Like most Americans, I forget that Fox News Shepard Smith is busy most of the time because I usually do things in the middle of the day that are not cable news. However, if you see Fox News at 1
Take today, for example. During an excerpt on the current border crisis, Smith pointed out in an incredibly painful voice that the migrant caravan approaching the US border is not an enemy invasion of criminals and terrorists. Tomorrow, the migrants, according to Fox News & # 39; reporting, are more than two months away. If one of them actually comes here. But tomorrow is a week before the midterm elections that are at stake here. There is no invasion. Nobody comes to get you. There is nothing to worry about. When they did this to us, we all got annoyed in April, remember, the result was 14 arrests. We are America, we can handle it. But, as I said, a week to go.
Fox News did not promote this clip on Twitter. However, they immediately promoted the clip when Shep handed Jennifer Griffin, the national security correspondent, the feed to explain what the DOD's plans were for deploying 5,200 additional armed soldiers at the border.
Look, it's shit to be Smith. The fact that it is shitty to be Smith has been exhaustively documented in several main profiles that have established the contrast between Smith, who is not outwardly a madman, and virtually everyone else at Fox who it is. The problem is, Fox knows that too.
As Brian Merchant has pointed out, Fox knows that Shep can say that non-insane things for the network are sometimes good and provide cover for all the crazy things Hannity and Carlson and all are tangent to involved with Fox and Friends say.
Literally minutes after Smith's show, a Fox News guest said the migrants would bring leprosy to the US . And that's all part of the plan, and it's shameful that Smith, a supposedly sensible person, is still busy. Fox is more than happy to continue to languish in an afternoon session that attracts barely a third of viewers, whom Hannity gets a few hours later as he spreads pure propaganda and bile to millions of Americans every night.
Smith signed a new multiyear contract with Fox in March of this year, so he will not go anywhere in the near future. He is clearly afraid of what would happen to the average Fox viewer if he were to go:
From Time Profile:
I wonder if I would stop delivering the facts This place that is most seen, most heard, most viewed, most trusted? I dont know.
But he needs to know that he is being used. Is it worth it for him to use the platform that Fox gives him to give the debate an appearance of normalcy? I honestly do not know, but probably not at this point. Viral clashes with his own network may feel like sincere blows to the rest of us, but it's pretty clear that every shot still lacks Rupert Murdoch's chin.