Shepard Smith angrily addressed a viewer’s criticism of his migrant caravan coverage by claiming fear-mongering by President Donald Trump.
The Fox News host read a letter from a viewer named Heidi on Tuesday who took issue with his denial of Trump’s warning that there are MS 13 gang members, criminals and Middle Easterners traveling in the caravan headed to the U.S. southern border.
While multiple journalists, including those from Spanish-language Univision and Fox News’ own Sara Carter, have confirmed the president’s claims, Smith took to the air announcing “the president has offered no evidence to support what he has said.”
He had to face the backlash Tuesday as he read the letter from a viewer who vehemently disagreed.
“Heidi Tweets just now, ‘Sorry, Shep,’” he read from his phone. “We are not falling for your fake story. This is an invasion. This is not a caravan of poor migrants seeking a better life. Yes, there may be some of that there. But you’re full of it if you believe what you’re saying. POTUS has intel. You don’t.’”
Smith handled the criticism about as professionally expected from the liberal anchor.
He dropped his phone down and fired back at the viewer.
“No he doesn’t,” Smith said, looking into the camera. “POTUS has politics.”
“He told us just the other day — so I can report to you with certainty — they’re running on [Supreme Court Justice Brett] Kavanaugh and caravan, your fear of an invasion of migrants,” he added smugly. “We just showed you their pictures.”
Smith silently stared into the camera with a smirk before moving on to another news story.
His Fox News colleagues over on “The Five” also found themselves in a heated debate over the caravan Tuesday as Jesse Watters unloaded on liberal Juan Williams who, like Smith, thinks Trump is lying about the criminal elements in the throngs of migrants traveling from Central America, despite eyewitness accounts from journalists on location.
Viewers expressed their outrage at Smith for his response to Heidi’s letter and Fox News for continuing to give the “condescending” anchor any air time.
@FoxNews so tired of Shepard Smith’s smart ass and condescending attitudes and his constant opinions during his broadcasts. Find myself watching other channels whenever hes on
— Dragonman420 (@Imdragonman420) October 23, 2018
@FoxNews I am absolutely done watching Fox news midday with Shepard Smith. He’s arrogant and insulting. I don’t think he realizes when he talks he talks down to viewers. You would lose me from 3 to 4 PM
— Joey Owens (@518Joeyo) October 23, 2018
Here’s some actual news worth reporting: there are tens of millions of illegal aliens in the United States, and the number is growing every, single… https://t.co/wK40pSYGhj
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) October 23, 2018
Just watched your narrative on the caravan. Maybe it’s time you quit Fox and started working with the nuts on MSNBC. shepard smith
— Robert Williams (@e9willy) October 23, 2018
Furious about Shepard Smith comment to tweet from Fox viewer! Shepard has no right to talk down to your viewers this way! Fire him.@FoxNews
— DRHamm (@DHambecusitmtrs) October 23, 2018
He didn’t tell the truth, he never does unless you’re talking about the news as twisted as his pea brain. He was looking for a fight and picked a viewer’s comment to puff himself up and put them down and I’d say by the responses it was a giant fail for him!!
— ?? Linda Bell ?? (@BurphamSlbell) October 23, 2018
@ShepNewsTeam omg Shepard Smith is such a little wimp…almost cried just now bc somebody called him on his NONSENSE ?
— KMBarlow (@BarlowKimberlyA) October 23, 2018
— Aymann Ismail (@aymanndotcom) October 23, 2018
@FoxNews @ShepNewsTeam https://t.co/p8B4eNiDEl. Shep, you lied to Hedi, you are lying to your viewers. Fox News should remove you. By the way, why not voice this view on @seanhannity or @LouDobbs you cowardly, dishonest piece of crap.
— greghales (@greghales) October 24, 2018
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