Ex Fox News Journalist/Trump Hater, Shepard Smith Announces He Is Donating $500,000 To The Committee To Protect Journalists

By HJIC at Illicit Info OPINION Blog

Opinion| Mark Sidney| Former Fox Newsman, Shepard Smith, who lost favor with many of his viewers after constantly bashing President Trump, is back in the spotlight.

Shepard, who is known for his unabashed style of reporting, has been lambasted by Trump supporters who see Smith as unfair in his treatment of President Trump.

I have to admit I used to enjoy watching Shep, but when he turned against Trump I lost interest in watching him opine.

I understand that some people find Trump’s off the cuff style off putting, but at the end of the day, we must go to war with the army you have.  A few off color remarks by Trump here and there is no where near as important as the fact that he has the corrupt DC DS on the run and fearing that the allegations against them will be proven in a court of law.

Perhaps the thing that I like most, or one of the things I like most about Trump, the thing that I keep going back to when the media tries to gaslight me into thinking Trump is evil, is the fact that all the people who I think are the problem in Washington, all the people who I think are corrupt, seem scared s***less of the man.

If you have RINO Romney AND Adam Schiff working against you, you must be doing something right.  Especially when you are on the trail of their corruption and they keep launching coup after coup against you.

In my view, Trump poses an existential threat to the DS.  I think Trump now knows that there is no peace to be had with the DS, this is a metaphorical (hopefully only metaphorical, I would not put anything past the DS if they think their alleged crimes are on the verge of being exposed), kill or be killed situation.

Anyway, back to Shep …

Smith, made his first public appearance since abruptly leaving Fox.  The former anchor announced that he is donating $500,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalism, the Hollywood Reporter has stated.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting:

“A free press is the underpinning of a democracy, and it cannot be taken for granted,” the news anchor said at the Committee to Protect Journalism’s International Press Freedom Awards. He announced plans to donate $500,000 to the organization.

Shepard Smith used his first public appearance since abruptly resigning from Fox News on Oct. 11 for the benefit of a cause that’s long been close to his heart: freedom of the press and the safety and protection of journalists around the world.

On Thursday night, Smith hosted the Committee to Protect Journalism’s annual International Press Freedom Awards dinner, a black-tie event that drew industry luminaries like NBC News president Noah Oppenheim and Washington Post editor Marty Baron. (CNN anchors Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, along with Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin, were also spotted.)

“A free press is the underpinning of a democracy, and it cannot be taken for granted,” he told the audience. “Press freedom is not the preserve of one political group or one political party. It’s a value embedded in our very foundational document. Journalists need to join hands to defend it. And I thank every one of you for doing that.””

Ok, I like the cause, as journalism is the foundation of our Republic, this is why people call it the ‘4th estate.’  However, the narrative that Trump is threatening the free press by calling them out when they refuse to cover the truth and try to hoodwink the American people, and the world, is not just absurd, it is dangerous.

Let me be clear, I do not think the press, even those who pose as ‘unbiased’ while shoving opinion and bias down our throats, should be silenced.  I think they are making a huge error in deceiving their audiences, and as Sun Tzu explained, one should never interrupt their enemy when they are making a mistake.

However, beyond the tactical belief that it is in our interests to let the MSM tie their own noose, the Operation Mockingbird media also has the same God given right to express their views, even if they are deceptive in doing so, IMHO.

The arena of ideas must be protected, and we must have confidence that the best ideas will prevail.  All we ask is that no one puts their finger on the scale.

This article originally appeared at Illicit Info OPINION Blog and was republished with permission.

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