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Fox News has been whipping up outrage over a rehash of a fake Hillary Clinton scandal: the Uranium One deal in which Clinton supposedly personally sent 20 percent of America’s uranium to Russia in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation. The whole thing has been debunked too many times to count and in too many ways to count—there is literally not one piece of this “scandal” that doesn’t fall apart when you look at the facts—but Fox News’ Shepard Smith proved that there can still be surprises in debunkings. Like the fact that a Fox News anchor would debunk the nonsense that Fox News has been pushing every day. But that’s just what Smith did:

Most of the Clinton Foundation donations in question, he pointed out, came from Frank Giustra, the founder of the uranium company in Canada. But Giustra, Smith noted, “says he sold his stake in the company back in 2007,” three years before the uranium/Russia deal and “a year and a half before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state.” He added:

. . . The accusation is predicated on the charge that Secretary Clinton approved the sale. She did not. A committee of nine evaluated the sale, the president approved the sale, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and others had to offer permits, and none of the uranium was exported for use by the U.S. to Russia.

Fox News viewers were, predictably, outraged at this sudden outpouring of facts at their usual source for convenient lies. Twitter was flooded with rage-tweets from people who couldn’t spell the first name of the guy they’d evidently just been watching on TV, with many suggesting that he belonged—gasp!—on CNN. Because Fox News viewers are too allergic to reality to hear it even from one of their own.

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