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Shepard Smith Does Background Commentary to News

Reported by Donna - April 20, 2005

While watching Studio B with Shepard Smith today, I was barely paying attention to the mid show news that they report, but a story on poppies caught my eye.

Uma Pemmaraju, the newsreader, was reporting on a story in Afghanistan regarding their poppy crop. She said there was a campaign of 'Slash and Burn' against the poppy farmers.

With a background video of alleged Afghan police (no uniforms) in numbers from one man to maybe 12, she said that the President of Afghanistan (she didn't give his name, maybe they don't know it) was calling for a holy war on drugs and hopes to take the world's largest supplier of opium off the market.

At exactly this moment you can here the word 'RIGHT' in the background. I've played it over and over and after monitoring Smith for several months, I can say it was Shepard Smith commenting on this story. What was funny is, I was thinking 'Right' when he said it.

She ended her report by saying that Afghanistan supplies 87% of the world's opium, the raw material in heroin.

Comment: Smith was in rare form today and was taking cuts at our government in other stories. He was very animated and when he interjected with 'RIGHT', I thought - well, at least 'someone' at Fox doesn't believe the stuff they spew. Professional? No. Refreshing? Definately. And if you think these 12 Afghans swatting at the poppy fields are going to take Afghanistan out of the opium market, you're foxnotized!

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