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Professionalism on Fox? Not on Studio B

Reported by Ellen - March 3, 2005

While everyone can appreciate a sense of humor, there should be some decorum associated with national news. However, today on Studio B with Shepard Smith professionalism was sadly lacking.

Now Smith is always 'up' and going a million miles a minute, but today his humor turned a little crude. On SkinnerVille with Jane Skinner, which is a short segment that is shown halfway through Studio B, Smith asked Skinner what would have been her first question to Steve Fossett, the first person who completed a solo flight around the world without stopping to refuel.

Before Skinner could reply, Shepard jumped in and said he knew what his first question would have been. He said he would have asked him 'where does he pee' and 'where does he do the other thing'. Jane Skinner seemed somewhat embarrassed and had the good taste to say that there are some things that 'we, at least adults, don't have to talk about'.

The producers seemed to 'hurry up' the ending of this segment by putting a banner up to signal the end of SkinnerVille.

Later on in his show the weather forecaster, Janice Dean, was finishing her report when the camera panned down so that everyone could see her feet, which were adorned with bright blue tennis shoes. She was embarrassed and told Smith, 'Oh my God, I don't believe you did that'. Smith laughed and told her she didn't have a 'choice' in the matter.

Comment: While I can enjoy irreverence as much as the next person, shouldn't our 'news' be brought to us without the 'potty' jokes and the intentional embarrassing of two women? Is this a part of Fox's attitude towards women? While the shot at the shoes may have been an innocent prank, the 'potty' story went over like a lead balloon. Professional? Not at all.

Reported by: Donna

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