Fox News regained its footing after a shakeup of its evening line-up in 2017 briefly threatened the cable network’s ratings dominance.
But some offhand remarks by one Fox News’ daytime host has torn open a rift within the network.
And now the prime time hosts are swinging back.
Time published an in-depth article on Shepard Smith titled, “Shep Smith Has the Hardest Job on Fox News.”
In it, Shep didn’t hold back about what he called Fox’s “opinion slate,” referring to prime time hosts like Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham.
He told Time:
“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.”
Sean Hannity was the first to push back.
The Washington Times reports:
“While Shep is a friend with political views I do not share, and great at breaking news, he is clueless about what we do every day,” Mr. Hannity, a pro-Trump conservative and prime-time Fox News host, tweeted Friday.
While Shep is a friend with political views I do not share, and great at breaking news, he is clueless about what we do every day. Hannity breaks news daily-Warrant on a Trump assoc, the unmasking scandal, leaking intel, Fisa abuse, HRC lawbreaking, dossier and more REAL NEWS! 9p https://t.co/zJpnnyFTtP
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 16, 2018
Laura Ingraham, a conservative host at the network, also criticized Mr. Smith’s comments to Time, calling them “inconsiderate & inaccurate.”
Always liked Shep, but his comments were inconsiderate & inaccurate. The hard working team at the Ingraham Angle does real reporting, develops impt sources and scores big interviews. Very proud of them. https://t.co/3aR1EHAK3Z
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 16, 2018
Shep Smith is sort of the odd man out at Fox News.
He regularly voices his opposition to Trump.
Not long ago he accused the President of caving to the NRA.
For someone who claims to not be involved in “opinion” news, he sure lets his personal views color his “reporting.”
What are your thoughts on Shep’s divisive comments?
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