Fox News anchor Shepard Smith was blasted by some of his network's loudest viewers for fact-checking Republican talking points about Uranium One, which defenders of President Donald Trump have used to allege that it was actually Hillary Clinton who colluded with Russia.
"What are the facts? What is Uranium One?" Smith questioned.
Smith explained that Trump's campaign line on Uranium One is "inaccurate in a number of ways."
"First, the Clinton State Department had no power to veto or approve that transaction. It could do neither," Smith noted.
"The accusation is predicated on the charge that Secretary Clinton approved the sale. She did not," Smith concluded.
Explaining the facts was seen as a betrayal by Fox News viewers, who seemed to prefer the network parrot White House talking points absent journalistic examination.
Here is a sampling of some Fox News viewers' reaction to Shepard Smith's reporting.
I normally don't tune into Shep's hour on FOX, can't stand his bias, but today while surfing channels he caught my… https://t.co/uXZqMWKDXy— S☉L TI☉ (@S☉L TI☉) 1510692919.0
@FoxNews @replouiegohmert Shep Smith just gave his opinion of crooked Hillary on the uranium scandal. Totally lied… https://t.co/PHwtWtNy2o— Joe catalano lll (@Joe catalano lll) 1510692425.0
#foxnews - Nice of Shep Smith (aka the shit) to present his views in support of Hillary. It's time for Fox News to dump this pro-ass.— essdee (@essdee) 1510692274.0
@foxnews unbelievable democrat Shep Smith states that “Hillary Clinton” did not approve Uranium-1 deal, 9 depts did , uses Politico 2confirm— St Martin (@St Martin) 1510692370.0
Is Shepard Smith Hillary’s attorney or what?!?.....geez he has to be on her payroll OR he’s drank a gallon of her k… https://t.co/VP6P8mI8Fu— Debra (@Debra) 1510693029.0
Shepherd Smith seems he has direct answers on uranium 1 . how about the truth. Hillary was part of the team that sa… https://t.co/QOpbWGyufp— just a look (@just a look) 1510692639.0
Those 9 that approved uranium deal were all Obama Clinton lackies. Just like Shepard Smith!— Frank M Grubb (@Frank M Grubb) 1510692213.0
@FoxNews if I wanted to see an unfactual and slanted view I would watch CNN. I can’t watch Shepard Smith anymore. I… https://t.co/fUtOUI3T2X— Jim Hennahane (@Jim Hennahane) 1510692085.0
Watch the Shepard Smith fact-check that enraged some Fox News viewers: