Shepard Smith, longtime news anchor, steps down from Fox news

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  1. savvydating profile image93
    savvydatingposted 4 weeks ago

    Fox News announced Friday that "Shepard Smith would be stepping down from his role as Chief News Anchor and Managing Editor of the network’s breaking news unit and anchor of Shepard Smith Reporting" as of October 11, 2019.

    Longtime news anchor, Smith, an outspoken critic of president Trump, is gone. It may or may not have been his decision. My thoughts? "Don't let the door hit you on the way out." Conservatives and Liberal fans....what are your thoughts. Will you miss Smith's presence on Fox? Any other thoughts about his reporting?

  2. BruceDPrice profile image80
    BruceDPriceposted 4 weeks ago

    I assume that anyone who is a long-time critic is not very useful, intellectually speaking, to me. That means he was maneuvering to elect Hillary, still a nightmarish thought.

    1. savvydating profile image93
      savvydatingposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

      I assume you are referring to 2016 and Smith's inability to accept her loss...

  3. abwilliams profile image34
    abwilliamsposted 4 weeks ago

    Goodbye Shep, good riddance...best news I've heard all week!

    1. savvydating profile image93
      savvydatingposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

      AB,  I was surprised, actually. Shepard had a "cushy" position as an anchor, for 20+ years on Fox, wherein his bias and propaganda was tolerated. He even had a good following among Trump haters (most Hubbers may not know that or admit to knowing that....but anyhooo...)

      In any event, Shep will have a home with  MSNBC or CNN, two failing networks, who will welcome him with open arms. He deserves that.

      So glad he is gone. There is a God!

  4. abwilliams profile image34
    abwilliamsposted 4 weeks ago

    Yves, whether he ends up at MSNBC or CNN....he will finally be home! Any word yet on who will take his time slot?

    1. savvydating profile image93
      savvydatingposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

      Lol. True that, AB! I've not heard word on who will replace him. Hopefully, Fox will hire someone whose reporting is more impartial. Good question, though. My ears are attuned. wink

      1. GA Anderson profile image93
        GA Andersonposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

        More impartial? Could that be the reason he isn't there anymore - because he didn't follow the party line?

        I enjoyed Smith's reporting. I could count on him to be a news anchor and not an opinion pundit.

        If he left because of his beliefs I think it is a plaudit to his integrity, if he was pushed out I think it is a strike against the network.

        GA

        1. Randy Godwin profile image92
          Randy Godwinposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

          Spot on, Gus! He's leaving because he would not accept Trump's lies. This doesn't work on the Fox network. Faithful viewers want to be lied to on this laughable network as you can tell by the comments on this thread. tongue

        2. savvydating profile image93
          savvydatingposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

          Perhaps Shepard was a true journalist at one time. Being relatively new to cable television, I have watched Shepard for a year at best. I believe any reasonable person must know that Smith’s reporting is opinion based. He asks leading questions of his guests. His opening statements are biased. He is given to conjecture, and some of his statements are entirely false. (I've checked) Furthermore, Smith is not opposed to blending truth and opinion. A journalist is required to report facts. He is required to report both sides of “the story.” Shepard has failed to do that.
          In fact, he became rather arrogant, given his seniority on the network, and I believe this gave him the confidence to draw heavily outside the lines of true journalism and to play to his base. The following is an example of his bias:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3gU3WwMsz0

          Toward the end of the broadcast, Smith asks his guest, Dominic, leading questions…. in the hope that Dominic will “implicate” the president’s support of Putin and Asaad. “Shep” is not disappointed. No decent journalist would do that. Yet Smith did it time and time again.

          I am happy to see him go. As I said previously, he is better suited to a network like MSNBC where he can start again, at the bottom, and wade in the muck of yellow journalism. But he’ll miss the respect he may have garnered at one time….. perhaps many years ago.

          His loss. Conservatives gain.

          1. GA Anderson profile image93
            GA Andersonposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

            Well, that is certainly one perspective. But it is not one I would agree with.

            GA

            1. promisem profile image96
              promisemposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

              I agree with you.

              See, we don't have to disagree ALL of the time.  wink

              1. GA Anderson profile image93
                GA Andersonposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                I know we don't always disagree promisem. But it is more fun when we do. ;-)

                GA

                1. dianetrotter profile image66
                  dianetrotterposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                  I like this guys!  I'm humming Kum-ba-yah!

          2. Randy Godwin profile image92
            Randy Godwinposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

            Yes, he's only been a journalist at Faux News since its inception, 23 years ago. He's actually one of the few real journalists at the network. Hannity and the other opinion spouters have no journalistic credentials of any kind, which you apparently like more than actual facts.

            1. savvydating profile image93
              savvydatingposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

              Right... your wisdom is astonishing....and I have ocean front property....

              1. Randy Godwin profile image92
                Randy Godwinposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                So who is your favorite journalist at Fox, SD? And why? My advice is to sell your oceanfront property as I did mine. These more powerful hurricanes make owning such vulnerable real estate as a high risk. Don't bother to thank me for the sound advice......

            2. promisem profile image96
              promisemposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

              Yep, Randy, you're right. If you do some research online, you'll see quite a few articles about his intelligence and integrity.

              Fox knew it, which was why they paid him $15 million a year even though he had their lowest-rated show.

              His low ratings say a lot about the Fox audience. They would rather watch moronic propaganda than someone with integrity and intelligence.

            3. dianetrotter profile image66
              dianetrotterposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

              I hope they replace him with a Shep or Chris Wallace type.  They need to have balance.

              1. savvydating profile image93
                savvydatingposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                Well, Chris is a Democrat. His voice is sharp and very staccato. Frankly, the sound grates on my nerves, but others are immune to it, I suppose.

                1. dianetrotter profile image66
                  dianetrotterposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                  ?  OK!  The Ellen Degeneres/George Bush friendship was a refreshing opportunity for discussion this past weekend.  Everybody is not like you.  It's good to have friends that have different opinions.

                  1. savvydating profile image93
                    savvydatingposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                    "Everybody is not like you."

                    I don't know what you mean by that. Care to explain?

                    As for Degeneres, yes, of course, I agree. The key word is "friends." I have them and we are not all alike, naturally.

              2. abwilliams profile image34
                abwilliamsposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                I think Harris Faulkner would be great in this time slot. She has a lot going on throughout the day, but she needs to be in prime time! She is another one of my favorites.
                Sorry Yves, I seem to be interjecting myself all over the place...lol

                1. savvydating profile image93
                  savvydatingposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                  That's an excellent suggestion, AB. She is really good. I would love it if she got the spot!

  5. abwilliams profile image34
    abwilliamsposted 4 weeks ago

    Personally, I don’t like the guy, I don’t like his personality...never did! He thinks he is funny, he’s not.
    What’s worse, he screws up his lines half the time and gets all tongue tied.
    Maybe he’ll be much happier somewhere else and more convincing that he has chosen the right profession.

  6. PrettyPanther profile image84
    PrettyPantherposted 4 weeks ago

    I cannot believe you righties don't recognize a real journalist. smh

    1. abwilliams profile image34
      abwilliamsposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

      Have you watched him enough to recognize him as a real journalist?

      1. promisem profile image96
        promisemposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

        Yes. He is one of the few people on Fox worth watching because of his non-biased reporting.

        1. abwilliams profile image34
          abwilliamsposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

          I tune in to Bret Baier at the end of the work day, in order to catch up on the news of the day. I believe him to be as non-biased as they come.

          1. promisem profile image96
            promisemposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

            Thanks for the tip.

          2. savvydating profile image93
            savvydatingposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

            AB....I've not watched Brett, but I do enjoy America's Newsroom and Sunday morning Futures.  As for Shep, I assume he chose to leave...at least that was what he said. He will be missed by some but as we both know, his reporting was not balanced.

            1. abwilliams profile image34
              abwilliamsposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

              Yes, agreed!  Check him out, he is on FNC at 6:00 p.m (here on the east coast) He does a great job of reporting the news, without bias.

              1. abwilliams profile image34
                abwilliamsposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                I like Maria Bartiromo, as well.

        2. savvydating profile image93
          savvydatingposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

          Integrity, intelligence and balance according to The Frick & Frack show: 


          “Faithful viewers want to be lied to on this laughable network as you can tell by the comments on this thread”

          “Hannity and the other opinion spouters have no journalistic credentials of any kind, which you apparently like more than actual facts.”

          “His low ratings say a lot about the Fox audience. They would rather watch moronic propaganda than someone with integrity and intelligence.”

          “Far righties don't approve of real journalism. Semi righties do.”

          No wonder the two of you are so confused. You’ve lost your dictionaries and your sense of humor.  How sad. But cheer up..... Cavuto isn’t going anywhere and he’s a Trump hater too.
          Now you can keep watching Fox like the rest of us...well, except for your friend Pretty P. who takes you at your word, apparently.

          Anyhoo......there is a light at the end of the tunnel after all. Isn't that wonderful? FYI: I didn't realize Frick and Frack had added mind reading to their routine. All this time I thought you were only doing comedy. Silly me.

          1. promisem profile image96
            promisemposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

            I watch Fox about as much as I watch CNN, which is almost never.

            My light at the end of the tunnel is credible, objective and independent sources of news and information.

            They don't include cable news channels that care more about entertainment than they do about the truth.

            1. dianetrotter profile image66
              dianetrotterposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

              I am over-indulged in news channels and twitter which takes me to all kinds of stuff.  I try to cut back because it makes me so anxious and upset.

              1. promisem profile image96
                promisemposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                You are not alone. The current state of American politics should make any normal person anxious and upset.

                1. dianetrotter profile image66
                  dianetrotterposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                  We have got to get to a better place as a nation.  I really don't think the "Keep America Great" slogan is appropriate in the midst of all of the tension and hatred.

          2. dianetrotter profile image66
            dianetrotterposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

            What are some of the things Shep said that were not true?  It is my understanding that he was doing news.  For it to be news it should be true.

            1. savvydating profile image93
              savvydatingposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

              "For it to be news it should be true."

              Diane.... Regarding your question, I think we need to define the meaning of nuance, opinion, facts, and recent history about media and journalism....so I'll get back to you on that.

              But first, I await your clarification on your statement that,  "Everybody is not like you."  On another occasion, you said something about, "People who look like you." 

              I have no idea what you meant by either statements, given that we do not know each other. Consequently, I believe it is fair to ask...

              Unlike promisem, Randy, or Pretty P., I prefer not to make broad assumptions about people's views or thoughts. So if you would kindly explain your statement(s) or opinion---whichever it may be, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

              1. dianetrotter profile image66
                dianetrotterposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                "Not everyone is like you."  I thought I explained.  Everyone is uniquely made - different.  Even the best of friends have different thoughts and ideas.  I refer back to what I said about my class.

                "Not everyone looks like you?"  Please show that to me.  Unless it was about George W. and Ellen D., I have no idea of what you are talking about.  Maybe on another discussion?

                1. savvydating profile image93
                  savvydatingposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                  Thank you, Diane. It sounds like the word "you" in your sentence means "people in general."  Perhaps that was what you meant on another discussion. It was years ago, but it confused me then as well....and honestly, I do not recall the context. Since this is only our 2nd interaction, so I thought I'd ask.

              2. dianetrotter profile image66
                dianetrotterposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                I went back quickly to make sure I was not attacking anyone or misunderstanding anything anyone said.  I'm at a lost to understand your comments. 

                Savvy
                But first, I await your clarification on your statement that,  "Everybody is not like you."  On another occasion, you said something about, "People who look like you."
                Response
                Please direct me to where I said “People who look like you.” 
                I just read back through quickly.  Maybe I’m overlooking it.
                Savvy
                Perhaps Shepard was a true journalist at one time. Being relatively new to cable television, I have watched Shepard for a year at best. I believe any reasonable person must know that Smith’s reporting is opinion based. He asks leading questions of his guests. His opening statements are biased. He is given to conjecture, and some of his statements are entirely false. (I've checked) Furthermore, Smith is not opposed to blending truth and opinion. A journalist is required to report facts.
                Response
                We agree that a newscaster should report facts.  Journalist ask leading questions in order to keep focus on the topic and stay within time constraints.  They are taught to do that in school.  That is why some interviewers are more successful than others.  It is a skill that they all aspire to cultivate.
                Savvy
                He is required to report both sides of “the story.” Shepard has failed to do that.
                Response
                If some is news (fact), I don’t know that there should be more than one side.   I have often heard reporters say that they don’t know certain things or information is still coming in.  Discussing both sides should happen with pundits who have expertise or knowledge in a certain area.
                Savvy
                In fact, he became rather arrogant, given his seniority on the network, and I believe this gave him the confidence to draw heavily outside the lines of true journalism and to play to his base.
                Response
                I have not noticed any arrogance. 
                Savvy
                The following is an example of his bias:

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3gU3WwMsz0

                Toward the end of the broadcast, Smith asks his guest, Dominic, leading questions…. in the hope that Dominic will “implicate” the president’s support of Putin and Asaad. “Shep” is not disappointed. No decent journalist would do that. Yet Smith did it time and time again.
                Response
                Shep was interviewing an expert or knowledgeable person because he lives in the area and knows what is going on.  The guest may have stated his opinions based on what he knows.
                Savvy
                Diane.... Regarding your question, I think we need to define the meaning of nuance, opinion, facts, and recent history about media and journalism....so I'll get back to you on that.
                Response
                You really don’t need to get back to you.  A fact is something that is true.  I don’t think I have interacted with you before – not sure.  I have interacted with GA, Randy, People and a couple of the others over about 5 years.  They know I don’t argue or make nasty comments to people.

                1. savvydating profile image93
                  savvydatingposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                  Thanks for your thorough contribution. It sounds like you really enjoyed Smith's reporting and that you may have studied journalism. To clarify, in using the word nuance, I was referring to Shep's reporting, not your lack of knowledge.
                  While not necessarily flattering to conservatives, the first article help explain why conservatives do not like Smith.

                  https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainmen … mith.html/
                  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldn … ation.html

                  Personally, I found Shep to be very arrogant. You and I disagree on that, however. As an aside, even off camera, he has been known to be rude to waitresses and others. He even hit someone with his car on purpose. Fox can do better. As AB mentioned, I think Harris would be awesome. That being said, she already has her own show.

                  1. dianetrotter profile image66
                    dianetrotterposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                    CheatSheet article states his differences with Fox News on covering conspiracy theories. There were no facts to support positions Fox News took on any of these.  Many of the positions Fox commentators took were disproved and they continued to speak of them as if thy were true.  It really was not about facts.  It was not about conservatives vs liberals.  Many conservatives appreciates Shep telling the truth.

                    1.  Obama showed his birth certificate (shouldn't have had to but Trump still continued to lie afterward)
                    2.  Football players kneeling (Trump should not have been involved in that.  Rather kneeling ok was the best method of showing concern for incidences of police violence/murder of innocent Black people, it was not about dishonoring the troops.)

                    I'm done with the list.

                    I first heard of Shepard Smith about 5 years ago.  Shep is nowhere near a perfect person.  He hit a lady w/ his car.

                    There are waaay too many that get combative and confrontational about issues. I look for the facts.  The best way to do that is check multiple reputable sources.  CNN is not fake news.  They have pundits that are definitely Democratic supporters.  Fox News has pundits that are definitely Trump supporters.  It's nothing to debate.

                    You remember me from somewhere else from a distant time.  That would have been an excellent time to call me on "not everyone looks like you."  I don't have racial, political, or other axes to grind.

                    I will definitely remember you after this exchange.  I will cease making comments on anything you write.  i am sorry we have had this unresolved issue for so long, especially, since I didn't know about it.

                    Have a good day!

    2. promisem profile image96
      promisemposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

      Far righties don't approve of real journalism. Semi righties do.

      1. PrettyPanther profile image84
        PrettyPantherposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

        Yes, agree.

  7. abwilliams profile image34
    abwilliamsposted 4 weeks ago

    I do wish Shep well, wherever his journey may take him next.

 
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