Whatever the topic, you can count on Fox News’ Shep Smith to tell it like it is, and Trump’s feud with the NFL is no exception.
While interviewing Politico’s Rachael Bade during Monday’s edition of “Shepard Smith Reporting, ” Smith stated what’s obvious to many: The anger from Trump and his basi isn’t about the flag, hymn, or military.
In recent eras, a batch of news organizations( including Smith’s colleagues at Fox) have claimed that the protests would like first of all former San Francisco 49 ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick were examples of musicians “protesting the national anthem, ” altogether overshadowing what’s actually being complained — racism and injustice.
Smith used his depict to correct that record.
In August 2016, Kaepernick explained the genesis of the protest. He and his fellow players are not protesting the flag or the anthem but, rather, the fact that we as a country are not living up to the ideals the flag is supposed to represent.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color, ” Kaepernick told NFL Media at the time. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be greedy on my part to look the other way. There are organizations in wall street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
“We’re complicit, ” Smith said, acknowledging the route his own network helped muddle the meaning of Kaepernick’s protest.
Smith points to Trump, his basi, and Trump-friendly media organizations as the source of the outcry, twisting the actual problem being protested to distract from the fact that he’s actually had a somewhat disastrous first eight months as president.
Policy-wise , not much have in fact gotten done, Smith pointed out, so there’s a is a requirement to ramp up phony wars with the press and with the NFL to frame him as a scapegoat:
“It’s very clear that for[ Trump’s] basi, this is the red-faced flesh of all blood-red flesh. Because they’re be permitted to reframe this. They’re able to say, ‘Oh, they’re criticizing the national anthem, they’re assaulting the troops. They’re attacking the flag.’
None of which they’re doing. They’re not doing any of that. They’re upset about ethnic unfairnes in the country and they’re upset about the matters that the president has told us — and yet he’s able to turn it around for his basi. Isn’t this all a play to his base and could it maybe be so that they don’t observe “were not receiving” health care and North Korea’s the biggest mess since the Cold War? ”