Shep Smith’s Days at Fox Numbered?
Steven L. Taylor
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Granted, he has been critical of the administration before (for example, having strong words about the way the administration treats CNN), but something will have to give at some point, given the overall tenor of the station’s political coverage. Via WaPo: ‘Lie after lie after lie’: Fox News’s Shepard Smith has a Cronkite moment on Russia. Video and transcript at the link.
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective.
He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog).
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I’m not sure about that. Smith has been making comments that differ significantly from those touted by the Prime Time lineup of hosts for quite some time now. As has Chris Wallace, who was in the segment along with Smith where those comments were made. Despite that, they’ve consistently renewed his contract.
One suspects that if they let him go, he’d find a slot at CNN or MSNBC rather quickly.
The days of Ailes keeping all the inmates barking at the same moon may have passed.
Krauthammer, Wallace, Smith openly diverge from the Tucker/Hannity crowd? They need a new iron fist in the glove or they have begun contemplating the unthinkable…breaking Reagan’s 11th Commandment.
Let’s help him exit:
Jon Stewart nailed it in an interview with Chris Wallace a few years ago: Fox keeps commentators like Wallace and Smith around to give the network a veneer of respectability it for the most part lacks. In short, they’re tokens.