Shep: 'Dereliction of Duty' for Media Not to Correct False Trump Claims
Shepard Smith said on his show this afternoon that it's a "dereliction of duty" for the media not to call out Donald Trump if he says something that's inaccurate.
Speaking with Wall Street Journal editor John Bussey, Smith discussed the criticism of Matt Lauer for failing to challenge Trump last night when the GOP candidate claimed to have always opposed the Iraq War.
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In a 2002 interview with Howard Stern, before the invasion, Trump was asked whether he would support the action against Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
"Yeah, I guess so," he responded.
Trump said last night at the Commander in Chief forum that he "was totally against the war in Iraq," citing a 2004 interview with Esquire magazine.
"It's almost as if people are scared to fact-check him. We know the wrath that comes from him when you fact-check him. If you correct him using the facts, he'll rip you to shreds," said Smith.
"When he says things that aren't true and the media does not call him out, that's dereliction of duty."
Bussey said the media must be "very aggressive" in fact-checking Trump and Hillary Clinton, but believes they've done the job when it comes to Trump and the Iraq War.
"The media has been very explicit: here is what you said to Howard Stern and we're gonna hold you to it," said Bussey.
Meantime, Clinton held her first news conference in 277 days this morning. She took six questions, but none were about her emails or the Clinton Foundation.
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