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

Updated on July 31, 2017
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James Ranka, more widely known online as Copywriter31, earned two BA's - one in Mass Communications and the other in Music Performance.

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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, the 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 breach of the public trust."

Think Shepard Smith is objective?

Watch this latest biased report on Donald Trump Jr., July 14, 2017, and a typical Smith outburst alongside Trace Gallagher, and Judge Andrew Napolitano as seen on a now-cancelled Fox News Channel program, "The Strategy Room".

Shep Smith goes off on Trump Jr. meeting with Russians: We're being told 'lie after lie after lie'

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 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 in 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!

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 rating 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 an "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.

But now I have a big problem!

I recall watching well-written, nonbiased 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?

Comic Book Super Hero Smith Wearing His Journalist's Costume

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      Kay Simmons 

      12 days ago

      Caint stand Shepherd Smith.Hes a Trump hater.wish he would go to CNN.

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      Lillian Haurilak 

      12 days ago

      I heard that Whitey Bulgar was killed in prison today so I suppose Shepard Smith will be blaming President Trump for that too. He needs to go.

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      Karen Anthony 

      12 days ago

      Shepard Smith is NOT an objective journalist nor a reporter of facts as he pretends. It is beyond me why Fox News continues to allow his liberal, progressive, left wing, fake news diatribes. My husband & I refuse to watch his program & immediately turn off the TV. We do the same when the condescending Leland Vittert is “reporting.” Fox has so many excellent broadcast journalists, TV personalities & political commentators that is a shame that Fox allows Shepard Smith to tarnish the reputation of the Fox network! He belongs on MSNBC or CNN. Thanks for letting me vent!!!

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      Pat 

      2 weeks ago

      Why does Fox keep Shepherd Smith. We don’t watch him anymore

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      Jay 

      2 weeks ago

      Can’t take Shepard any more!! Wish they would get rid of him!

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      Betty Drake Montgomery 

      2 weeks ago

      Shepherd, Brtt and Chris Wallace are the only ones I watch on Fox, I watch all 3 cable news

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      theresa kelsay 

      5 weeks ago

      Dear Fox News...

      Why on earth does anyone want to continue to watch Shepard Smith...he is so anti-Trump....so bias to & with all his questions to his quests..Thank goodness for other reporters on this news network...love Martha, Bret, Hannity, Tucker, Laura Ingle, so why keep a bad apple when you have so many great one's..

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      T Soles 

      5 weeks ago

      3 PM to 5PM time to change stations, Shepard Smith is at it again.

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      Judy Turner 

      5 weeks ago

      Take a break and eat an early dinner or lunch depending on your time zone! The rest of FOX has truly the only “fair & balanced” news shows. I feel FOX is tilting Left, but it’s still more honest & fair than all the other networks in my opinion.

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      Randall 

      6 weeks ago

      There are good news people on Fox News. Who said you have to watch Sheppard Smith? Try watching Lou Dobbs or Sean Hannity.

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      Betty Jones 

      6 weeks ago

      Time to get rid of Shepard Smith as he is a pompous arrogant ass! He only provides his slanted view of the news!

      Why is he still on Fox? Time to go as many others feel the same as me.

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      Frankly 

      7 weeks ago

      I don't much care for Shepard either, but when I saw Tom Brokaw on your list, I knew you were an idiot.

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      Jorge D 

      2 months ago

      I know right? The only way guaranteed to be informed is to watch that one channel they told us to. The eloquent Tucker Carlson ... The investigative journalism of Hannity. Let the sheep get all the fake news from different outlets and get lied to by a variety of opinions. Good ol fox News puts us first. Just like our president...nefarious to believe hell ever betray us and try to put himself before us..the people.HAHA

      GEEZ LOUISE ...its irrelevant but...You get the irony?

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      Arlene 

      2 months ago

      I as well change the channel when it’s time for Shep to come on. I’ve never learned one positive thing from watching this egotist so why waste my time.

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      fcopp10 

      2 months ago

      I also Turn the channel at 3pm . If anyone wants constant negativity on Trump, go to CNN, MSNBC or the other Fake news channels! I tune to OAN! America One Network! Its 2nd best to FOX News! Try the daily Ledger at night. But what I would think would be nice is a channel that tells me bad, good and top news and let me decide whats more important to me. I think the Economy is more Important than if Trump did Stormy... Someone else may think the opposite! But tell us everything and let US decide! Thank you

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      JP 

      3 months ago

      He's just an angry little man, angry over the fact that he had to come out of the closet. Now his agenda is that of the LGBTQ which is 100% against Trump. Hey, i don't care if he putts from the rough, that's his business, but don't tell us your without favor or unbiased because that is a complete LIE. You pompous little pole puffer.

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      Teresaburton1952@gmail.com 

      3 months ago

      I agree ,and do not watch his show for the same reason

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      Michael 

      3 months ago

      Sounds like the author can't handle the truth!

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      JTMcKitrick 

      3 months ago

      Well, I guess that fair and balanced means there has to be at least some people like Smith to balance out the other intelligent journalists and commentators on that channel. What bothers me is now guests seem to slide to the left on his show, then back again on other shows on the same channel. Says so much about the cable news in general. But so be it. I really don't need to be watching cable news at 3 pm anyway.

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      Jay D Brooks 

      3 months ago

      Tolerance of evil, shows an unwillingness to stand for truth. 100 years ago everyone stood for truth. 100 years ago this individual would have spent life in hiding. Humans may change but the Author of Truth never does. Therefore, neither does Truth change, no matter how twisted humans become. Responsible people will tune out of Fox News at 3:00 PM.

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      Jim Dandy 

      3 months ago

      My wife and I always turn off Fox News at 3 o'clock.

      Ol' Shep is not very smart yet arrogant to the point of being disgusting.

      He regularly spouts nonsense with total convection! totally unaware of how foolish he appears. He belongs on CNN or MSNBC where these things are standard fare.

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      Ed Yung 

      3 months ago

      Shep Smith is as rotten as Geraldo, Jorge Ramos, Richard Fowler, & Karl Rove all of whom constantly talk over moderator & other guests mostly with BABBLE NONSENSE or lies;

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      Ida Vanston 

      3 months ago

      Watching Shepard Smith on Fox makes me sick. He upsets me to the point that I turn off TV. Fox News is the only one news station that represent unbiased and objective point of view. This is the only station that invites anchors with the liberal points of view.

      He does not belong to this station. Fox has accent objective and talented anchors from we receive unbiased information. He does struck me as the intelligent man. Does he finish a college?

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      PaulInHarlingenTx 

      3 months ago

      Sheppard Smith is not what Fox News stands for.

      After a hard days work, my desire is to sit at my recliner

      and watch conservative thoughts and commentaries on Fox

      News and Sheppard Smith has totally ruined my remainder of

      the day with his hate and negative comments and remarks

      about Trump. I can't imagine why he is a news anchor at Fox News.

      He needs to be relieved of his duties and let him get work with CNN or some other liberal network.

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      Joe 

      3 months ago

      Shep is a scumbag!

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      misterhollywood 

      3 months ago

      Shep is great. Seems like a lot of people here only want to hear pro-Trump analysis. That's not news but instead, propaganda.

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      Jonesy1981 

      4 months ago

      @Joyce, I want to know this too!

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      Joyce 

      4 months ago from Austin, TX

      Does Fox News have a place on their website that you can rate the news anchors? Does anybody?

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      Jonesy1981 

      4 months ago

      I usually change channels when S. Smith comes on, but yesterday I was in the middle of something. He did a many minute dialogue refuting every word President Trump had spoken yesterday at NATO about Germany and her dependency on Russia while not paying her fair share for protection from Russia! I was incensed with his attitude and his apologizing to Germany for our President. He said everything the President has said we’re lies or misrepresented.

      Now I find that Smith’s contract has been extended. This makes me sick. He is a disgrace to what once was a noble profession. I, too, have noticed his nonstop gaffs for years, and have even exclaimed out loud for him to quit fumbling. This new contract has to be the influence of Rupert Murdoch’s sons. Either that or the elder Murdoch is going daft.

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      C. Elorea 

      4 months ago

      Shepherd Smith should be fired so he can move over to his fellow compatriots at CNN or MSNBC. There they will be able to smell each other's flatulence with pride.

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      Sylvia 

      5 months ago

      Fox please fire Trump hater Sheppard Smith. He is so rude and snarky when he covers any news on our president. I feel he would fit in better at MSNBC or CNN. Perhaps a co-host with Rachael foam at the mouth Maddow.

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      Paul R Martin 

      5 months ago

      Shepard Smith is a real jerk. He is always mocking our president. I would like to see how great a job he would do as president. President Trump got North Korea to a meeting that was a great thing. If anything comes of it after their 45 minute meeting as far as a nuclear free peninsula and an end to the Korean war that is more than any other president has accomplished in years. This so called journalist is knocking the president. I repeat he is a jerk and Fox should fire him. If Fox keeps this jerk on my family will find a new channel to watch.

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      Tom 

      5 months ago

      WOW...several yrs ago there was a study done by a respectable university that wanted to know how people got their news and how informed they were of world events. You can google it to get the specifics. One of the facts the research discovered was that people who watch FOX news are less informed about current events than people who watch no news at all. FOX draws a line between hard news...such as Shepherd Smith’s show and entertainment television...such as O’Reiley and Hannity. Soooo...if Shep Smith is the only FOX show you don’t watch...you are one of those people who are less informed about world affairs than someone with zero access to a tv.

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      Daniel McCulley 

      5 months ago

      sheppard smith is a prissy, anti-american, smart ass.....should transfer to CNN

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      MITCH ROMERO 

      5 months ago

      I sometimes don't understand where Shepard Smith is coming from it seems he should be working for CNN or one of the other liberal stations he's always negative against Donald Trump with no facts to back up what he says.

      I used to think this guy was a hero because of his precise coverage of the Katrina hurricane in Louisiana but now it seems he's got a liberal view towards a lot of things but he's always definitely got a bone to pick with Trump.

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      Carolyn-Ruth Godfrey 

      5 months ago

      Talk about double standards...where is fair and balanced reporting with this anchor/ journalist lol? Should Sheppard consider resigning and offering his talents to a more appropriate network? Its my personal observations from previously watching his program is that he personally has made a mockery of the Fox News Mission Statement. Fox News Network claims to offer a fair and balanced representation of daily relevant news).I am a Canadian Viewer who appreciates the fair representation of all political views on this Network. The content of the Sheppard Smith Program,( in my view), does not represent the Fox News Network's mandate. Should Sheppard Smith be on the Employment line? If I could give Sheppard Smith some advice it would be to suggest he consider pulling that collosal Blue soother out of his mouth and possibly putting his big boy pants back on and deliver a fair and balanced show.

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      Jeff 

      5 months ago

      My biggest problem with Sheppard is that he constantly says he just reports the facts. I would respect him more if he come clean with his biases so we understand which is commentary not news. HE is just as biased as Hannity, but Hannity is a commentator not disguising his views. Shep needs to do the same and stop claiming his reporting is factual news.

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      Rick Potter 

      5 months ago

      I can not stand Shep Smith. He is not fair and balanced. He his totally against Trump. I will not watch fox at 3pm or listen to fox on radio when he is on. I wish he would be on MSNBC.

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      Bill 

      5 months ago

      There are ways of delivering the truth without revealing your opinion. A journalist is to deliver the truth objectively. It's just not done anymore. No one can believe anything anyone says any more and that's more than a shame. I blame the use of to many adjectives. It's hard to hide behind an adjective. They are a window to one's biases.

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      David 

      5 months ago

      I love fox news BUT I do not understand how Sheperdsmith Smith still has a job. When he comes on I turn them off. He is like most liberals by thinking his opinion is the only one that maters. Keeps talking and wasting time about Trump giving himself a pardon. Trump dosent need to pardon himself when he has done nothing illegal. Has not been charge with anything. Sheperdsmith Smith needs a job with msnbc. When he comes on fox I will just turn the dial.

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      vernon 

      5 months ago

      This must be one of those "Safe Spaces" that the snowflakes go to that I hear about so often on Fox.

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      Pollyannalana 

      6 months ago from US

      I want out of this, I can't stand the man and have said it.

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      terry barbin 

      6 months ago

      i agree. Shepard Smith is the only anchor on Fox that I can't listen to. He is anti-Trump and it is sooo obvious. Why is he on Fox? Most viewers dislike him and disrespect him. He should be on CNN, or ABC, or NBC. He sounds like the rest of the fake news.

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      Susan Moore 

      6 months ago

      I cannot stand Shepard Smith and John Roberts is as big ass as Smith... ,Just a little sneakier!!! They make a sham of reporting news and tweak every story with their anti -Trump, anti-conservative opinions. They should join Megyn Kelly. That would be a great fit. Total asses, both of them. We turn them off as soon as they start shooting off their biased opinions.

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      Ed Loiseau 

      6 months ago

      Shepard Smith is a tuned he belongs on CNN as long as he keeps his job I’m done with Fox can’t stand his voice he is arrogant does nothing but bad mouth the President he does not belong on Fox FIRE HIM HE IS BRING DOWN THE NETWORK

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      Scott Puckett 

      6 months ago

      Been watched Fox News all day until Shepard Smith came on

      Shep go to msnbc with the rest of the Trump hater

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      marie 

      6 months ago

      Shepard Smith is a HACK. I never look or listen him. He is a detriment to FOX. I enjoy most of FOX, but he is the thorn in the otherwise great line up.

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      Billy 

      7 months ago

      Shepard Smith is the best, and most honest reporter at Fox. No, I am not a liberal. That, however, does not mean that I just take what anyone says at face value. No one. Even if I don't LIKE the truth, I still prefer it over just hearing what I want to hear. As a conservative, I enjoy fox. As a real person I know that fox has basically become state run media and that is NEVER good.

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      stanley s 

      7 months ago

      shep has to go!!!!!!!!!!! Now!!!!!!

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      Joyce 

      7 months ago from Austin, TX

      Please tell me he has been fired! It has been so nice not having him on for the past 3 days! I haven't had to change the channel! Trace Gallagher is one of the best! I hope this is a permanent change!

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      RenateM 

      8 months ago

      Smith is the only one on FOX who gives both sides of the story. That's probably why so many of the people commenting on him are so angry. They don't like hearing there is more to what they're hearing from other "journalists" on FOX. I'm always appalled at FOX news stories which give half the story and leave out the other side--or deliberately make up what they want to try to support the FOX position.

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      Tom chaney 

      8 months ago

      Stop trying to sound smart. Its obvious youre jealous of the guy or anyone successful in your chosen field. I guess when people are doing what youre doing, they dont know how pitiful they sound to their audience. Grow up.

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      Johnny 

      8 months ago

      - let him go work for CNN or MSNBC - I turn the channel every time this lil' anti Trump snipe comes on at 3pm - he will cause you to lose viewers

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      Yvonne 

      8 months ago

      I will not tolerate Sheppard Smith. Send him to CNN where Fools flourish. His reporting is very biased and it amazes me that Fox keeps him. I think they really need to get rid of him AND Juan Williams.

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      Lee 

      8 months ago

      I am a regular Fox viewer except for Sheppard Smith’s hour. He is angry, biased and narcissistic. Fox needs to wake up and get rid of this bafoon before it loses more viewers. There is nothing worse than an egomaniac with an inferiority complex. He gloats with anything negative about Trump. He needs to lose that chip on his shoulder. Good riddance.

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      Michael 

      8 months ago

      Nothing Sheppard Smith says about Trump is objective. Fox must get rid of him or give him an opinion show called "I hate everything President Trump says and does ". Off to MSNBC with him.

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      Rj Kitchen 

      8 months ago

      I gave Shepard many chances but lately he is over the top. FOX PLEASE replace this man ASAP! What a waste of talent his progressive thought is ridiculous find a new home Shepherd like MSNBC!

      Rjk

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      Chuck Jackson 

      8 months ago

      I am opposed to Shepard Smith and his socialist based commentary. I generally enjoy listening to Fox News. How does Fox tolerate his rants??

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      LORI CONNER 

      8 months ago

      Shepherd Smith needs to go to maybe to CNN or MSNBC!!! He is not good for FOX He is not fair or balanced!!!..He needs to go!!! NOW!!!

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      mike 

      8 months ago

      Time for Shepard to go. Obvious extreme bias against Trump. The other day he referred to the Nunez memo as the "distraction memo". He's not even discreet about it. What happened to Fair and Balanced?

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      Bruce 

      9 months ago

      Fox. Get rid of Shepard Smith. All he does is piss off the rest of your loyal viewers. I refuse to watch that jerk.

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      jim 

      9 months ago

      you got it his time is numbered

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      Kathleen 

      9 months ago

      My TV stays on fox almost 24/7. Except when Shep comes on! He is so emotional over anything he disagrees with, that it is pathetic. His show is the only time I turn the channel. He disgusts me. It seems empowering for him to do stories on men marrying men and transgender issues. He twists words and makes up his own false narrative to suit his viewpoint. He needs to go.

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      H Boardman 

      9 months ago

      Just heard Shepard, when detailing Porters abuse of his ex wife, say he DRAGGED her out of the shower. However his ex wife said Porter "pulled" her out of the shower. Porter obviously has issues, but I'm focusing on Shepard here. This is just a small example of how he shows his lack of fairness.

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      Allen 

      9 months ago

      just because Shep speaks to some doesn't mean he has integrity. For those who believe that need to read up on the definition of integrity. I have caught him in lie and misrepresentation of facts time and time again. The the truth is he expresses simple progressive talking points which are not necessarily rooted in or supported by the facts. He really is a rather petulant and snarky twit of unremarkable insight.

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      S Modeski 

      9 months ago

      He's liberal bias is screamingly obvious. Wallace and Smith are the only the only two left on Fox that make me turn to another channel and watch reruns of MASH.

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      BM 

      9 months ago

      He is what keeps the "fair and balanced" in Fox news. Wallace and Smith are the only ones that sound objective in that channel.

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      Joyce 

      9 months ago

      Shepard Smith has a lot to do with the negative coverage...

      Here are some key highlights just from evening newscasts:

      90% of coverage about the President was negative

      5,266 negative comments were aired, as opposed to just 617 positive comments

      The Russia witch-hunt accounted for more than ONE-FIFTH of the President’s coverage

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      USA 

      9 months ago

      Smith is a big mouth with no class and a pure hate for the president his staff and Sarah sanders he should be expelled from Fox News plus he fabricates story’s it’s a terrible thing to have him on such a goood network he thinks he’s all that he’s not even good looking ugh go to cnn

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      Phineas 

      9 months ago

      The only Fox "news" anchor with any integrity, the only one who speaks truth to power, and this guy thinks he should be fired because he occasionally has a problem reading a teleprompter. It just goes to show how many "degreed professionals" have been educated well beyond their level of intelligence.

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      driheart 

      10 months ago

      Letter I sent Fox about a year ago. Sent: Thu, Feb 16, 2017

      Shepard Smith misrepresented president TRUMP news conference (2/16/2017).: RUSSIA: Russia and US are fighting radical Islam. Putin in Chechnya and TRUMP against ISIS. Putin has a global view which brought him to Syria as he realizes the the civil war there fuels Islamic Jihad apart from 400.000 casualties and millions of refugees which now flood Europe. If president Obama would have supported the devil that we know president Bashar al Assad a dictator and killer as much as Saddam Hussein and Muamar Qaddafi were needed in a violent part of the world. Removing them created a Biblical catastrophe and still senator John McCain among others did not understand. Instead Obama/McCain supported rebel groups (about 30 groups) at a cost of $700 million dollars. These did nothing bu perpetuating the Syrian civil war. See what the "Rebels" did in Aleppo. Putin, though belated, joined Assad and Obama joining Putin would have accelerated the end of the civil war. This does not mean the US will not continue to fight Russia for other violation. Joining Putin in Syria would have taken the wind out of Putin sails and have some influence on Iran too. Contacts of Obama and Putin: 2/26/2012 Obama tells Medvedev: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility."

      Medvedev replied: "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir." The Vladimir, Medvedev refers to, is presumably incoming Russian president Vladimir Putin. Secretary of state Hillary Clinton sells 20% of US Uranium mines to Russia getting 100 million dollars clearly a "quid pro quo" deal for which she should have seen a grand jury. www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/us/cash-flowed-to-clinton.. These two episodes out of many dwarf anything that General Flynn did. Regarding president TRUMP electoral vote and the president braging, president Obama did the same many time. Leaking information that is confidential is treason. Propagation of hate, making irrelevant issues a storm is a dangerous tactic that is rejected by most listeners of Michigan Forum. Shepard Smith was neither fair, balanced and was angry while reporting. This is not what I expect at FOX.

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      virginia 

      10 months ago

      Shepard Smith should do everyone a favor and go over

      to CNN or better yet, MSNBC where they would love

      him and the cheap shots he takes at President Trump

      every time he is on the air!!! Bring Bill O Reilly back

      for God's sake, and get these little creeps off the air

      on Fox news!!!!!!!

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      Mel 

      10 months ago

      Shep is the only bright shiney star on the Fox news channel. Trump is an idiot and Shep sees it and isn't afraid to say ot out load

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      George J Kuppler 

      11 months ago

      Shepard Smith is a full- on committed leftist and Trump hater. I tune in to Fox in order to brighten up my day with the truth, However, when Smiths' show begins, I immediately tune to another station. I do not seek to be angered by his arrogant pontificating, of lies and half-truths that come from the left playbook. YES, Shepard Smith is permitted to espouse his opinionated drivel under the guise of "NEWS". that's part of what the first amendment is there for. I JUST WISH HE'D DO IT SOMEWHERE ELSE.

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      Roxanne 

      11 months ago

      I used to watch Shepard Smith, but his vitriolic, openly disdainful verbal assaults on the President are out of control. As an embedded reporter overseas, Shep shines, but he needs to step out of political reporting in America, because he is doing everything in his power to undermine President Trump, and it is shameful.

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      Michael Rosenhack 

      11 months ago

      Before Donald Trump appeared I thought Shepard Smith was an all right news man and I enjoyed watching him.

      Since The Donald I no longer can handle watching him. He is obnoxious and nerve racking to see and hear.

      All the other networks with the exception of OAN are liberal and that is where he should be.

      Give up a break!!

      Michael Rosenhack

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      Tom Martin 

      11 months ago

      I no Longer watch mr smith's, presentation of the news, and I wish he would move over to either cnn,cbs,abc,or nbc,or any place but FOX

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      Ron W. 

      11 months ago

      Smith was good early in his career. I watched a few years back.

      Then I saw him in a promo about his new program and that was it for me. I can't quote but he says " This is my show and I get to call the shots". From that day on, he turned left and kept on going. Yes, I think he's well suited for MSNBC or CNN

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      ck*54 

      11 months ago

      I watch FOX NEWS every day off and on but when shepard smith comes on my tv goes OFF ! He shows great pleasure when reporting anything negative about President Trump so I think he would be a better fit at cnn . I really think he's a closet left wing die hard democrat . Keep your opinions to yourself you overrated blowhard .

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      Normani 

      11 months ago

      Shepard does not even give the illusion of being honest. I change channels as soon as his program starts. Not sure what he adds to Fox, other than an extreme Liberal viewpoint. Fox has many Liberals that make arguments, that make more sense than Shepard seems to be able to.

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      RuthAnn 

      11 months ago

      Smith is a hateful, evil person. Fox is losing viewers because of him. He lies and doesn't have the facts, but accuses everyone else of lying. I will never watch him.

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      Garrett 

      11 months ago

      Whatever Smith is as a performer, he is less-biased than the Republican propaganda arm he works for.

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      Sean 

      11 months ago

      Even if I am in my car listening to fox as soon as shep shows starts I switch to fox news

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      Dede 

      11 months ago

      His time on fox is up! He needs to move on!

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      Denise 

      11 months ago

      Shep should work for CNN or MSNBC. I DVR most of FOX NEWS' programing, but I skip right over Smith's. He is so bias that he is annoying I don't have time to waste on his show.

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      JCC PhD 

      11 months ago

      I lost it for ship Smith during his on-site coverage of Hurricane Katrina. His reporting of the cause of that disaster along with the rapes and murders taking place in the convention center and the Astrodome turned out to be no more than a dune of donkey dust. Clearly the responsibility for much of the loss of life belong to Mayor Ray Nagin and Gov. Blanco who dropped the ball, while Shep laid the blame on President Bush and FEMA. An investigation by the Army Corps of Engineers and others pointed toward the corruption and negligence that led to the failure of the levees. His rants regarding global warming were likewise way off base. I too change the channel whenever he's on.

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      jon georgantes 

      11 months ago

      I don't watch Fox frequently or for lengthy periods because I switch channels quickly whenever he appears.

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      Jeanna Green 

      11 months ago

      My husband and I noticed Mr. Smith seemed to start changing for the worst right after President Trump won. We have not watched him since. Nothing positive ever comes from him. Sounds like he should go sign up to be a backer for his lying Corrupt Unpatriotic Hillary.

      We don't think he brings anything to Fox that is worth watching. Maybe they will get smart and get rid of him like Megan. Once they get to big for their own britches it should be by by birdy!!!

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      Milt Sharpe 

      11 months ago

      Shep should be fired immediately. His biased, supposed news reporting is disgusting. He is opinionated and arrogant. Get rid of him now!

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      Tom 

      12 months ago

      Fox News Channel, Shepard Smith is when the channel changes. Get rid of him! You have much better talent to fill his pathetic spot.

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      Lynn 

      12 months ago

      I can't stand Shepherd Smith. I know many who have stopped watching Fox News because of the man. Many more are growing madder by the minute with Fox News for keeping him. Fox News have three I really and that's all. Fox News is changing and not for the best with people like S.S. just another CNN .

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      Cindy 

      12 months ago

      Fantastic article! I am retired and when I'm home, I like to keep Fox News on to listen to around the house. As soon as the jackass comes on I switch to Fox Buisness. Can't stand the biased, napolionic little jerk.

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      grady george 

      12 months ago

      when its time for shepard smith the tv goes off or to another channel. He is an idiot.

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      ismael unite 

      12 months ago

      fox should FIRE shepard smith. HE IS VERY BIASED AND definitely anti-trump

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      Kb 

      13 months ago

      Agree

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      Td 

      13 months ago

      Sheep is terrible. Loud mouthed, ego maniac, and self righteous. He comes across uneducated, certainly biased. He's Fox's Rachel Maddow

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      Tim Hamilton 

      13 months ago

      Agree completely. I switch to Fox Business when he is on.

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      Joyce 

      13 months ago from Austin, TX

      He is so annoying! We keep our TV on Fox News all day while we work around the house. I know when Shepard Smith comes on it's time to turn the TV off and turn on the radio or computer on to listen to Sean Hannity. They should get rid of him!

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      Taryn Jones 

      13 months ago

      Excellent article! I think you nailed it. I try to listen and watch him but he's a joke. I laugh at him at times I shouldn't because he's so bad. My guess is Fox keeps him to keep the "balanced" part. He's left and that's fine. I want to hear both sides but this guy drives me insane.

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      Ron T 

      13 months ago

      Get rid of this idiot.

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