Fox News Network may be known for stoking the fears of its majority-conservative viewers and bolstering the falsehoods put forth by President Donald Trump, but at least one host is setting the record straight.
Shepard Smith assured viewers on his show, Shepard Smith Reporting, that despite the president’s fear mongering, the migrant caravan currently traveling on foot from Central America to the United States is not an “invasion,” nor are they a threat to the nation.
“The migrants, according to Fox News reporting, are more than two months away – if any of them actually come here. But Tomorrow is one week before the midterm election, which is what all of this is about. There is no invasion. No one is coming to get you. There’s nothing at all to worry about.”
Watch the video below:
Shep Smith on the migrant caravan: "There is no invasion. No one is coming to get you. There is nothing at all to worry about." pic.twitter.com/4dLmPuZem0
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) October 29, 2018
By all accounts, Smith is right.
The caravan is still around 1,000 miles from the nearest United States border. Even if it does reach the United States, it will do so long after the 2018 midterm elections. Its existence is no outlier either. The last caravan began in April of this year and peaked at about 1,500 people, but by the time it reached the United States, the group had waned to less than 500 people.
Twitter hailed Smith for keeping it real.
Shep Smith gives me hope.
— feminist next door (@emrazz) October 30, 2018
Some wondered what the segment must’ve seemed like to a devout Fox News viewer suddenly confronted with facts.
I genuinely wonder what Shep Smith's show is like to someone who watches Fox all day. Is it like some weird unsettling dream that they have once a day, but then it passes and everything makes sense again? https://t.co/eulMlmxZ9w
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) October 29, 2018
"Hi, everyone, it's me, Shep Smith here to tell you that everything my colleagues said up until this hour is fear mongering bullshit of the highest order." https://t.co/47fd0FJjt6
— crazy for (don) swayze (@maggieserota) October 29, 2018
Shep Smith’s show “serves as a portal that briefly transports viewers from the Fox universe into reality. For those who have Fox on all day, that world — aka reality — must feel like an alien universe,” @oliverdarcy says https://t.co/fMVVrzXyGf
— Jason Cumming (@jason_cumming) October 30, 2018
Despite there being little reason for alarm, the president appears to be swatting a fly with a sledgehammer anyway.