Shep Smith: ‘Fake news’ seems good for Trump, real news is ‘unpleasant’

Fox News host Shepard Smith said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE's attacks against Google appear rooted in the fact that he doesn't like the news. 

“What he doesn’t like is the news," Smith said on his show. "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 news is not good except the fake news."

Smith added that "the fake news seems to be pretty good for" Trump, but that "the real news seems to be unpleasant.”

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The anchor's comments came hours after Trump accused Google of rigging its search engine results against conservative news. 

"Google search results for 'Trump News' shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media," Trump tweeted. "In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out."

Trump then appeared to cite a study from a conservative media outlet that said 96 percent of Google search results for a specific news story go to media outlets rated as left-leaning on a media bias scale.

Trump later told reporters in the Oval Office that he thinks Google has "taken advantage" of a lot of people and that the tech giant, in addition to Twitter and Facebook, is treading on "troubled territory." 

Smith responded to the assertion by saying Trump's claim "means nothing." 

"What is he talking about?" he asked.

Reading Trump's quote on Google, he added: "I lost the page but it didn't make sense then, it wouldn't make sense now."

Google said in a statement to The Hill that its search engine results have zero political bias. 

"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," a Google spokesperson said.

The attacks from the president come as many GOP lawmakers accuse tech companies of bias against conservatives. 

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is set to testify before a House panel next week and will likely face questions on the subject.