On Tuesday, Trump tweeted that Google was biased against him and that the search engine showed primarily bad things about him:
In his tweet, Trump seems to cite a right-wing poll which shows that 96% of the searches for a specific news story are directed towards left-leaning news outlets.
Later, whilst speaking to reporters after a meeting with the head of FIFA, the international soccer organisation, Trump stated:
“I think Google is really taking advantage of a lot of people,” he said. “And I think that is a very serious thing and it is a very serious charge. I think what Google and what others are doing, if you look at what is going on with Twitter and if you look at what's going on in Facebook, they better be careful because you can't do that to people. You can’t do it."
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“We have tremendous; we have literally thousands and thousands of complaints coming in. And you just can't do that. And so I think that Google and Twitter and Facebook, they are really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful. It is not fair to large portions of the population” he continued.
In the segment, Smith said: “What he doesn’t like is the news. It’s not the people who are delivering it or the platforms on which they receive it. It seems to be the news itself, because around there[the White House], the news is not good except the fake news.”
He continued to say that Trump’s statement “means nothing.”
Smith, reading through the quote again, tried to find the page on which it was printed but to no avail: "I lost the page but it didn't make sense then, it wouldn't make sense now."
Smith has in the past corrected Fox News hosts like Sean Hannity, whose coverage of Trump is largely favorable, and in an interview with Time Magazine in March complained that "opinion show" hosts on the network "don’t really have rules."
"When users type queries into the Google Search bar, our goal is to make sure they receive the most relevant answers in a matter of seconds," said their spokesperson.
Correction: This story's headline claiming "Shepard Smith slams other Fox News hosts" was inaccurate and has been edited