Shepard Smith of Fox News was interviewing RNC Chairman Michael Steele on Tuesday, October 13th immediately after the Baucus Healthcare Bill passed out of the Senate Finance Committee, and apparently Smith has been drinking the DNC Kool-Aid again. Twitter’s @Michaelweiser summed my feelings up best when he said, “I like Shepard Smith, I think his center-left ideas are good for FOX. But I don’t always agree with him.” And that’s a valid summary, I think.
But Smith crosses the line with Steele early and often, as this video shows:
Within fifteen seconds the DNC propoganda begins from Smith, challenging the Chairman saying “Most Americans want the public option.” Note Steele’s discomfort as he tries to joke back with Smith a bout buying abridge in Brooklyn. By 2:00 in the cli the Control Room must be shouting in Smith’s earpiece, as he starts adding “With great respect, Mister Chairman, with GREAT Respect . . . It’s not government control at all.” Steele is frankly incredulous — “And You believe this– Really?
It gets uglier from there. The clip from about 1:5 to 2:25 is where Steele gives up and tells Smith to just go ahead and tal. At 3:25 Steele has just said that the Public Option would make it so expensive that employes would just drop their health plans and force employees into the /Government’s Health Care — Shepard responds that “Anectdotally, that’s already happening.”
Excuse me, Shep, but how the heck can that be “already happening” when there is no Government Health Care Plan in place yet? (I don’t recall any horror stories of employers pushing employees onto Medicare — and that’s the only Government Health Care Plan in place today.)
On Friday June 6, 2008, Hill asked whether a fist bump between then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle, after the final 2008 Presidential Democratic primaries was a “terrorist fist jab.” Hill, introducing an upcoming discussion before a commercial break, posited that the gesture was either “A fist bump? A pound? [or] A terrorist fist jab?,” but never explained the term when the segment continued after the break. The incident set off a controversy among bloggers and TV commentators. Hill apologized for her comments the next day. The next week, Fox News announced that Hill’s show America’s Pulse had been canceled.
Personally, I liked E.D. Hill a LOT better than Shepard Smith. And she’d be a good choice to replace Shep, who is not without his own controversies:
In November 2000, Smith found himself the subject of the news, while he was in Florida covering the Florida ballot counting controversy. The St. Petersburg Times reported that he had been arrested on November 17 for aggravated battery with a motor vehicle. The alleged victim was Maureen Walsh, another reporter who was also in Florida covering the election controversy. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, on July 20, 2001, the charge “was reduced to misdemeanor battery” and dismissed after “both sides agreed to a confidential payoff” during June 2001.
In April 2009, in response to the claim that techniques such as waterboarding may have been effective in fighting terrorism, Smith said in an online Fox News show, “I don’t give a rat’s ass if it helps. We are America! We do not fucking torture!”
I take it back. E.D. hill did LESS than Shepard Smith, but got fired.
Time for Fox to Fire Shepard Smith. If they want to be really fair, they can hire E.D. back as well.