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Why I Will Never Again Watch The Fox News Channel Anchor Shepard Smith

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The Journalists' Once-Enforced Edict

Today, I made a final decision to stop watching Shepard Smith, one of many news anchors at Fox News Channel (FNC).

I am a degreed, Mass Communications professional, and contained within my college curriculum was a requirement to attend journalism classes. All journalism majors are required to take the course—that's a pitfall of hiring talking heads over college-educated journalists.

Within the course syllabus I learned that one, unpardonable, unwarranted and worthy-of-being-fired-if-broken mandate exists for all journalists.

That 'law' reads, or rather, 'once stated':

"As a journalist, your reporting should always be objective. and violation of this journalistic principle is a serious breech of the public trust."

Think Shepard Smith is objective?

Watch his latest slanted report on voting laws (recorded 8/31/2106) and a typical Smith outburst alongside Trace Gallagher, and Judge Andrew Napolitano seen on the Fox News Channel program, "The Strategy Room".

Blatant opinionated reportage

Requirements For All High-quality Television News Anchors

The very first thing seen in your résumé assets better read, 'always nails what is showing in the teleprompter screen'.

Plainly and clearly stated, Shepard Smith can NOT read a teleprompter.

Two nights ago, I decided to count his reading gaffs. How about 65 within a one hour show? Unbelievable as it seems, this is an accurate number—I even cut him some slack here and there.

Following, is my theory on why he can't read:

Shepard Smith cannot control his emotions and this gargantuan flaw coaxes his mind to spin at 60 mph, while his mouth is working overtime at only 40 mph. Smith bumbles, fumbles, stumbles, and actually reads a teleprompter like a rookie.

I have watched and listened to most other anchors at Fox News Channel and they all perfectly read the prompter.

I cannot fathom paying a person several million dollars a year to sit in comfortable surroundings, peer into a boxed-in screen filled with words someone else wrote and simply read those words aloud to an adoring public.

THE basic skill a person occupying this enviable position should possess, is an ability to instantaneously recognize a word or a report collection, and verbalize that information without a hitch.

I was a sportscaster many years ago, and I've acted in close to 100 commercials throughout my working careers.

From personal experience, I know reading a teleprompter is easier than enjoying a pleasant night's sleep following the gulp of a first-ever, extra strength Ambien.

Finally, think of the truly exceptional news anchors.

  • Walter Cronkite
  • Chet Huntley
  • David Brinkley
  • Tom Brokaw

Somehow, the name Shepard Smith does not belong with this list, and he will never come close to meeting the journalistic standards these men applied throughout their careers.

His name appears to stand out and look strange when appended to this illustrious list of news greats.

  • Walter Cronkite
  • Chet Huntley
  • David Brinkley
  • Shepard Smith
  • Tom Brokaw

LAUGHABLE!

This Recent Exchange With Bobby Jindal Has Ruffled Many Loyal FNC Viewers' Feathers

So How Did Shepard Smith Become Fox News Channel #1 Mr. Anchorman

Shepard Smith began his career with Fox News Channel before the network rocketed to a coveted #1 position—winning out over vast communications conglomerates all battling it out in the ratings wars.

Bill O'Reilly is, in my estimation, solely responsible for FNC's meteoric ascension.

During this period of growth at Fox News Channel, O'Reilly was (please note my use of the verb 'was') an affable and a pleasant host.

Unlike Larry King, CNN's popular show and Fox's main rival in prime time, O'Reilly's character was different in that he could ask the tough questions of his varied guest line-up.
King, on the other hand, employed a softball style with his guests.

American audiences soon began embracing the firm, smiling, Irish TV host because his show brought a little bit of everything—much unlike The Larry King Show, where the format and flow remained constant.

While MOST anchors at the Fox News Channel hold PhD.s, and many are attorney's and doctors, Shepard Smith never finished college.

His out-of-control temper once resulted in an aggravated battery arrest (November, 2000) when he allegedly hit a woman with his car in a "oh no— you don't take my spot" parking space row.

Once the case settled out of court, Smith's charge was reduced to misdemeanor battery. Quite the man, our Shep... Ha!

Shepard Smith rode O'Reilly's coat tails (as did all of Fox News Channel) to bigger and better things. So, how did Shepard Smith become Fox News Channel's top anchor?

  1. He is blessed with a rich, deep and resonant voice.
  2. He carries himself with confidence.
  3. He is young and hip, connecting with the buster and below demographics.

That's it. Three superficial traits have made him a daytime TV star... BUT Shepard Smith WILL NEVER BE A DAYTIME OR ANY TIME JOURNALIST!

There's a loose cannon aboard

Shepard Smith belittles guests with verbal jabs meant to show his feigned greater knowledge and expertise.

His guest's titles or levels of education don't faze Mr. Smith—He picks fights with them, utilizing his limited knowledge stockpile spewed from a non-filtered pie hole.

If his behavior weren't so rude, it would reach the top of the laugh-o-meter.

Discover how the next video reveals more of why Shepard Smith is a journalistic travesty...

But now I have a big problem!

I recall watching well-written, non biased programs hosted thirty years ago or thereabouts.

Remember?

  • "Meet The Press"
  • "The 20th. Century"
  • "The Nightly News With Tom Brokaw"
  • "The Huntley-Brinkley Report"
  • "The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite"



I have grown weary of viewing self-proclaimed TV ego-maniacs wearing King of News crowns made of Fool's Gold—Fakes like Shepard Smith, who I now simply refuse to watch.

I have a hunch many other baby boomers are starting to feel the same way.

The deeper concern now is: Where do I (we) now embark on finding unbiased and accurate television news, reported by professional journalists?

Comments 61 comments

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puter_dr 5 years ago from Midwest USA

Shep Smith is one of the only folks at Fox I enjoy watching.


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copywriter31 5 years ago from Port Neches Author

A lot of people feel the same, puter_dr.

Thanks for your comment


Your Former Boss 5 years ago

Hey James, Linda here. Come on, tell us what you REALLY think. I personally don't watch ANY Fox news because the only things I find to be true about it are that it is UNFAIR AND UNBALANCED. Any station that doesn't show any respect to our President, no matter his/her party, is not a NEWS outlet, as you well know. Keep up the great observations and commentary. Your words make a differrence! Best wishes to you & Rhonda.


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copywriter31 5 years ago from Port Neches Author

Hi Linda,

When I saw "Your Former Boss" as the headline for this comment, I immediately went back to read this entire hub again checking for proper syntax... LOL!

I do agree with your comments... however, I find it difficult to find ANY news channel that delivers unbiased, world news coverage. Fox News seemed nearest to my needs, with the exception of Shep Smith who is the channel's top gun news anchor! As the song goes, "I'll keep on Searchin', Searchin." Best wishes to you and your family, Linda. Thanks for writing.


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Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

Unfortunately copywriter31, you're right. It's not just Fox News but they always grab headlines with their ridiculous "journalism" stories. I would like to see a channel that's just news without the opinion but I think it's becoming harder and harder in this age of instant information and instant opinion.


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copywriter31 5 years ago from Port Neches Author

I agree. And I also believe every network uses 'news' as a way to further some or all of their agendas. They don't even try to disguise their biased reporting anymore. Makes me wonder what newbie journalists are learning in their college Journalism classes as well. If these elite professors are teaching objectivity in reporting, it must be a 20 minute skim 'taught' sometime in the entire curriculum.

Great comment, Alecia


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copywriter31 4 years ago from Port Neches Author

Every once in a great while, I will tune it to the shepster for 5 minutes... I have noticed he is looking awfully haggard. Looks like his face is imploding. I'll read your hub to get your thoughts on why he's looking like he was hung out to dry.


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rebekahELLE 4 years ago from Tampa Bay

I had to see what you had to say as I've never watched his show. After a brief few seconds of the first video, there is no way I would watch his show. I don't watch any Fox news. I usually get my news online and watch the PBS Newshour. I find it is like news shows used to be and how news should be reported. They also have a very good website with extended news.


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copywriter31 4 years ago from Port Neches Author

I'm like you, rebekahELLE. I stay informed via Internet (although Google and Yahoo display an obvious lean to the left,) and on occasion, I will catch the CBS Evening News. Fox News Channel news shows are silly... Why is it that EVERY FNC anchor believes they are comedians? I'm not laughing!

Thanks for the post.


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee

Good hub and I'm in agreement. I also watch FOX, I want to hear the 'other side' and not just compliments to the Left that is leading us away from what America was intended to be.

Poor ole Shep-- voted up and funny...


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copywriter31 4 years ago from Port Neches Author

Hi samsons1--The Shepster was looking VERY unhealthy last time I saw him. I know many rumors are flying on the Internet concerning his health. I just know he's paid $13 million a year to flub teleprompter reading 101 ... I know 6th. graders who read better.


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copywriter31 4 years ago from Port Neches Author

Good observations, napetv -Honestly, I don't see how the man is rated so highly, but there obviouslly is a huge audience out there hanging on his every gaff, er, I mean word.


Betty 4 years ago

very shocking that people believe ch 's other than Fox are balanced they are so left winged I wouldn't give them five min. There is not anything said on Fox that isn't true of our President. He's the best liar since the devil himself. We are all going down the drain if he is reelected. Praying in La. We have had enough of the last 4 years.


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jbyers 4 years ago from Wapwallopen, PA

Good analysis. I too am a mass comm/journalism graduate and cannot believe what FOX passes off as news i.e. FOX & Friends. I lost any respect I had for Shepard Smith when he called Michael Jackson a freak after his last trial. Doesn't matter what he thinks or I think - report the news not your personal opinions.


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copywriter31 4 years ago from Port Neches Author

Well written... . and I agree!


ed-nh 4 years ago

In my opinion the worst anchor/newsreader on any network. In capable of getting through 3 or more sentences without tripping over his words. At times I wonder whether he is suffering from ADD Watching Fox news during the 4-5 pm and 7-8 pm time slots is like watching a news program for kids. And, at last it seems he has finally given up on giving the time for Oxford, MS. Who give a s---- what time it is in Oxford. And, what's up with Shep's sidekick Jonathan Hunt. e is always screaming.


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copywriter31 4 years ago from Port Neches Author

Very observant - his broadcasts mimic a 3 ring circus.


skaggsdn@aol.com 3 years ago

This piece appears to be talking points for MSNBC. It is certainly an unfair assessment of Mr. Smith at best.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

...Your view. We live in a great and free country, where everyone is entitled to an opinion. ...


Greg 3 years ago

So if someone fails at being "objective" and is no longer worthy of watching, whom do you watch? If you tell me that Chris Matthews, Piers Morgan or anyone at MSNBC is "objective", then your credibility just went to zero. I try to watch as many news outlets as I can (my preference being BBC), but I also watch other foreign outlets, CNN, occasionally Fox or ABC, but I've never seen such appalling bias in reporting as what I see on MSNBC.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

As far as I can conjecture, EVERY anchor at MSNBC is more than just a bit tilted left. So, let's straighten this out . . . I do not watch 2 hours' worth of poor television seen on Fox News, hosted by Shep the Smith. That does NOT mean I have boycotted every news show produced at Fox. I have found 3 (and 3, only) broadcasters worthy of being called TV Journalists at Fox:

1.Bill O'Reilly

2.Megyn Smith

3.Chris Wallace

I will and do watch these 3 regularly.

I will NOT watch Piers Morgan, and I think Chris Matthews is a cabbage head.

That leaves the Fox 3 and one other I find to be a great anchor, albeit, he leans a might left, and that's Scott Pelly at CBS. He's the closest thing to Middle Of the Road to be found in and among the shark tanks filled with hungry, vicious and liberal lap dogs found in all of the mainstream media.

A word or two concerning "The Five" seen on Fox News Channel. If anyone has viewed any one program, broadcast over a national news forum, please let me know what that program may be. This group of 5 "journalists" is a complete, total embarrassment, shining a spotlight on what REALLY goes on, or, doesn't; behind the cloak of a staff meeting at FNC. "The Five" Is THE worst TV news show available within major news' channel's offerings!


Connee Collins 3 years ago

I just watched Shephard Smith's uninformed comments about spying on foreign leaders' phone calls. How did he get a position as a reporter? Everyone knows that all countries collect information on friendly and unfriendly countries any way they can get it. This is called "security". This is how we protect ourselves (hopefully) against terrorism. Fox News needs to dismiss this naïve employee and get someone who understands how the world works.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Hey Connee - I could NOT have written anything better within this short block concerning the ShepLad. You asked how he got the position as news anchor? I believe he owns incriminating evidence against an exec at FNC in New York. You are right: He is naïve and uninformed. I think his most glaring is an inability to simply READ! He cannot read a teleprompter, and his ignorance shows in the number of his nightly reading gaffs. (I haven't watched the Shepster lately, has his reading ability improved?) Thanks for your great comment.


Janine Jaro 2 years ago

New embarrassing Shepard Smith comments yesterday, 15Jan2014. To say I am appalled is a gross understatement…FoxNews should reprimand Shepard Smith, at the very least, though it is my opinion he should be fired for his outrageous opinion expressed on air regarding the Munoz baby. "Are you kidding me??" he cries…are you kidding us, Shep? How about a little compassion for the baby - who at 21 weeks is NOT merely a 'fetus" but a living, breathing child with a beating heart who still must rely on its mother's body to protect it until it is born. In the absence of the mother's conscious ability to do just that, thank God for the hospital who is protecting the surviving PATIENT, the BABY! Why in the world would a father sue to have this child's life ended just two weeks before it can be delivered!? And why would FoxNews allow Shep Smith to so vehemently express such a pro-death opinion as if it were a no-brainer!? The child is alive - and until it is delivered, NO ONE has the right to sentence it to death prematurely and artificially - not the father, not Shepard, not FoxNews. You have lost me, permanently, as a viewer, Shep. You may think you have the right to express such opinions, but you also deserve the just consequences for them. Bye-bye!


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copywriter31 2 years ago from Port Neches Author

Good old Shep . . . he will never change.


Susan 2 years ago

Are u serious? Fox is the ONLY news station that still practices actual journalism. The list u provided names only ridiculous Obama lackeys.


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copywriter31 2 years ago from Port Neches Author

uhhhhh,,,, what?


Mikio013 23 months ago

Shep knew EXACTLY where that moron was heading with his "We have to be careful, here" nonsense, and he wasn't going to let him have the satisfaction. Shep is not my favorite by any means, but he was right in doing this. FNC is much more fair and balanced than any other news source, which is exactly why they will probably soon overtake even the major networks' news shows.


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Pollyannalana 14 months ago from US

Shepard is my least favorite at Fox News but just thank God for Fox News! Where would we be without them and I guess they all let their opinion out but I don't mind; I have enough sense to make an intelligent decision on whatever matter it is. I am in awe of the Fox Network that do allow opinions and even of the left who scream the loudest that I cannot stand but they are a part of the shows I like to watch being very fair to the left who deserve to all be in jail right now for all the scandals swept under a rug. Sure hope we get to clean house soon!

Would you believe I use to be a democrat? Yes, I even helped put that downfall to America in office the first time. God forgive me!


Tina 5 months ago

I like Shepherd Smith. His program is very informative. I am glad to see him back. It appears that he has been out for a while. He is my favorite anchor.


Jean 4 months ago

I do not know much about Shepard, but I do know about Fox News. Thank God for the truth. They are the only ones that tell news like it is. I also do not understand why people in our nation cannot understand truth when they hear it. My prayer is that God will give our nation another chance to straighten things out, get us back on the right track.


Maggie 4 months ago

Shepherd Smith is a self righteous know it all. Spoke so rudely to former Governor Jindhal today. He knows it all and thinks BLM is justified in their actions. Please fire him or I will turn off Fox.


bk 4 months ago

i used to like shepard smith. he doesn't report the news anymore. quite obvious he hates trump. that's ok but he is not supposed to show it on the air. i have never heard him say one good thing about trump. he is to sarcastic. he is a real turnoff and will not watch him anymore. i think they should put a few more scenes on his set


tkblackburn 4 months ago

Anyone who states "ALL" the other anchors read teleprompters "PERFECTLY" loses all credibility. Ever see the daft morning crew?

Any bias in this article? Hmm.


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copywriter31 4 months ago from Port Neches Author

The Fox news morning crew is ridiculous. However, these clowns don't, as a general rule read from prompters. Their goofiness comes straight from their wee, collective and individual minds. The 'bias' is factual, and based on personal observation - only.


Jenny 4 months ago

I watched Shep on occasion until the Bobby Jindal interview. I always found his left leaning bias distracting. His support of the BLM terrorists was the end for me. I have not and will not watch him again. He is a buffoon!


Jam session 5 3 months ago

The Shep boy is a riot! Working for Fox and luvin' on the Clintons. Good voice but reminds me of Bundy.


E. Davis 3 months ago

Shepard Smith is a joke and his recent tirades against a presidential candidate are way, way below professional journalism. I am ashamed that he is a Southern boy although I strongly doubt that he is proud of the MS heritage. If he were he would leave his personal trash feelings at home and report the news like a real journalist. Done with him - listening Fox?


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copywriter31 3 months ago from Port Neches Author

Well said, E. Davis


Debra fisher 3 months ago

He drinks his breakfast and lunch...that really IS funny


Shirley Dalley 3 months ago

He should go to CNN so we don't have to listen to him


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copywriter31 3 months ago from Port Neches Author

That possibility may become reality in the near future - Shirley


Deb fisher 3 months ago

Time to change channels everybody!!!


larry 2 months ago

Couldn't agree more with this article. S. Smith is a third rate actor at best, too full of himself. Remember Shep, big headed people like you eventually fall hard and find it very difficult in life, to fully recover. Fox News has changed and so has SS. Too bad.


Colleen 2 months ago

I enjoy The Fox channel. They provide news that the other channels don't cover. However, I will not watch Shepard Smith anymore. How did he get this job? He is rude and talks down to his fellow employees as well as his guests. I can't stand his un professionalism . He's a moron and proves it every time he opens his mouth. I am done with him. I hope Fox gets the message.


Sheila 2 months ago

I am done with Shepard Smith! Can't stand watching him. If I wanted his kind of rhetoric I could just flip to CNN!


Natalie Winiewicz 2 months ago

I can't stand Shepard reporting anymore! He belongs on Msnbc. I will never watch his show again. He just kept on on the Birther story and he would not let up. Why is this covered now just a month before voting? This was and is old news why now?


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copywriter31 2 months ago from Port Neches Author

Shep is a mystery to us all, Natalie - Will never watch him again. ...


Judy B 2 months ago

I am ready to turn off Fox News Channel. The different commentators are suddenly turning against Donald Trump as his following is increasing. No more fair and balanced. Probably higher officials are getting scared and told to tune down the Trump positive situations. Pitiful. We have to account our actions to a higher power.


Suzita Pagina 2 months ago

What...? Bush 41...thousand points of light? I love GHWB too, but what did that mean in the context of bombings? A few seconds later SS admits to profiling on the way to work today, looking at all the faces, but says the suspect was caught so won't worry about him tomorrow. Are u for real Shep? Is your glib superiority finally revealing the REAL SS? Tomorrow is possibly dangerous too. New Normal and all that.

And just heard "those who don't give a sh##". Get some sleep or a backbone, Mr Smith.


Kay 2 months ago

Shephard smith is the worst of the worst


Rich 2 months ago

You think CNN isn't uber biased on the liberal side? You think they're objective?


David H 7 weeks ago

I watch Fox more than the others, CBS is the "next to worst." Who is the worst...Shepherd Smith hands down. Being retired I usually leave the TV on during the daytime just in case something happens, except at 3pm when his dumb tail comes on, then its anything I can find. Fox really needs to replace him (Shepherd Smith), he is awful!


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copywriter31 7 weeks ago from Port Neches Author

Understood, David H - TOTALLY understood!


DA 7 weeks ago

I think Smith is opinionated and very one sided...not a lot of substance.


BKeown 7 weeks ago

Sheppard Smith needs to be looking for another JOB right after Roger Ails finds the "gonads" between his legs ....................................


Larry G 7 weeks ago

The absolute worst and most opinionated "news reporter" on FOX. I will NOT watch him. I wanted to puke.


Trini8 6 weeks ago

What an uninformed idiot! He reports on the Nice terror event calling Promenade Anglais Promenade English. Embarassing excuse of an incompetent reporter. Fox should get rid of him.


Pete 6 weeks ago

yes, I am also one of those who just turns the Shep Show off when it comes on.....easy, and do the same with Ms. Kelly: You can only take So much of that "attitude"......Sort of like Gutfelds's "gutter humor" in prime time......and Dana's nonstop pining for Bush....at some point.......will be making serious viewing changes in a few weeks....


Will Smith 3 weeks ago

I am not a Shepard Smith fan at all but I am really not a fan of James Ranka after reading this horribly written article. His opinion is absolutely worthless. Of course he went to journalism school which is the kiss of death to becoming a real journalist without bias. All journalism schools are bastions of ultra left wing bias. So I will never make the mistake of reading another worthless article from James Ranka.


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copywriter31 3 weeks ago from Port Neches Author

Will Smith, you're comment is written from a 2016 point of view concerning the state of higher education in American colleges. I graduated from Lamar University with a degree in Mass Communications in 1977. I can write ONLY from my learning experiences occurring in that year. I have no idea how journalism classes are taught today, although I hear that the left wing influence is rampant - but YOU KNOW this, because? Before you criticize my "worthlessness" as a journalist, lead me to some of your prize winning work. I would truly love to read it. I'm sure I would be hugely impressed. ... pompous ass.

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