Loyal viewers of Fox News Channel aren’t a fan of twice-failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton or former President Barack Obama.
So why is one of their star anchors covering up the story?
While multiple Fox News hosts have spent hours talking about Hillary Clinton and an Obama-era uranium deal in recent weeks, Shepard Smith avoided the story entirely.
He hasn’t once mentioned it, despite critics calling it one of the biggest political scandals in American history. Like the rest of the mainstream media, Smith is happy to sweep the story under the rug.
Fresh evidence that Smith is too liberal for the news network came in research released Thursday by the Hillary watchdog group Media Matters for America — the same group that had Bill O’Reilly fired.
During the three weeks starting Oct. 17, Fox News spent just under 12 hours talking about the Uranium One deal, with 29 percent of that time on opinion host Sean Hannity’s prime-time show.
In recent weeks, the issue has been at the center of the nation’s partisan divide. Hannity calls it “the real Russian conspiracy,” while Democrats suggest the story is used to distract from news about Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Donald Trump and ties to Russia.
Conservatives contend that mainstream news outlets are obsessed with Mueller’s investigation that has, so far, turned up no connection between Trump and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.
Republican lawmakers have called for a probe into the 2010 purchase of American uranium mines by a Russian-backed company, noting some of the company’s investors had donated money to Clinton. The state department, then led by Clinton, was one of nine U.S. agencies with oversight of the deal, although she has said she wasn’t involved. Trump has said the company’s sale is a scandal on par with Watergate.
Trump’s favorite morning show, “Fox & Friends,” spent an hour and nine minutes talking about the deal, second only to Hannity on Fox, Media Matters said.
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Smith’s 3 p.m. weekday newscast, however, didn’t mention the story at all during the three weeks, except for two minutes on Oct. 27… when Smith wasn’t in and Trace Gallagher substituted for him.
“The base doesn’t like Shepard Smith,” said Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the conservative Media Research Center. “That would be a heck of a Christmas present — dump Shep, let MSNBC have him.”
Fox News, however, said Smith was “one of the most valued and talented journalists” at the network.
The Uranium One story came back in the news through stories in The Hill in October that the FBI was investigating whether Russia was trying to gain influence in the U.S. nuclear industry at the time the deal was being considered.
It has been almost completely covered-up by the mainstream media, however. The MRC said ABC and CBS spent a total of 4 minutes, 38 seconds on this story, and while NBC News didn’t cover it at all.
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The Associated Press contributed to this article