Accuracy in Media

Mainstream media lauded Fox News host Shepard Smith for what one commentator called “a methodical annihilation of his own network’s coverage of the story.”

But a closer look at Smith’s claims reveals he has trouble sticking to the facts.

“The accusation is predicated on the charge that Secretary Clinton approved the sale,” Smith said on Fox on Tuesday. “She did not. A committee of nine evaluated the sale. The president approved the sale. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and others had to offer permits. And none of the uranium was exported by the U.S. to Russia. That was Uranium One.”

Most of what he says correct. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States – made up of seven members of the Cabinet whose portfolios include related issues and two people from the White House, including the national science advisor and the U.S. Trade Representative – did sign off on the sale. Obama did approve it. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, whose members rubber-stamp White House intentions, did provide permits. And the uranium so far has not been exported.

But as Guy Benson at Townhall and others have pointed out, there is much more to it than that.

For one, Smith says the uranium mined in Wyoming was reported then to have represented 20 percent of the nation’s uranium; now it says it’s about 10 percent. The mine still holds 20 percent, but for now, only 11 percent is being produced. A willful and key deception.

He mentions the accusations sprang from the book “Clinton Cash,” and identifies the author as Peter Schweizer, a “senior editor at large at Breitbart,” an attempt to impugn his credibility by mentioning but one of Schweizer’s many associations. 

But Schweizer wrote the book in his capacity as head of the Government Accountability Institute, and he entered into agreements with both the New York Times and Washington Post to share his reporting and invite them to expand on it, which they did. His credibility as a journalist is virtually unchallenged – unlike Smith’s.

Smith also overstates his case when defending Clinton in the deal. He played a clip of Trump explaining that Clinton approved the deal and received more than $140 million in the aftermath.

“This statement is inaccurate in a number of ways,” Smith said. “First, the Clinton State Department had no power to veto or approve that transaction.”

He also makes a point of telling us the vote of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States was both necessary for the deal and unanimous. So yes, she did have to vote to approve the transaction.

Smith also makes a big deal out of the fact she sent her deputy to the meeting at which the deal was approved – as if the deputy determined on his own whether the State Department should approve it. He claims the deputy said Clinton did not interfere in the decision making when she made the decision.

Smith emphasizes that the Russian firm that purchased the uranium mine in Wyoming can’t export it, per the agreement. But he seems not to understand the Russians’ goal is to control the world’s uranium and that this moved them significantly closer to that goal and the big strategic advantage that comes with it.

He also says most of the more than $140 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation came from or through Frank Guistra, a longtime Clinton friend and that Guistra had been part of the ownership of Uranium One but claims he had sold his stake before the donations to the Clintons began.

Smith said the timing can’t be verified, and it’s hard to imagine why else Guistra would become so overcome with charity, particularly since the Clintons were forced to admit they had violated an agreement with Obama by failing to disclose the donations.

It’s also a fair question why such an agreement would’ve been deemed necessary by Obama and whether this had to do with Bill Clinton having helped Giustra with another uranium deal when he was president. 





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Comments

  • jg collins

    Sheepherd who?

  • John Hicks

    Why doesn’t Fox can his nasty ass?

  • bobs33hotrod

    SMITH, He needs to go ASAP He is another Lefty Snowflake. He pretends to be Conservative, but he really belongs tom CNN.. He is kidding nobody. Maybe he needs to stay home with his Husband ????
    BOBBY ~!~

  • John Cunningham

    He has slowly gotten worse throughout the years. Maybe he hasn’t gotten promoted like he believes he should. Now if he would go to CNN or MSNBC, he would get all the promotions his little heart desires.

  • jdelaney3

    FOX’s resident lib. So embarrassing. When I hear his voice on TV, I immediately switch channels. He’s an insufferably arrogant snot-nose.

  • rivahmitch

    Shove the little fag into a different closet… perhaps one at CNN.. where it would fit better.

  • arthur M. alex

    SMITH IS A DEGENERATE HOMOSEXUAL! HIS FAR LEFT, BORDERING ON ANTI-AMERICAN COMMUNISM HAS PROCEEDED SO FAR THAT EVEN FOX CABLE CANNOT OR WILL NOT REIGN HIM IN!
    THERE ISN’T A TRUMP HATER HE DOES NOT LIKE! SHAME ON FOX!!!

    UNDERSTAND HE LIKES GOATS!!!

  • arthur M. alex

    AS A MATTER OF FACT, ACCORDING TO FOX CABLE NEWS, HE IS THE G=HIGHEST PAID ANCHOR ON THE STATION!

  • Richard Schmidt

    So application for aproval appears on committee/president’s desk. How’d it get there? Did the Russians just mail in a request with 6 box tops?
    Nope Clinton shepards it in after a coincidental donation and speaking engagements were received by Clinton Fdtn and Billy Boy resp.

  • Richard Schmidt

    That proposal to sell Uranium was approved by joint Obama Committee and O himself. How did the application get on tbeir agenda? Did the Russians just send it in with 4 box tops?
    Nope! Cash was tendered in Clinton Fdtn and Billy Boys speech factory. Then consideration was given. Hillary “wasn’t even involved”.
    And they lived happily ever after! Because of boneheads like Shepard Smith.

  • Dreux Ste. Marie

    Please Shep…go work at PMSNBC

  • samiam

    Another liberal idiot that has no clue of the truth! I watched Hannity tonight and there was another clueless democrat! There are more of us keeping our eyes on this and we need to call them out as they surface!

  • John Cunningham

    Then I am sure he has something he is holding over some ones head. Heck, he only works three days a week. Always someone taking his place.

  • Dulcie A. Covington

    because Murdock’s sons and their wives who are all died the wall liberals run fox news now
    and they have been getting rid of Republicans with one after another trumped up charge. but of course Shep and Juan williams both obama lovers will never leave. so folks you are going to get lots of liberal B/S from now on.

  • john robel

    THE ANSWER THESE DAYS IS AON, AND NEWSMAX. SHEPARD SMITH IS A HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVIST LEFT WINGER.

  • MesaMark

    Thank you for pointing that out. Also, Rachel Maddow is never called out on that either. But it is important. Because it shows they have a narrow but dangerous political agenda that aligns well with Communist goals such as abolishing the family, abolishing religion and more.

  • Oldchopper

    Fake news from the Fox.

  • Shamrock

    Shep Smith is a twit and always has been. He’s not very bright, he mispronounces things with numbing regularity and generally proves daily that he would have to pull a few all-nighters to achieve a level of even simian intelligence level. He’s pretty much the incarnation of William Hurt’s “Broadcast News” character, only much uglier.

  • jaimelmanzano

    Sadly, the news these days is a tossed salad of unsubstantiated facts, and leaks, ladled with imaginative opinions.

  • Bernard R. Marks

    He has NO business on FOX….spank his ass and send him home to Hilleary!

  • TED

    MORE McNicoll bu**sh**!

    Smith was correct.

    Clinton hatred among the rightwingnuts is a mental disease!

  • rebeccadewhirst

    I watch Fox news all day long but turn him off when he is on….he is a social liberal

  • maryloujb

    I can’t watch Shep, he wears too much makeup. Couldn’t watch Obama either, he also wore too much makeup.

  • J. Glenn

    I also think that’s why Chris Wallace and Jerry Rivers (Geraldo Rivera) are held in such esteem, to name just two others. (By the way, I think you meant “dyed in the wool.”)

  • Ray Taylor

    Flagged & blocked. Co back to huffpo.

  • Amargomate

    Not really… I already swichted to OAN… no more Fox News at my home, with few exceptions…Sean, The Judge, Lou Dobbs…
    OAN a network for us conservatives…
    By the way… OAN is the 347 in Direct TV… link to see it here:

    http://www.oann.com/wheretowatch/

    Specially from 8.00 pm to 10 pm…

  • samo war
  • Peggy

    me too. Can’t stand to watch him.

  • Bill W

    Hey, a great source. Thanks.

  • Amargomate

    You welcome… Spread it…

  • Bob Alexander

    The only reason I used to watch Shep Smith was he so reminded me of James MacArthur who played “Danno” on Hawaii 50 & in all those cool Disney movies back when I was a kid. I turned him off about the same time as both he & Megyn Kelly lost their brains due to The Trump Effect [TTE]!

  • Buffalo Soldier

    Why was the US selling Uranium in the first place?