Smith has a long history of infuriating Fox News viewers by calling out Trump’s lies.
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Shep Smith continues to be one of the few Fox News anchors who will call Trump out when he lies.
Taking a page out of the autocrat’s handbook, President Donald Trump has been using the bully pulpit of the presidency to attack Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. According to sources close to Trump, he’s obsessed with Bezos because he also owns The Washington Post, a paper that has been critical of the president.
On Thursday, March 29, Trump took to Twitter to attack Bezos and Amazon for taking advantage of the United States Post Office to further its business interests. The tweets caused Amazon’s stock to drop the next Monday.
I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2018\n
While we are on the subject, it is reported that the U.S. Post Office will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon. That amounts to Billions of Dollars. The Failing N.Y. Times reports that “the size of the company’s lobbying staff has ballooned,” and that...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2018\n
...does not include the Fake Washington Post, which is used as a “lobbyist” and should so REGISTER. If the P.O. “increased its parcel rates, Amazon’s shipping costs would rise by $2.6 Billion.” This Post Office scam must stop. Amazon must pay real costs (and taxes) now!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2018\n
Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon. THEY LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed. Also, our fully tax paying retailers are closing stores all over the country...not a level playing field!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2018\n
On Tuesday, April 3, Shep Smith once again broke ranks with the rest of Fox News by taking Trump to task for his misleading tweets. Smith has a long history of infuriating Fox viewers by fact checking Trump’s statements
“As for taxpayers,” Smith explained, “the post office’s own website points out, and I quote, ‘The postal service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses.’” Instead, the service “relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.”
Smith then pointed to a Citigroup report which shows that the postal service was charging $1.46 below market rates for package delivery, but the bulk rate available to everyone.
“But our researchers point out, if that discount exists, it’s not just for Amazon ― it’s a bulk rate discount,” he said. “There is a great deal of confusion or something here regarding Amazon and the post office because none of that was true.”