It’s not every day that you see a news anchor “fact check” their own organization. But on Tuesday, that’s exactly what happene, and on Fox News no less.
Smith spoke on the so-called Uranium One conspiracy, which holds that a deal was made between Hillary Clinton, while she was serving as secretary of State, and Russia, for the transfer of nuclear material to that nation. In exchange, according to this theory, Clinton received millions of dollars in donations to her and her husband’s charity, the Clinton Foundation.
Their efforts, despite being tied to a false narrative, seem to be working: President Donald Trump still encourages people to look into the theory every so often through Twitter.
Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn't want to follow!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2017
But on Smith’s program Tuesday night, the Fox News host corrected the record — including calling a Trump claim from June 2016 about the deal “inaccurate.”
“The Clinton State Department had no power to approve or veto that transaction. It could do neither,” Smith said.
He went on to detail that nine departments — not solely the State Department — were given power to advise former President Barack Obama before the deal could be made, and that the deal didn’t transfer American uranium to the Kremlin at all.
“The nine department heads all approved the sale of Uranium One,” explained Smith. “It was unanimous, not a Hillary Clinton approval.”
Smith concluded his segment with a final blow to the conspiracy theory.
"The accusation is predicated on the charge that Secretary Clinton approved the sale. 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 for use by the US to Russia."
Despite citing the facts, many viewers loyal to the conspiracy theory lashed out at Smith.
Shepard Smith is always wrong, not to mention a flaming liberal and LGBT player and participator, which is probably why Fox keeps him around.— RiCkY D. (@AfiRmiTaS) November 15, 2017
See how fast the left comes to the aid of Shepard Smith when he said Hillary Clinton did not do nothing wrong.They still worship this corrupt woman and a sexual predator enabler.— RegularJoe (@RegularJoe1970) November 15, 2017
@FoxNews WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH SHEPARD SMITH ON FOX THE CLINTONS ARE PIGS AND HE IS RUNNING HIS MOUTH ON THE PRESIDENT IF THIS CONTINUES I WILL STOP WATCHING FOX NEWS BECAUSE OF SHEPARD SMITH IS A FOOL WE WILL BOYCOTT FOX IF HE CONTINUES TO ATTACH PRESIDENT TRUMP NO MORE $$— richard johnston (@hergenrider1) November 15, 2017
People need to go watch #Hannity opening monologue from last nights show. He tells you the truth behind all the corrupt Clinton scandals and why Shepard Smith theory is wrong— Frank Dinardo (@fjdinardo) November 15, 2017
Shepard Smith should be fired. He is a left-wing lib Dem idiot. Why does fox news have this idiot on?— Larry Foster (@LarryFo08929465) November 15, 2017
It's naive to think the right's dedication to hating Clinton could be overturned by the reasoned explanation of an anchor who has been part of the network for more than 20 years. Some people latch onto ideas so hard that, even in the face of overwhelming evidence contradicting their beliefs, they’re still willing to hold onto them.
Yet despite some of his viewers' misgivings, Smith should be given huge props for examining this issue and bravely calling out those who peddle this fictitious account — including his peers just down the hall.