I have a love/hate relationship with Shepard Smith. On one hand, he comes across to me as a boozy misogynist with a con man's smooth patter. On the other he appears much more real than the other airbrushed mannequins he shares the microphone with.
I saw the clip of his comments after the Holocaust Museum shootings and yet again I thought, "There goes his job. God, I hope CNN picks him up!"
We all know Shep is famous for telling you what he thinks. But no one else in the news world ever really said anything when he did and Fox's response would be to just hype him more.
Until now. Wow! I have seen blogs and news sites all over the place either singing Shep's praises or calling him a traitor and all of them are feverishly speculating whether the Great Wrinkled One and his blobby second will let the Golden Boy get away with it again.
I have misgivings as usual, like I do when Bill Hemmer happens to say something that actually sounds erudite. I'm thinking, "oh no way! Totally scripted." Were Shep's comments planned in an attempt to distance FoxNews from people like James Von Brunn and Scott Roeder? Think about it. Shepard Smith is the top anchor at Fox and second only to O'Reilly as far as fan base. People listen to him. People would say,"Oh Fox isn't inciting violent behavior! They're so upset about it! Shep said so!"
It's not beyond the realm of possibility. We the audience have been gamed by the news establishment for years. We expect it. It's almost fun except when the stakes get higher like they did in Washington, or Pittsburgh or Wichita.
I live in Ohio, smack dab in the middle. My boss told me the other day that she'd heard there were many many hate groups in Ohio and several nearby. I looked up the 'Hate Map' on the Southern Poverty Law website and saw that there are actually 23 hate groups in Ohio. That's just the groups. That doesn't count the sympathizers who aren't counted because they don't affiliate themselves with any groups. The cities are relatively liberal. The larger cities, that is, except maybe Cincinnati. Once you get out in the country, however, the whole ideology changes. Once past the city limits Ohio becomes an intensely Red State with people that will just stand there and holler,"OBAMA IS A MOOSLIM!" at the top of their lungs despite the evidence to the contrary.
I really hope Shep gets punished for his remarks because that's what happens to dissidents. I hope it causes the Limbaughs, O'Reilly's, and Malkins to think twice then think again when they write their rhetoric.
I wonder what Carlin would say?