Out Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith is going on what he calls a previously planned one-week vacation amid a feud with other hosts, whose work he’s recently critqued.
In a Time interview published Thursday, Smith, who specializes in straightforward news, said some of the opinion-oriented programming on Fox News “is there strictly to be entertaining.” He added, “They don’t really have rules on the opinion side. They can say whatever they want.”
A couple of Fox’s leading opinionators, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, quickly struck back. Both sent tweets out Friday.
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
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
Smith has stood out at Fox for his willingness to do stories critical of Donald Trump — and to critique the opinion hosts for promoting negative stories about more liberal politicians, such as Hillary Clinton, that are not backed up by facts. Hannity once called Smith “so anti-Trump.”
Smith announced Friday afternoon on his Shepard Smith Reporting program that he’s “going to take a one-week vacation that was previously planned, and be back in a week, and everything will be peachy-keen and hunky-dory,” as The Hill reports. Fellow Fox anchor Chris Wallace, whom Smith was interviewing, responded, “That’s what they always say: previously planned and one-week vacation.” However, Smith, who is Fox’s chief anchor and managing editor, just signed a contract extension for several years.