Newsweek by Brendan Cole
November 22, 2019
Former Fox News anchor Shepard Smith has made his first public comments since he abruptly quit the network last month in which he denounced “autocrats” who peddle misinformation.
The New York Times reported that Smith’s address as MC at the 2019 International Press Freedom Awards featured subtle digs at President Donald Trump, who often criticized Smith.
The annual dinner, which took place in midtown Manhattan, honors journalists who have to toil through government oppression in countries like Brazil, India and Nicaragua.
Smith told the audience of reporters, editors and media executives: “Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. We don’t have to look far for evidence of that.”