News That Will Drive You To Drink

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The day after, literally the very day after AG Bill ‘Low’ Barr met with Rupurt Murdoch, Fox News Anchor Shep Smith has resigned. Axios email thingie:

Longtime Fox News anchor Shep Smith announced on Friday that he is stepping down from his position as Fox News’ chief news anchor, managing editor of the network’s breaking news unit and anchor of his weekday news show, Shepard Smith Reporting. Smith has been with the network for 23 years.

Why it matters: His departure comes as a rift grows wider between daytime news anchors and primetime opinion hosts at Fox.

Details: Smith’s last broadcast was Friday. The network sent a press release ahead of his final remarks about his departure on his show.

  • “Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter. After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged,” he said in a statement.
  • In his final broadcast remarks, Smith thanked the network, and said he appreciated the opportunities that afforded him to “travel the country and the world gathering the facts for you.”

Fox News personalities seemed shocked by the decision. Neil Cavuto was speechless after Smith’s final remarks. “I don’t know what to say … A better newsman you cannot find.” John Roberts said he felt like he got hit by a subway train.

Be smart: The news comes just days after Attorney General William Barr met privately with Fox Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch, per The New York Times. Details about the context of the meeting were not reported.

The big picture: The President has become frustrated with Fox News’ coverage in recent months, and has many times tweeted critically about Shep Smith and other Fox News personalities.

It’s pretty much now officially the office of propaganda and state-run media. It always was, but if they are shoving out dissenters from the real news department, well, it really is nothing more than a Republican Pravda.

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6 Responses to News That Will Drive You To Drink

  1. Also (unconfirmed) reports say he was escorted out by Security.

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  2. donnah says:

    Not a FOX news viewer. I stayed with some folks on a business trip and they turned it on first thing in the morning and it blared all day. It’s nothing more than brainwashing propaganda. I couldn’t stand the frenetic tone, the shouty panic, and the overall sense of hyper-drama. And it was relentless crap.

    So I always wondered why they kept Shep Smith and that other non-hyper lawyer on the show. I guess now they can go full-tilt insane and suck up to Trump with every hollow-headed sycophant in the crew. I don’t know how we get away from this nightmare.

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  3. roket says:

    I can’t wait for the book.

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