Fox News host Shepard Smith questioned President Donald Trump’s claim Wednesday that he is too busy to watch television.
During his Wednesday broadcast of Shepard Smith Reporting, Smith made reference to a tweet from Trump, in which the president defended his administration and said that he has “very little time for watching T.V.”
The W.H. is functioning perfectly, focused on HealthCare, Tax Cuts/Reform & many other things. I have very little time for watching T.V.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2017
While interviewing Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire, Smith considered whether Trump’s claim was true.
“It’s very weird, this morning he sent out that tweet about how he doesn’t have much time to watch television after responding to like six things that happened on Fox & Friends,” Smith said.
“Maybe it was eight, actually,” he continued.
Smith later added: “I mean, you know, good for you, we like the ratings, we like for people to watch, it makes us money, yay! But come on.”
Lemire said that Trump retweets Fox & Friends clips or comments “about something he saw” on television multiple times a week. .
Smith then referenced a Tuesday column in The New York Times by Mark Leibovich titled, “This Town Melts Down,” in which Leibovich described what he noticed when he met with Trump recently.
Leibovich wrote: “It was 12:30, but the president was not eating lunch. He was watching a recording of ‘Fox and Friends’ from about four hours earlier on a large TV mounted on the wall.”
“A journalist who was in the White House the other day described on another network the president watching a DVR recording of Fox & Friends hours after it ran while others were around,” Smith said.
Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy released a report in May depicting that among “news reports with a clear tone” from mainstream news media outlets — CNN, NBC, CBS, Fox News, The New York Times, The Washington Post,The Wall Street Journal and three European outlets — “negative reports outpaced positive ones by 80 percent to 20 percent.”
Fox News, who covered the president negatively 52 percent of the time and positively during 48 percent of its reports, was the only outlet to come close to breaking even.
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