After CNN was shut out of a recent White House briefing, FOX News anchor Shepard Smith is insisting the rival news outlet's reporting is not "fake news."
Smith called fake news "made up nonsense delivered for financial gain."
He then said, "CNN's reporting was not fake news. Its journalists followed the same standards to which other news organizations, including FOX News, adhere."
Twitter reacts to the White House barring multiple news outlets from gaggle
Congratulations to @AP and @TIME for boycotting today’s White House gaggle in protest of exclusion of other media.
NYT, LA Times, WA Post, and Politico denied entry to WH gaggle. Breitbart, OAN, and WA Times allowed in. Censorship. It is Nothing Less.
Can we have a round of applause for the AP and Time magazine which boycotted Sean Spicer gaggle after the NYT, WP and CNN were barred.
Reporters from The Times, CNN and Politico were not allowed into today's Sean Spicer press briefing. Wow! Too far.
If you aren't alarmed that the White House refused CNN, BBC, & others from attending today's press briefing, you aren't paying attention.
A taxpayer funded WH just went out of its way to exclude outlets from a press briefing. This is as close to violating free press as it gets.
Can’t remember any press secretary from Clinton, Bush or Obama canceling briefing and handpicking small group for gaggle. @PressSec
Daily press briefing moved to off-cam gaggle in @PressSec office. Reporters who were not approved entry being turne… https://t.co/5AuEDVBlPA
Banning media orgs from WH briefing = crossing the line between disturbing rhetoric on press and concrete efforts to curb their work.
Good job @seanspicer. Why would we let media who hate us have access to @POTUS? Time to take a stand. https://t.co/8vJE2xENNI
His statement comes after White House spokesman Sean Spicer held an invite-only briefing that certain news organizations were barred from attending.
According to The Hill, other news organizations banned from the gaggle included Politico, BBC, BuzzFeed, the L.A. Times, the New York Daily News and The Hill itself.
CNN responded to the administration's decision by calling it "an unacceptable development by the Trump White House."