is actually the chief news anchor at Fox News anti-Trump? Sean Hannity thinks so.
Speaking on his radio show Monday afternoon with White House official Sebastian Gorka, Hannity said Shepard Smith was “a friend,” although someone who was no fan of President Donald Trump. His comments came as he argued Fox News is actually home to personalities using a wide assortment of political views.
“I like Shep,” Hannity said. “although he’s so anti-Trump. I mean, he went off on a rant last week.”
He appeared to be referencing a segment in which Smith criticized the Trump White House, asking why the administration continues to put out what he termed “lie after lie after lie” on the investigation into Russian election meddling.
“There are still some people out there who believe we are creating which up,” Smith said inside clip.
The comment was interpreted by some observers as a slight jab at Hannity, who has continued to tell his audience the Russia narrative has been pushed by the Democrats as well as media to delegitimize the Trump presidency.
Video of the segment went viral on the Internet after which aired.
“Shep Smith disagrees with me. as well as he does so vehemently,” Hannity said later on his radio show. “Fine, I have no problem with which.”
“I’ll say which about the Fox News Channel, there are voices on Fox which drive me nuts,” Hannity said at another point in his show. “Like Shep as well as I been friends for years, we just respect we don’t agree. as well as the media was praising Shep as well as he’s not the biggest fan of Trump, fine! We don’t talk politics when we hang out, when I see him we possess the best time as well as we just have which mutual respect.”
Smith is actually a hard news anchor who is actually supposed to cover the news straight down the middle with no bias. Hannity is actually a conservative talk show host extremely supportive of Trump. Both have been with Fox News since its inception in 1996.
Hannity’s comments about Smith highlight a deepening divide at Fox News between the network’s news operation as well as its opinion hosts.
Hard news anchors like Smith as well as Chris Wallace have expressed dismay in recent days with the news which has emerged by the Trump White House, particularly after emails revealed Donald Trump Jr. met using a Russian lawyer under the pretense she might provide “very high level as well as sensitive information” which might “incriminate” Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, hosts like Hannity, Tucker Carlson, as well as Eric Bolling have sought to downplay such news, instead characterizing which as hysteria by the supposed liberal media.
A Fox News spokesperson did not provide any comment.
sy88pgw (completely new York) First published July 18, 2017: 12:20 PM ET