We once shared Shep Smith‘s opinion….and the opinion of many…that the internet revolution would make us all smarter and bring us all together.

Boy, were we wrong.

“Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. We don’t have to look far for evidence of that,” Smith said at the International Press Freedom Awards in New York City. “Our belief a decade ago that the online revolution would liberate us now seems a bit premature, doesn’t it?”

The former Fox News anchor railed against authoritarian governments who are making it difficult and dangerous for a free press in his first public words since leaving the network last month.

“Autocrats have learned how to use those same online tools to shore up their power,” he added. “They flood the world of information with garbage and lies, masquerading as news. There’s a phrase for that.”

Check out some of his comments.

Smith talked the talk and walked the walk as well, donating $500,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

“A free press is the underpinning of a democracy, and it cannot be taken for granted,” Smith told the audience at the nonprofit organization’s annual Press Freedom Gala in New York City.

Smith didn’t address the elephant in the room – his abrupt departure from the network that employed him since it went live in 1996.

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