Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, a man who describes himself as a “journalist” even though he acts like a left-wing commentator, accepted the so-called Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation during a banquet held Wednesday evening in D.C.
The award is presented annually to a radio or television “journalist” or executive who’s “made a major contribution to the protection of First Amendment freedoms.”
It’s unclear what Smith, who cops an attitude whenever anyone tries to exercise his or her First Amendment right to speak the undeniable truth, and who has adamantly dismissed evidence showing that tech companies censor conservative voices, has ever done to uphold the First Amendment.
Nevertheless, in accepting his award the Fox anchor delivered a short spiel touting the need for accuracy and honesty in reporting and blasting the “trolls” who dare criticize him.
“Being accurate and honest and thorough and fair is our primary mission. It’s our professional calling. And everyone on my team takes it extremely seriously,” he said, referring to his colleagues on Fox News Channel’s “Shepard Smith Reporting.”
“I personally believe this is the duty not only of journalists but of every person who has the honor of a platform of influence. We must never manipulate or invent. We must never knowingly deceive. Because to do so is a disservice to our audience and potentially injurious to our society.”
Listen to some of the speech below:
“The times ahead will test all of us as finders and disseminators of accurate information. My team and I, like you and yours, will strive to remain on task, trying our very best to ignore the Twitter trolls and others who relentlessly pursue us, daily, and to get the facts to the people, ALL of the people. In every place, in every corner where information is taken in,” he continued.
“The First Amendment that this award honors gives us the protection to do what is right. To do what’s right, no matter what. To the founding fathers, we’re grateful and mindful of our responsibility; of our purpose; and of our duty.”
The sanctimony was stunning given his own history of peddling blatant misinformation, not to mention opinions falsely presented as facts. When during the 2016 presidential election he accused President Donald Trump of trading in racism, that wasn’t journalism.
Nor was it journalism when he warned his listeners last year that “the time to stop [climate change] is running out” and that doom and gloom awaits the denizens of Earth. That was nothing but shameless fear-mongering equivalent to the inane, widely panned nonsense frequently spouted by socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
And it certainly wasn’t journalism when he shared his opinion on torture 10 years ago: “We are America! I don’t give a rat’s ass if it helps! We are America! We do not f***ing torture!”
He’s not a journalist — he’s a left-wing commentator not too different than CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, another pretend journalist who quite enjoyed Smith’s speech.
“It was a powerful speech on a night full of them,” he wrote in his Wednesday night newsletter:
Fox’s Shep Smith: “We must never manipulate or invent. We must never knowingly deceive. Because to do so is a disservice to our audience and potentially injurious to our society.” https://t.co/rBByVVLbuI
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 14, 2019
The type of people who most appreciated Smith’s words tell you all you need to know about the legitimacy of what the Fox News anchor had said. Stelter is the same “journalist” who clapped with glee last year when hundreds of liberal publications all published anti-Trump editorials on the same day. He’s also the same man who routinely buries his network’s own mistakes, as well as those stories that make either the media or the Democrat Party look bad.
Is there anything wrong with being an opinionated commentator or news publication? Of course not, but some HONESTY would be appreciated. There’s a reason BizPac Review identifies as a conservative media entity. It’s unclear why CNN doesn’t likewise identify as a liberal one.
It’s likewise unclear why Smith continues to feign impartiality, or why he has bestowed an award that used to be given to non-biased journalists who “posted the news openly & honestly,” as noted by some on social media:
Shepard Smith honored with Leonard Zeidenberg Award for protecting First Amendme https://t.co/mtrpBZchPs #FoxNews This is completely ridiculous to give this award to Smith. The past winners posted the news openly & honestly, Smith puts his personal bias spin on everything.
— Bowsprit (@bowsprit8260) March 14, 2019
The only far left liberal on FOX gets the award. Way further than Juan. Go figure folks. https://t.co/JXqmbxVTRC
— Concerned Texan (@ConcernedTexan4) March 14, 2019
They just gave Shepard Smith the First Amendment award ,wow are they really that stupid and desperate? wake up Fox?!? pic.twitter.com/5CyDRc9gbl
— Bev T from Cali (@BThomas38542687) March 13, 2019
I can’t stop laughing!
Shepard Smith honored with Leonard Zeidenberg Award for protecting First Amendment freedomshttps://t.co/PMXwWU9NXR
— Scott Langhoff (@ScottLanghoff) March 14, 2019
— Beth Duffy (@bethduffy95) March 14, 2019