The real reason for Shepard Smith’s abrupt departure from Fox News was because he felt marginalized, CNN’s “journalists” have alleged.
“He left because he couldn’t take it anymore,” CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter claimed while speaking with fellow network host Erin Burnett hours after Smith’s abrupt resignation Friday afternoon.
“He was appalled by some of the opinion hosts’ comments. He felt he had been marginalized. There wasn’t room for him anymore,” Stelter continued, adding that Smith was allegedly “one of the only news anchors left on Fox.”
“It’s a sign of what’s happening to our country. There isn’t room for truth-telling on a channel like Fox. He presents facts about President Trump — often the facts that others leave out.”
Listen to Stelter’s discussion with Burnett below:
“I have been working on a book about Fox,” Stelter added. “Sources there love Shep Smith. They say he was there trying to tell the truth in an environment where almost nobody else was. Now he couldn’t take it anymore.”
He continued by describing exactly how Smith’s departure had played out.
“He headed straight to the elevator afterward, straight home because he was so emotional about this,” he said. “This was a hard decision for him. He thought he was doing something important by being on the air reporting the news. He was also making $15 million a year. But sources have said to me he wasn’t in it for the money; he was in it to try to counter all of the nonsense the opinion hosts air all the time.”
But much like Stelter, who routinely tells lies and behaves like a Democrat Party propagandist, Smith often fudged the truth in ways that invariably benefited the Democrat Party’s preferred narrative about President Donald Trump and other relevant issues.
Speaking of “nonsense,” for instance, it was Smith — not his colleagues — who’d distorted what Trump had said during his infamous call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who’d lied to FNC’s audience about the illegal alien caravan, who’d downplayed Hillary Clinton’s Uranium One scandal and who’d suggested that using the phrase “All Lives Matter” after three Louisiana cops were murdered was “derogatory” and “divisive.”
Case in point:
The evidence of Smith’s bias and dishonesty is vast, though for some reason his defenders in the mainstream media have chosen to ignore all the evidence.
“When you talk about what he was doing, he was speaking truth to power,” Burnett then said as her discussion with Stelter continued.
She proceeded to play clips of Smith allegedly telling the truth, though a keen analyst might notice that his “truth to power” sounded more like Democrat Party propaganda.
“Our reporting begins this Monday with President Trump’s latest misleading and xenophobic eruption of distraction and division,” he said in one clip.
That highly opinionated remark was made about the president’s criticism in July of the Democrat Party’s “squad” of radical anti-American freshmen.
“He decries fake news that isn’t and disseminates fake news that is,” Smith continued. “Think China pays the tariffs. The wall is going up. Historic inauguration crowds. Russia probe is a witch hunt. You need an ID to buy cereal. Noise from windmills causes cancer.”
One clip then showed Smith lying about the credible allegations of corruption by 2020 contender former Vice President Joe Biden that have been touted in recent days by the president.
“There’s no known evidence to support President Trump’s conspiracy theories about Biden’s activities, as we have reported here repeatedly,” Smith said.
After the clips finished playing, Burnett said, “That is the only time a lot of viewers at Fox News heard those facts.”
“That’s right,” Stelter concurred as the discussion concluded. “There’s nobody else on the air consistently rebutting the president’s lies. Chris Wallace does it Sunday.”
“But Shep Smith is a unique voice on Fox. I think it’s a loss for the country that he’s suddenly leaving, and I suspect there’s more to come about why he left.”
It appears many Fox News viewers disagree (*Language warning):
— Johnny S. (@JohnnytheRepub) October 12, 2019
@ShepNewsTeam Shep is a lying piece of liberal …….. Get him off Fox and send him to MSNBC where he belongs. Only good thing about him is he gives me time to see what CNN is doing. Forgot to change the channel today and got the reminder of why he is so offensive.
— Indepth Title Solutions (@Indepthclosings) December 14, 2018
— David Higgins (@dhiggins63) October 11, 2019
@ShepNewsTeam Good riddance. He ended his career as a TDS sufferer, a Trump hater, a biased reporter & a liar. And what did all that get him….lowest rated show on Fox. The viewers voted with their remote.
— PA (@PaMars21) October 12, 2019
When you get it wrong as often as Schlep, it’s time to go. He has been part of the problem more often than the solution. If only liberals, Judge Nap & Chris Wallace would follow. #Coup #FakeNews I don’t mind opposing views.. just lies and liars. @ShepNewsTeam
— Mr Warren (@ShutYourYapper) October 11, 2019
The latter user nailed the sentiment on the head. It wasn’t Smith’s clear-cut Democrat leanings that irked viewers. It was the lies, not to mention the smugness and condescension. He acted like he was better than both FNC’s best-performing hosts and its mostly conservative audience. But in the end, his inability to stop lying may have inadvertently proved the exact opposite.
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