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Shep Smith Socks It To 'Em Again - You Go, Guy!

Reported by Julie - October 28, 2009 -

Gotta hand it to Fox News’ Shep Smith – despite being a salmon swimming upstream, he’s trying valiantly to live up to the “Fair and Balanced” meme that Fox News loves to tout. Either Fox News is dipping a toe into the “fair and balanced” waters by floating it out there via Smith, or his ratings (according to a recent New York Times article, in the 7:00 hour Smith swept in the ratings at 465,000 viewers) are forcing the Fox News powers-that-be to grumble in private and let him roll. Either way, as reported by the Huffington Post, yesterday (10/27/09) on Studio B Smith slapped down Shannon Bream’s lack of “fair and balanced” in her reporting on the campaign for governor in New Jersey. Bream, true to form, conducted an on-air interview with the Republican candidate, Chris Christie, but looked blankly at the camera for a moment when Smith asked her when she would interview the Democratic candidate, and current Governor, Jon Corzine. It probably hadn’t occurred to her that it would be a, you know, good, journalistic thing to do. Clearly flustered, and a little defensive, it seemed, Bream replied, “We have in multiple requests, and when it comes in, we'll let you know.” With video

Showing the integrity and fairness that we’re beginning to learn differentiates him from the other Fox News talkies, Smith did not seem pleased to encounter the right-wing bias, saying, “Wow. I didn't know that was about to happen. My apologies for the lack of balance there. If I'd had control it wouldn't have happened.”

I believe you, Shep. Keep up the valiant effort.