Shep Smith appears to shade Fox News colleagues in award acceptance speech

Fox News’ Shep Smith highlighted the importance of “accurate and honest and thorough and fair” journalism as he accepted a professional award on Wednesday night.

Smith, the host of “Shepard Smith Reporting” also said telling the truth was “the duty not only of journalists, but of every person who has the honor of a platform of influence” as he received a First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation.

Commentators, including CNN’s Brian Stelter, suggested Smith was throwing subtle shade at some of his Fox News opinion-based colleagues with his comments. Smith has a historyof doing so, after all, and has been among the few at Fox News who have fact-checked President Donald Trump’s false statements.

He continued:

We must never manipulate or invent. We must never knowingly deceive. Because to do so is a disservice to our audience and potentially injurious to our society. I am convinced that upon those who intentionally misinform, history will poorly reflect.

Smith also warned “the times ahead will test all of us as finders and disseminators of accurate information” and concluded his speech with: “Good night and get it right.”

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Shepard Smith attends the 19th Annual National Lesbian And Gay Journalists Association New York Benefit at The Prince George Ballroom on March 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 248 -- Pictured: (l-r) Fox News Shepard Smith during an interview with host Seth Meyers on August 17, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 248 -- Pictured: Fox News Shepard Smith during an interview on August 17, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 16: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Shepard Smith during Friday's 12/16/16 show in New York. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Television Anchors Shepard Smith, Maria Bartiromo, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Megyn Kelly at The Cable Show on April 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Fox News anchor Shepard Smith on the set of 'Studio B with Shepard Smith' at Fox News studios in New York. Fox News Channel celebrated its 15th anniversary on the air on October 7th.
THE VIEW - Shepard Smith was a guest on 'THE VIEW,' THURSDAY, NOV. 5, 2009 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images) SHEPARD SMITH
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 08: FOX News host Shepard Smith poses on the red carpet upon arrival at a salute to FOX News Channel's Brit Hume on January 8, 2009 in Washington, DC. Hume was honored for his 35 years in journalism. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Jane Skinner and Shepard Smith during Fox at NCTA - FX, Fuel TV and Fox Reality - April 10, 2006 in Atlanta, GA, United States. (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage for Fox Television Network)
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