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Fox News host Shep Smith wasted no time fact-checking Trump's address

10 January 2019

While networks air presidential addresses when the topic is of national importance, they're not required to do so. "My network will be carrying Trump's Wall speech live".

"It's like the patient zero of fake news", Wallace added.

"In preliminary numbers, the quarter hour (9-9:15 p.m. ET) containing the president's speech drew a combined 28.1 household rating in metered markets on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News and NBC".

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Veteran ABC anchor Ted Koppel, speaking with The New York Times, said Trump deserved the "benefit of the doubt". Interestingly, the Trump speech from the White House and the Democrats' response from the Capital building were perfectly matched on FNC, which will not be good news to that frequent viewer at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says the group had a "robust exchange" and 'questions were asked and answered'.

Trump's narrative about the southern border "really is fiction".

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"The big scam of last night - other than the more than half a dozen lies that were repeated by the president of the United States on roadblock network coverage - is the actual crisis is a fabrication", she noted.

Seth Meyers, the host of "Late Night" on NBC, took a position about this on his show Monday night. So the four major broadcasters and cable news networks showed him, while also airing rebuttals from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and making provisions of their own to pounce on misstatements.

In the past, Trump's talks to the nation have been carefully scrutinized for false information.

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"Now that the television networks have chose to air the President's address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime", they wrote.

Fox News host Shep Smith wasted no time fact-checking Trump's address