Tucker Carlson Snaps Back After Shep Smith Calls Him ‘Repugnant.’
Fox News heavyweights, and two of their highest paid talents, Tucker Carlson and Shepard Smith, are at war with each other.
It started when Joe diGenova called Fox News analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano a “fool” for saying that President Donald Trump broke the law on Tuesday.
Then on Wednesday’s broadcast anchor Shepard Smith fought for his colleague Napolitano while hitting his other colleague Carlson.
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“Last night, on this network during prime-time opinion programming, a partisan guest who supports President Trump was asked about Judge Napolitano’s legal assessment, and when he was asked, he said, unchallenged, ‘Judge Napolitano is a fool.’
“Attacking our colleague who is here to offer legal assessments on our air, in our work home, is repugnant,” Smith said.
That got the attention of Carlson who mocked Smith, insinuating that he is a partisan and laughing at the fact that he, or his guest, were called repugnant.
“Apparently our daytime host who hosted Judge Napolitano was watching last night and was outraged by what you said and, quite ironically, called you partisan,” Carlson said to diGenova.
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The host went on to play the clip of Smith calling, at the minimum, one of them “repugnant,” and when he came back he was laughing.
“Repugnant!” he shouted in a jovial manner. “Not clear if that was you or me, but someone was repugnant!”
Carlson then played another clip of Napolitano saying that President trump broke the law and then said “unlike maybe some dayside hosts, I’m not very partisan.”
“So that’s why it doesn’t seem honest to me when a host, any host on any channel, including this one, pretends that the answer is obvious,” he said.
“That there is ironclad consensus about what the answer is when there, in fact, isn’t, when it’s a subjective question. That’s not news, is it? That’s opinion,” he said.
That is when diGenova said he was correct to assert that President Trump had not committed any crimes, and then took some more shots at Napolitano.
“He is entitled to feel that way,” he said. “He is a disappointed office seeker. He didn’t get the seat on the Supreme Court that he desperately wanted and he has been mad about it ever since.
“He showed it yesterday and he showed it so many times over the last year it’s pretty embarrassing actually for me. You know, I love the guy. God bless him.”
“I do too,” Carlson said. Before taking another, and this time more vicious shot at his hyper partisan colleague Smith.
“We invited him on tonight by the way. It makes people cynical when you dress up news coverage, when you dress up partisanship as news coverage and pretend that your angry political opinions are news. You know, people tune out,” he said.
Shepard Smith OUT at Fox News.
The bane of the existence of many conservative Fox News fans, Shepard Smith, is gone at the news network.
“Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter,” Smith said in a statement.
“After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged. The opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to report the news each day to our loyal audience in context and with perspective, without fear or favor.
“I’ve worked with the most talented, dedicated and focused professionals I know and I’m proud to have anchored their work each day — I will deeply miss them.”
“Shepard Smith will step down from his role as Chief News Anchor and Managing Editor of the network’s breaking news unit and Anchor of Shepard Smith Reporting, announced Jay Wallace, President & Executive Editor of FOX News Media.
“This afternoon’s edition of Shepard Smith Reporting was Mr. Smith’s final show, during which he addressed his decision. A series of rotating anchors will host the 3PM/ET time slot until a new dayside news program is announced,” Fox News said in a statement.
Fight With Tucker Carlson Could Have Been Trigger To Shep Smith Being Out At Fox News, Report.
A Fox insider told The Daily Beast that Smith was sick of being attacked by his primetime colleagues and asked for a way out of his contract. An effort was made to appease him, the insider said, but he ultimately decided to leave Fox behind.
A source close to Fox News management said the thinking among network brass was that the lucrative evening ratings outweighed the need to keep Smith happy while paying him $15 million a year for his daytime role that did not bring in as many viewers.
Smith was among Fox’s first hires upon launching in 1996 and he became the network’s signature daytime newsman, often acting as the anchor to enter other broadcasts to helm coverage of breaking news like the 2015 Paris attacks and the 2014 riots in Ferguson, Missouri.
But “being attacked by his primetime colleagues” was not a thing until this week when, after he attacked Carlson, the host hit back.
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