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Shepard Smith Apologizes For ‘Lack of Balance’

Shepard Smith apologized to viewers of Studio B for “lack of balance.” Fox News correspondent Shannon Bream surprised Smith with an impromptu interview with GOP candidate for Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie. Smith replied by asking about an interview with Christie’s Democratic opponent.

SMITH: When will you be interviewing Jon Corzine?

BREAM: We have multiple requests, and when it comes through, we’ll let you know

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SMITH: Wow, I didn’t know that was about to happen. My apologies for the lack of balance there. If I had had control, it wouldn’t have happened.

Incidentally, Smith provided his analysis of the polls showing Christie far behind, but the on-screen graphic read, “NJ GOV CANDIDATES LOCKED IN DEAD HEAT.”

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Shepard Smith Slams FNC/GOP Stance On Public Option

Fox News‘ position on health care reform has included talking points that amounted to calling the public option a government takeover of the health care system. Shepard Smith; however, disagrees.

Smith questioned Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) about this topic, asking him “Why would we not want a public option?” Barrasso proceeded to parrot the Fox News / GOP talking points, to which Smith responded with the following:

SMITH: It’s not a government take over, Senator! That’s not fair and we both know it. It’s not a government takeover because what it would be is a government option if you have insurance now and you like it you can keep it. … That’s not a government take over if we’re being fair is it Senator?

SMITH: As the costs have gone up, the insurance industry’s profits on average have gone up more than 350 percent and it’s the insurance companies which have paid and have contributed to Senators and congressman on both sides of the aisle to the point where now, we can’t get…what more than 60 percent of Americans say they support, is a public option. This has been an enormous win for the health care industry. That is an unquestioned fact.

[E]very vote against a public option is a vote for the insurance companies, sir. It is!

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Apparently Sen. Barrasso has received over $500,000 from health professionals and nearly $100,000 from the pharmaceuticals and health products industry over his career and nearly $40,000 bundled from health care lobbyists in the last two years.

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Shepard Smith / DHS Report Timeline

Here’s a little time line that shows the progression of events leading up to many conservatives and right wing media personalities attacking Fox NewsShepard Smith.

  1. Department of Homeland Security releases report on right-wing extremists
  2. Conservatives blast Obama and Napolitano for ordering report
  3. Shepard Smith explains that the reports were ordered by Bush Administration and there was a left-wing report as well
  4. Several right-wing extremist related murders occur making national headlines
  5. Shepard Smith brings the DHS report back to light showing it was justified and
  6. Shepard Smith also provides examples of hate mail received
  7. Conservatives attack Shepard Smith and call for him to be fired

It’s amazing how blatant these nuts are in trying to supress the truth.

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Conservatives Want Shepard Smith Fired For Accurate Reporting

Fox News’ Shepard Smith, who accurately reported on the Department of Homeland Security report on right-wing extremists, is now under attack by conservatives.

RUSH LIMBAUGH: “For liberals to now claim that the atmosphere is somehow more violently anti-Obama is simply preposterous.” Limbaugh also said Smith was “whining and moaning and complaining about emails.” After stating that he, too, got “vile, sick emails,” Limbaugh said, “Shep, you got nothing on anybody out there.”

Atlas Shrugs blogger PAMELA GELLER: Shep, don’t preach to us about anger. This from a guy who hit a reporter with his car as she saved a parking space. He was arrested for it too. (Above photo is Smith’s mugshot) Yup. And who can forget his leftist asshattery last month, when Fox anchor Shepard Smith, on a post-broadcast Webcast, lost it when discussing his opposition to waterboarding, etc — bellowing: “We are America!” (slamming the table) “I don’t give a rat’s ass if it helps. We are AMERICA! We do not f—ing torture!!” He has got to go.

WorldNetDaily’s JOE KOVACS: Ironically, Smith himself allegedly engaged in activity some might deem questionable. As WND previously reported, during the presidential election fiasco in November 2000, Smith was arrested at the Florida Capitol for allegedly driving his Mazda Millenia into another reporter who was standing in a parking space she attempted to save for a friend. The victim, freelance journalist Maureen Walsh of Tallahassee, was hospitalized and released later the same day with bruises on her knees and legs.

On Michelle Malkin’s blog, HotAir – ALLAHPUNDIT: hamfisted attempt to draw a straight line between dopey ‘Hussein’ invective and the sort of decades-long dementia displayed by the Jew-loathing nut who pulled a shotgun in the Holocaust Museum today. (And who, by the way, hated neoconservatives generally and the GOP’s last two nominees for president in particular.) I don’t know how else to read this clip except as Shep warning America that his own viewership is teeming with would-be presidential assassins. If he truly believes that, why doesn’t he quit? How can his conscience stand it?

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Shepard Smith: Viewers Emails ‘Out There in a Scary Place’

Thankfully, the voice of reason at Fox News, Shepard Smith, is still around who had this to say about the Holocaust Museum killing and the radical emails Fox News receives from viewers, which he says are “out there in a scary place.”

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Shepard Smith Drops F Bomb

Shepard Smith goes against the grain at Fox News by stating that “We are America! We do not f****** torture!” while slamming his fist on the desk at about the 30 second mark. This video may not be safe for work.

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Shepard Smith Reports Truth About DHS Reports

Contrary to what other Fox News personalities are claiming ( i.e. the Obama administration is targeting right wing groups), Shepard Smith shows some journalistic integrity and steps away from the blame game.

Smith: So if this bulletin from April 7 looks at the right-wing groups, is there a bulletin that looks at left-wing groups as well?

Herridge: Yeah, we were able to obtain that bulletin as well. It came out in January, and didn’t get — there it is — didn’t get the same attention. It looked specifically at groups like the Earth Liberation Front, or ELF, groups that in the opinion of Homeland Security, in the future will try and attack economic targets and specifically use cyber-attacks, because they see that is sympatico, or in concert with some of their other beliefs.

So there are two assessments. The one on the left, the one on the right is the one that’s getting the attention because of the leak.

… I would point out that both of these assessments, Shep, were commissioned under the Bush administration. It takes some time to do them. They only came out after he left office.

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