Either Donald Trump is trying to make his friends at Fox News jealous or he really doesn’t like anchor Shepard Smith.
The president, who visited the sites of two mass shootings Wednesday, let his nearly 63 million Twitter followers know he wasn’t pleased with the way Fox News covered his afternoon press events.
“Watching Fake News CNN is better than watching Shepard Smith, the lowest rated show on Fox News,” Trump tweeted during a busy day of travel between Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. “Actually, whenever possible, I turn to OANN!”
ne of the station’s more controversial reports, which was retweeted by Trump, alleged black South Africans were killing white farmers and taking their land. OANN also floated the theory that the DNC was involved in the killing of Democratic staffer Seth Rich after suspecting that he — according to OANN — passed damaging information to Wikileaks.
The network also employs a correspondent who advanced the false rumor that Hillary Clinton was involved in a child pornography ring being run out of a Washington, D.C., pizza parlor.
Smith frequently frustrates Fox watchers for his unwillingness to toe the line for Trump and the GOP like his colleagues, including Sean Hannity — a ratings giant who infamously joined the president on stage at a political rally before November’s midterm election and labeled legitimate reporters in the room “fake news.”
Smith told the Huffington Post in 2016 that he and Hannity are in different lines of work.
“Hannity is trying to get conservatives elected. And he wants you to listen to him and believe what he believes,” Shepard said. “I’m disseminating facts. It’s really apples and teaspoons. What we do is so different.”