As we all celebrate the departure of Trump-hater Shepard Smith from Fox News, details about his annual salary have been made public by CNN’s Brian Stelter, who is literally in mourning over Shep’s departure, and calls him a “role model.”
Turns out that Fox News was paying the hysterical afternoon host a whopping $15-million-dollars-a-year to rant and rave and spread fake news like an over-emotional banshee.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 11, 2019
The left wing media is portraying Shepard Smith as the #Resistance martyr who walked away from his massive salary because he could no longer work for a network that supports evil Trump. Maybe part of that is true, but it’s not the whole picture. Shep walked away because his massive ego was bruised by Tucker Carlson.
And truthfully, Fox News hasn’t really “supported” President Trump Since Roger Ailes left. The main reason Shep left was because he was reprimanded after the Tucker feud.
At the end of September, after Smith got former judge and Fox News regular Andrew Napolitano‘s opinions about President Donald Trump, a guest of Carlson’s, Joe DiGenova, called Napolitano “a fool.”
The next day, Smith fired back on his show, Smith took aim Carlson, 50, on his own show, noting that the comment was made by a “partisan” guest on an “opinion show.” He said the comment went “unchallenged” by Carlson.
“Attacking our colleague who’s here to offer legal assessments on our air is repugnant,” Smith added at the time to viewers.
The feud continued, as Carlson ended up calling Smith “partisan.”Although Vanity Fair claimed sources said network executives told Smith to stop attacking Carlson on air, a Fox News spokesperson denied “anyone” spoke to Smith about it.
Smith’s exit is another disruption for Fox News, which came under fire over various sexual harassment issues. [Radar Online]
The timing is too coincidental for the two issues not to be connected.
Shepard Smith had been with Fox News for over two decades, and I’m sure he enjoyed the status that comes with that impressive tenure – and until he contracted a terminal case of Trump Derangement Syndrome, Shep was a fairly likable guy.
However, as we all know, the election changed Shep, he turned into a hysterical and irrational Trump basher, and his show became more about Shep’s feelings than facts and truth. So, when he was called out for his partisanship, by Tucker, who is a relatively new personality at Fox, Shep was likely deeply offended, and as a result he lashed out. Things got even more heated when he was confronted and reprimanded by Fox management for his behavior, and was told to stop attacking Tucker, who is the big ratings grabber at Fox News.
That had to sting.
Someone like Shep, who is such an emotional man, must have a very fragile ego, so it’s no wonder he took his ball and stomped off.
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Smith suggested previously in interviews, such as with Time, that he didn’t know what would replace him on the network if he decided to leave. He considered himself an unbiased reporter delivering a facts-based newscast – unlike his pro-Trump colleagues, who openly use their later airtime segments to support the president’s agenda.
Smith’s segment is going to remain a news program, and Fox News has stated that its news anchors Jon Scott and Trace Gallagher will fill in for the interim.
Smith’s ratings weren’t the reason for his departure. Fox News is the most-watched cable news network, and Smith beat out his 3PM time slot competitors on other networks, including CNN and MSNBC, by double-digit Nielsen Media Research ratings.
While Smith had comparatively high ratings, his were still lower than his opinionated colleagues, like Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham.
He also sparred with those later hosts, and Carlson most recently. Smith criticized Carlson for failing to defend their colleague Judge Andrew Napolitano when a guest on Carlson’s segment called Napolitano “a fool.”
A Fox News insider told CNN that Fox’s failure to defend either Napolitano or Smith after the incident factored into his decision to leave. Early speculation online after Smith’s announcement, including from Trump, left many wondering whether executives had forced him out due to his willingness to criticize the Trump administration. But insiders say Smith’s managers asked him to stay. [Business Insider]
Regardless of why he left, I think we can all agree that it’s good that Shep is gone. I don’t think that Shep’s departure fixes the issues at Fox News, but I think it’s a significant step in the right direction.
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