On Fox News Channel, Shepard Smith shares his thoughts on the White House banning a CNN reporter from attending a Rose Garden event.
Smith called out his "personal friend," the former co-president of Fox News, joined the White House as deputy chief of staff for communications last month. for barring a CNN reporter from a White House event on Wednesday.
"Bill Shine, full disclosure, is my personal friend," Smith said Thursday. "He was a producer, then executive, then senior executive at this network, and in that capacity, he was my boss."
"Civility," Smith said. "CNN maintains, the Correspondence Association agrees, and we at Fox News observe that Collins was civil, that she asked relevant and timely questions of a president who often answers questions under identical circumstances and in the same setting."
"One of our journalists might have done exactly the same," he added.
"Our profession is enshrined in the Constitution and the fourth estate holds the essential job of being your eyes and often ears and, when appropriate, your voice. It's a cornerstone of our republic," he said.