On Thursday, Fox News host Shepard Smith slammed Donald Trump for spreading fake news after the president spent the week defending a false claim from Sunday that Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian. "He decries fake news that isn't and disseminates fake news that is," Smith said of the president.
The Fox News host then listed off multiple examples of the "endless" fake news the president has promoted: "China pays the tariffs. The wall is going up. Historic inauguration crowds. Russia probe is a witch hunt. You need an ID to buy cereal. Noise from windmills causes cancers."
Like most Trump controversies, this all started with a tweet from the president on Sunday, warning Alabamans of the incoming storm. But, that claim was swiftly refuted by the Birmingham National Weather Service.
In addition to Florida - South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated. Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever. Already category 5. BE CAREFUL! GOD BLESS EVERYONE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2019
The president continued to defend his claim as the week went on and Hurricane Dorian continued to wreak havoc. On Wednesday, the president showed a National Hurricane Center forecast map that was doctored with a sharpie to incorporate Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico into Dorian's East Coast path, beginning #sharpiegate.
Per the Huffington Post, President Trump tweeted about this Alabama forecast nine times this week, which includes a forecast map from Aug. 28 that the president tweeted Wednesday.
"It was four days old at the precise time he said Alabama would likely be hit harder than anticipated. By then, it was fake news defined," Smith said of the tweeted map.
This was the originally projected path of the Hurricane in its early stages. As you can see, almost all models predicted it to go through Florida also hitting Georgia and Alabama. I accept the Fake News apologies! pic.twitter.com/0uCT0Qvyo6— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2019
Smith was joined by Fox News correspondent John Roberts, who just returned from a meeting in the Oval Office. In that meeting, White House officials once again referenced that Friday, Aug. 28 forecast to explain Trump's confusion. "Maybe he still had that in his mind on Sunday when he tweeted, despite the fact that every forecast track showed Dorian staying well away from Alabama," relayed Robert's with a shrug.
Shepard Smith Reporting airs weekday’s at 3 p.m. on Fox News.
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