Shep Smith calls out Shannon Bream and Fox News? Update

Here’s the Shep Smith/Shannon Bream video in context, per Hot Air’s request. Not sure it makes a difference. It starts with Shep revisiting the McDonnell Thesis and why oh why the Deeds attacks didn’t work (old news?) with Carl Cameron. Carl explains … well Shep, its the economy silly.

Shep moves on to Shannon Bream who is at an event with Chris Christie, the Republican running in New Jersey. The money stuff is about one minute from the end where Shep jumps ugly on Shannon for not having Corzine too. Catch the look on Shannon’s face, as if to say … you know damn well why I’m here … you guys put me here.


My take, as a reporter for more than 20 years: it’s not unreasonable on a live shot to put a reporter in a place where the candidate is (Carl was with Deeds), especially if Corzine declined offers. This is on Corzine not Shannon Bream … Shep was out of line. Period. UNLESS … Bream and Shep have locked horns once before behind the scenes. Oh no … trouble in paradise?

Update: To those who have asked … of course Shep is still my favorite news anchor. There is no other Shep Smith. I know where he was going with this, I just object to him doing it on air to a colleague.

Shep Pushes Government Health Insurance

It’s classic Shep … he gets pretty hot. Senator Barrasso from Wyoming must have been scratching his head and wondering if he had suddenly been transported to MSNBC.

I like Shep Smith very much. I think he is honest and sincere, and this certainly will not change my opinion of him, but this is just classic “wrong”.

Shep’s points:

1. The “public option” is not government run health care. (umm, no comment)

2. People are not getting preventative care because they can’t afford insurance (this one always baffles me)

3. Government insurance will make health care affordable. (I think this post, and this, pretty much pops that bubble)

It’s the latter he pushes over and over again during this interview but I must say Barrasso holds his own … and rightfully makes the point that any government option will ultimately lead to single payer. Which Steve points out in this post.

Watch to see Barrasso stay cool … as much as to see Shep get hot.


Ya know now that I think about it … its really one more reason to like Shep. He is sincerely concerned about the little guy. You can see it is not populism. Good man. He’s just wrong if he thinks government run care will be good for America.

Exit question: If you’ve lost Shep Smith have you lost middle America?

Don’t even think of takin my Big Mac

I am posting this as this morning’s funny … but also because I think Shep Smith does the best job I have seen in a while of expressing the libertarian that I think lives deep within all of us. Read more