President Donald Trump’s favorite network, Fox News, often hesitates to correct the president on his incessant lies. In fact, the network all too often helps perpetuate them.
But when Trump took the podium for a speech on the environment on Monday, the network took the extraordinary step of fact checking the president live on air.
As Trump touted all the so-called improvements made by his administration in the area of environmental policy, Fox News anchor and Trump critic Shepard Smith cut into the speech to list all of the green regulations slashed by Trump, including endangered species protections and water quality regulations.
Smith pointed out that
“The administration withdrew requests for oil and gas companies to report methane emissions data, it loosened decades old rule designed to limit toxic emissions from major industrial polluters, it stopped enforcing a 2015 rule that would’ve phased out the use of hydrofluorocarbons…”
The administration also removed clean power plans that would have limited the use of coal and it sought to weaken Obama-era fuel economy standards.
People were pleasantly surprised that Fox News was willing to dispute the president’s narrative rather than acquiesce to it, and only days after Trump railed against the network on Twitter for its weekend coverage.
Holy crap! Am I dead? Fox is using facts and exposing Trumps blatant lies about his climate policies. This feels surreal and I may have had a stroke…what’s next? Actually reporting on conditions inside detention centers? Addressing real issues? #AuntieEmTakeMeHome pic.twitter.com/iRNDlq1vzu
— John Gibson (@imJohnGibson) July 9, 2019
Haha great to see this coming from Fox. Finally some honesty! Way go to! Let’s keep that up. Get the rest of your hosts to be more admirable too and y’all could do some great stuff.
— Sir Logic (@SirLogic4) July 9, 2019
Smith wasn’t the only one to point out Trump’s reckless environmental policies in the time of a worldwide climate crisis.
The facts are clear: @RealDonaldTrump’s only environmental priority is to stuff the pockets of Big Oil & Big Coal companies that deepen the #ClimateCrisis & poison our water & air. https://t.co/KKrGkHcMG3
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) July 8, 2019
Very clear that Trump people have polling that shows that people care A LOT about clean air and water ,which is why they 1) keep hammering this lie and 2) pivot to this particular lie whenever the climate crisis is raised. https://t.co/oD4yZiajrb
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 8, 2019
In addition to lying about water quality and rolling back crucial regulations, Trump backed out of the Paris Climate accord—the landmark international agreement designed to offset the climate crisis—in 2017.