Donald Trump has been saying for some time that the United States should launch it’s own cable TV network to compete with CNN and which would “tell the truth.” Last week Shepard Smith drew a reprimand for being critical of Tucker Carlson. Then, Thursday William Barr went to meet with Rupert Murdoch. Friday was Smith’s last day at Fox, and Smith happened to be one of the few voices at Fox that was willing to oppose Trump by broadcasting actual facts and not devoting himself to fawning admiration — which is apparently what is demanded and there is no room for dissent.

This is a breaking story, which will be updated, but this should make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. There is no way that this development can be viewed in a positive light. Trump demanded loyalty from Fox News, he bristled and screamed when he didn’t get it, and now it looks like William Barr is not only his attack dog, he’s also his PR man, and he convinced Rupert Murdoch to see things Trump’s way. That’s only speculation, but it’s a reasonable theory that fits the facts. Roger Ailes is down in Hell laughing right now.

UPDATE: 2:05 p.m. PDT — As anybody who has witnessed terminations in corporate America knows, it is a sign of hostility and disgrace when an employee is walked out of the building by security. Such was the treatment that longtime Fox News anchor Shepard Smith received by the network on Friday.

Any illusions that this was a planned in advance and mutually agreed upon, amicable, split have totally been shattered — but you already knew that, right? Poor Shep Smith, he was adjudicated an Enemy of the People and summarily dealt with. Who’s next, Chris Wallace?

UPDATE 2X October 12, 2019, 4:40 p.m. PDT: Friends, a Fox publicist sent me the following email this afternoon. I verified her identity and I verified that Jo Ling Kent, the NBC journalist who reported that Smith had been escorted from the building by security, had deleted the tweet and printed a retraction. This is legit.

Hi Ursula-

Ali from FOX News here- reaching out in regards to your police below. Jo Ling Kent went on to delete her tweet that included the report of Smith being escorted out of the building, given it was false. Can you please update your piece to note that?

https://politizoom.com/2019/10/11/bombshell-shep-smith-out-at-fox-news-the-day-after-barr-met-with-murdoch-hello-state-television/

Also- Shepard released a statement denying that his departure was due to Murdoch’s meeting with Barr. See here.

New statement from Shep Smith’s spokesman: “The decision to leave was Shep’s and his alone – he will be taking an extended period of time off to be with his family. Following that – who knows – he is not retiring.”

I thanked Fox News for it’s diligence in reaching out to us. This is an encouraging sign. the more that we can have accuracy and cooperation in journalism, the better off we all are. Kudos to Fox. I hope to see more of this.

 

 

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14 Comments on "Bombshell: Shep Smith Out At Fox News, The Day After Barr Met With Murdoch — UPDATE 2X: Fox Corrects The Record"

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Rita Tecoma
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Shep Smith & Wallace were the only reputable people on Fox , this is shameful .

pwhitten
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Terrifying

P J Evans
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Bareshark
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C’mon, Ursula…as far as the Fox operation goes, Shep was a minnow to upper management. Getting rid of him was a low-cost option that won’t do a thing to solve Trump’s actual problems. Stack that against what’s happening to the Kurds and this doesn’t even break the top 100 of Bad.

Throwing him out will keep Trump for all of two days and then the bad news will be broadcast through Fox News again when, not if, it takes another turn for the worse. This is a show designed to keep the Traitor Tot pacified, nothing more.

dana fairfield
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It may be a gesture of hostility and disgrace to escort someone out of the building, but we should have learned by now to be careful of being taken in by optics. Just because someone is escorted out does not make that person the villain of the piece. They might in fact be the hero. Sometimes they get escorted out to prevent them from talking to co-workers on the way out. I remember years ago a co-worker contacting me one evening. She said that she believed she would probably be fired the next morning and she wanted just one person… Read more »
Joe boulder
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Right after William Barr meets with Murdoch

P J Evans
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later tweets say he wasn’t escorted out. (It’s not unusual to be walked out by someone; when I left, it was by my boss. He’s not there any more, either.)

underwriter505
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Seriously, he has been working on getting out of his contract, and had hired an attorney to help him with that BEFORE the Barr-Murdoch meeting. https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/fox-news-let-shep-smith-go-to-avoid-messy-public-fight-during-the-civil-war-at-the-network-report/ I thought the same thing, of course, but am VERY glad to have been wrong. I like the guy. And those of you who also mentioned Chris Wallace should not forget Andrew Napolitano. Only a “consultant,” but on fairly frequently, especially recently. And, no, I don’t like Fox, and that’s throwing roses at it, but all news channels have a t least one person who is somewhat at odds with the overall network I… Read more »
redheadedgammy
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This is Republican governance. If you don’t toe the party line you are removed. Bill Barr needs to be impeached along with Trump.

Gerald Boyette
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Shep Smith would always point out the truth to the lies Hannity and Tucker were spewing out. Looks like Erdogan has taught Trump well about how to deal with media that report the truth. What’s next, closing CNN and MSNBC unless they change to be more like Fox and OAN?

LOrion
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WHOOT TY Ursula got it! Gonna have fun with this. And since when does FOX call your pieces the ‘police’?! BUT do remind your readers that @FoxNews is BANNED in Canada for only telling LIES not the truth.

LOrion
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ALSO remind readers that another media disaster befalling Trump has been the Outing of NYTIMES and Trump Family sycophant Maggie Duranty Haberman. And all NYTIMES decades of spreading her massive spin cover, and those of Mom, Nancy Haberman’s PR garbage which spun bullshit around Trumps personal disasters. http://tinyurl.com/yclhyw4x You can read the expose yourself, published Jan 4, 2018, many of us retched over the #Ukraine story (re Dad Walter Duranty and Stalin, yes that one) but continued reading and have believed every word since then. She continues to Lie for Trump and for Giuliani in every word she writes. (More… Read more »