Trump lickspittles Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham just can’t let Shepard Smith’s suggestion that they are not real journalists go unanswered.
In a Time interview published yesterday, Shepard Smith took some digs at Fox News' propaganda (my emphases added):
“I get it,” he says, “that some of our opinion programming is there strictly to be entertaining. I get that. I don’t work there. I wouldn’t work there. I don’t want to sit around and yell at each other and talk about your philosophy and my philosophy. That sounds horrible to me.”
“I know that [Trump] watches Fox & Friends in the morning, because he often tweets about it. But those aren’t the things I concern myself with. I try to find out what’s happening, as opposed to just listening to what they’re saying.”
Smith didn’t even mention Hannity or Ingraham in any of his quotes, though the interviewer did:
In 2013, [Smith’s] evening show was cancelled. “There used to be a thought that, hey, we need a nightly newscast later in the day,” says [president of news, Jay] Wallace. “Those patterns have changed, just with the way we consume media.” Now Fox’s night-time slate is dominated by opinion—the fire-breathing sort practiced by Tucker Carlson at eight, Sean Hannity at nine, and Laura Ingraham at ten.
Their coexistence with Smith is increasingly uneasy. In November 2017, Smith briskly and effectively debunked the “Uranium One” conspiracy theory, a particular bugbear of Hannity’s.
While Shep is a friend with political views I do not share, and great at breaking news, he is clueless about what we do every day. Hannity breaks news daily-Warrant on a Trump assoc, the unmasking scandal, leaking intel, Fisa abuse, HRC lawbreaking, dossier and more REAL NEWS! 9p https://t.co/zJpnnyFTtP— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 16, 2018
Does that mean we can expect a correction and an apology over Hannity’s bogus Seth Rich “reporting?” Don’t hold your breath. But I digress.
Not long after Hannity’s tweet, Ingraham piled on, complaining that Smith’s comments were “inconsiderate and inaccurate”:
Always liked Shep, but his comments were inconsiderate & inaccurate. The hard working team at the Ingraham Angle does real reporting, develops impt sources and scores big interviews. Very proud of them. https://t.co/3aR1EHAK3Z— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 16, 2018
UPDATE: Smith announced a "previously planned" vacation at the end of his show today.
NOTE TO THE MASSES
Ms. Laura describes her so-called team as hardworking individuals. What she doesn’t tell you is her past “team” consisted of interns from colleges and universities across the nation. We all know that using interns are cheaper than hiring professional staffers. This broad would solicit her interns for guest bookings, research, website management, etc. through colleges and universities.
It’s known that the Foxies love to hire freelancers and interns to do their dirty work for less money. This skyscrapper of horrors is a fast-paced environment, and the saps who work at the Foxies learn very quickly that your life belongs to them. Be prepared to work overnight shifts and weekends.
Hannie Pie is no journalist. His interview skills are horrible and lack structure, just like his keynote addresses at private and national events. Honoring him with awards is an insult to real journalists and talk show hosts. Pie does not deserve one award. Anyone who give him an award is a sell-out to the radio and television industry.
This old Long Island hawk should be concerned about the end of his broadcasting career. If that happens, Pie may return to his old job as a contractor, if he doesn’t land in prison first.
Shep is right to call out these overpaid mouthpieces. They are an insult to real journalists around the country. Shep is more qualified to interview guests than Hannie Pie.
NOTE TO HANNITY
Your biggest story of the century is coming down the pipeline, and it won’t be a pleasant one. You may want to consider a one-way ticket to Ireland. Tick, tock, tick, tock.