Sheppard Smith hosts “Shepard Smith Reporting” every weekday from 3pm – 4pm EST.
The difference between Sheppard Smith and many other shows on FoxNews is that Shep is what they call a “straight” newsman. Meaning his role is to deliver news in a “just the facts” manner. Objectively and without bias.
This is unlike opinion journalists like Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, The Five, Outnumbered, etc. They give their opinions all the time. And that’s fine. They do not represent as if they are straight news.
But Sheppard does give his opinions. On multiple occasions and sometimes in demonstrable ways. This is deceptive to the public.
By no means is Shep the only straight news reporter who displays bias. Truly straight news reporters are hard to come by these days. But contrast Shep with host of FoxNews Sunday Chris Wallace.
I recently learned that Chris Wallace is a Democrat. I have watched his show occasionally throughout the years. I never knew he was a Democrat. That shows he’s doing a great job keeping his opinions hidden. As is part of his job as a straight news man.
On the other hand, I am aware Sheppard Smith is a Democrat. One that is very much against Trump.
On Thursday, Shepard Smith responded to some of Trump’s press conference remarks: “It is crazy what we are watching every day, it is absolutely crazy. He keeps repeating ridiculous throwaway lines that are not true at all and sort of avoiding this issue of Russia as if we are some kind of fools for asking the question.”
Sheppard did not indicate which specific lines in Trump’s speech he objected to except for balking at Trump using the phrase “fake news”.
CNN does frequently engage in fake news.
But fine, Sheppard Smith doesn’t like Trump using the term “fake news”. Ok, that’s his opinion. He’s entitled to it.
However, he should not be giving his opinion in his role as a straight news man.
This isn’t the first time Smith injected his opinion into his show.
— In 2012 Sheppard said Obama was on the “right side of the 21st Century” in terms of the gay marriage debate. While characterizing Republicans as “sitting very firmly, without much question, on the wrong side of history on it.” He went further by comparing people not wanting the government to sanction gay marriage to Sharia law. Calling those people “haters”.
— Questioning Governor Bobby Jindal when he used the term “All Lives Matter”
— Called Trump “Almost Fascist” for saying he would prosecute and Jail Hillary Clinton
— Characterized voter ID laws as a way for the GOP to “keep minorities from coming out to vote.”
— in 2009 on the subject of torture Shep Smith lost his temper and said “I don’t give a rats a** if it helps, we are America! We do not f****** torture!” As he slammed his hands down on the desk like Hitler.
Of course anyone is entitled to a mistake. A bad day.
If this was one or two mistakes, I would let it go. But Sheppard Smith’s Anti-Trump bias has reached critical mass. It has been apparent all throughout the campaign and now.
Maybe I can understand why Sheppard is sensitive about the term “fake news”. Giving ones opinion under the guise of objective reporting.
Is that not what Sheppard Smith is doing? If it’s fake news when Russia does it, it’s fake news when Sheppard does it.
Its false pretenses. It is deception. It is propaganda. It has no place in honest reporting. For this reason, FoxNews should fire Sheppard Smith.
I don’t know why they didn’t do this long ago. FoxNews did cancel Sheppard Smith’s 7:00 pm EST “straight news” show a few years ago, leaving him with only his 3:00 pm EST time slot. It’s time for Fox to pull the plug completely. If they want to salvage some credibility over this issue. Not sure what else Sheppard could do that would be worse than openly opposing a sitting president.
And besides which, how is it a smart business decision to display the same liberally biased phony-straight news reporting? Didn’t FoxNews get popular by railing against that type of corruption? Stunning.
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I would accept if they simply just changed Shep’s show into an opinion show. He has strong opinions. Here is Sheppard Smith getting a Democrat to answer a question. A little rough, but I like that he held someone accountable for what they said. He may have talent with it: