spray afterwards, and Trump named Facebook and Twitter also, but Smith continued his role as a useful tool for the left in dismissing the president’s concerns — very real concerns that have already cost some on the right their means of a living.
“This new thing, today’s new thing, not a thing, but a thing,” Smith said, as he read Trump’s words. “‘Google is taking advantage of a lot of people. Google, Facebook and Twitter, you can’t do that to people. They’re treading on troubled territory.’ Which means nothing.”
He turned to Fox News’ John Roberts to ask, “What is he talking about? Treading on troubled territory? You can’t do that? Do what to people?!”
Roberts replied that Trump is just “venting” about coverage he sees, “particularly in the Google search results.”
Smith then flipped the president’s entire narrative about the fake news media.
“What he doesn’t like is the news,” he said. “It’s not the people who are delivering it or the platforms on which they receive it. It seems to be the news itself. Because around there, the news is not good. Except the fake news. The fake news seems to be pretty good for him.”
“The real news seems to be unpleasant,” Smith added.
The reaction to Smith’s hissy fit was best summed up in a single tweet: “[email protected] to move to CNN. He’s a drama queen and has as much bias as they do.”
Of course, CNN’s Chris Cuomo went on better, declaring that Trump’s sudden focus on the social media giants was a great conspiracy to divide Americans and distract from current events — which is the liberal media’s job.
But not before he expressed his agreement with the results the president sees.
“It was on Fox last night, and the president tweeted just this morning,” Cuomo said. “What a coincidence. The charge is when you Google Trump, it shows, if you look for Trump news, it shows mostly negative results. Frankly I’d be more suspicious if the cache came back mostly positive.”
“But I can tell you for free that this whole deal this morning was as much about distraction as it is about discovery of a pernicious practice by Google,” he would later conclude. “This is what he does most. He finds something that can divide, that has a little bit of a fact gap, and then he exploits it to advantage. Once again, the facts just aren’t on his side.”
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