两年前, 国家评论发表了一篇文章，将史密斯标记为 “计划生育大使” 到哥伦比亚广播公司, 并指责她 “冒充记者” and writing articles that resemble abortion-rights advocacy group “press releases.”
During an appearance on CNN, “可靠来源” 主办 Brian Stelter asked Smith what she thinks of conservatives who claim she was biased in her past coverage on abortion.
Smith pushed back on her critics, noting that major news organizations have “标准” 和 “律师” who review content before goes on the air. She added that she stands by every article in her professional career.
“I would say that making that accusation, you’re playing into the right. And anyone who doesn’t fall by their rules, who isn’t anti-abortion, is against them,” 史密斯说.
She also claimed conservatives “automatically think you are against them” when you attempt to be neutral and take in both sides of an argument, claiming the political right are against doctors and view them as biased because they are “for abortion.”
“I really reject all of that criticism… Again, I think these people just don’t understand how newsrooms actually work, they don’t have that kind of experience. 但是是的, completely reject that criticism,” 她说.
Last year when Smith quit CBS, she immediately spoke out about her support for abortion rights.
“Now that I’m not a reporter I can be candid about my own opinions on reproductive rights,” 史密斯写道. “I’ll say this: With or without Roe v Wade access to abortion is disappearing across the South and Midwest for low income women. And it’s happening more or less under the radar.”
她继续, “It’s a pivotal moment for abortion rights, and one that deserves a lot of coverage and our attention. Editors, I know there’s reader and viewer fatigue when it seems like the millionth six-week ban. But it still major news and ought to be covered.”
Conservative critics have knocked Smith for a number of past instances that they claim paint Smith as a biased reporter.
在 2020, she expressed sympathy to the Supreme Court’s liberal judges over having to hear a case that she said could “gut” the landmark Roe v. 为后 Roe v 做准备.
While at CBS, Smith also slammed then-Vice President Pence for promoting a pro-life event at the White House.
Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.