It certainly sounds like it…
When President Trump spoke about the censorship of conservatives by social media and the suppression of right-wing news outlets by Google, Shepard Smith said that the President didn’t make any sense.
He read the quotes of the President in disbelief and called it ‘today’s new thing, not a thing, but a thing.’ He said that the President’s statements mean nothing.
But Smith’s ‘today’s new thing, not a thing, but a thing’ is pretty clear, then?
Smith asked Fox News White House Correspondent, John Roberts, what the heck the President was talking about with his comments about Google and social media.
ROBERTS: I think what he’s doing Shep, is he’s just venting, he doesn’t like the coverage that he sees, particularly in the Google search results. We pointed out some of what the president may have been either seeing on Google himself or had relayed to him. He sees a lot of Facebook postings that are anti-his presidency. But the Twitter thing to me was a little strange because there’s nobody’s more prolific than him.
SMITH: As one who might not like Twitter all the time for reasons that would be clearly obvious to anyone who ever went there and put my name into the thing, you know, it’s just part of the… What he doesn’t like is the news! 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, the fake news seems pretty good for him, the real news seems to be very unpleasant!
So, that’s straight reporting of facts, is it Shep?
Just a thought, but maybe you should get the facts before you report on them.
Did Shep just bite the hand that feeds him?
What do you think?
Did your opinion change, or is it the same as it always was?
Smith has said that he didn’t want to work in the Opinion part of Fox News.
In an interview with Time magazine, he explains that the journalistic arm of Fox and the Opinion arm of Fox are two different creatures. He dismisses the Opinion end as just ‘entertainment.’
Smith says he’s unbothered by the divergence between his reporting and Fox’s opinion slate. “We serve different masters. We work for different reporting chains, we have different rules. They don’t really have rules on the opinion side. They can say whatever they want. If it’s their opinion. I don’t really watch a lot of opinion programming. I’m busy.”
Unlike some portion of the audience that reflexively switches on Fox News, Smith is disengaged by politics. “I get it,” he says, “that some of our opinion programming is there strictly to be entertaining. I get that. I don’t work there. I wouldn’t work there. I don’t want to sit around and yell at each other and talk about your philosophy and my philosophy. That sounds horrible to me.” He cites his values growing up: “You don’t talk about your money, you don’t talk about your politics, and you don’t talk about your sex. Right now, everyone wants to talk about those things, and I’m not one of them. Not going to do it.”
What color is the sky in Shepard Smith’s world?
It’s not like he’s one to hide his opinion, and he’s supposed to be the ‘just the facts’ guy.
If you want to mix your commentary into your reporting, that’s fine. Just be upfront about it.
Don’t pretend to be something that you’re not.
Don’t be like Shepard Smith.
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