Thursday, July 22, 2010

Quote of the Day


"We here at Studio B did not run the video and did not reference the story in any way for many reasons, among them: we didn't know who shot it, we didn't know when it was shot, we didn't know the context of the statement, and because of the history of the videos on the site where it was posted, in short we do not and did not trust the source... An edited videotape on a widely discredited website that has had inaccurate postings of videos in the past, edited to the point where the world was deceived... What in the world has happened to our industry and the White House? How can they lead and govern if what they're worried about is something that happens on a cable news channel that they've already said doesn't matter?"

-- Shepard Smith on Fox News yesterday, talking about the Shirley Sherrod debacle

17 comments:

David Davies said...

Jesus Shep, just find another channel already.

Vermillion said...

The love I have for Shepard Smith is developing into something illegal at this point.

It is funny: I want him to leave that journalistic black hole of a network, but I also appreciate his "last bastion" approach to the situation. He knows full well that network isn't anywhere near a reputable news organization, but dammit as long as he is there, he is going to make it one, even if it is only in his little corner.

And thinking about it, if it wasn't for the fact that he was on Fox News, he probably wouldn't be getting the attention that he does now. Instead, he would be a talented journalist pretty much pushed to the side. It really hasn't killed, but only made him stronger.

The man is too good for the place.

f11holdsteady said...

How is this guy still working for Fox? He seems to be a...what do you call that? Oh yeah. A journalist.

Tabi said...

Why isn't he running the station?

Chez said...

Shep knows exactly what he's doing, believe me. And he's in exactly the right place.

The Bacon said...

Vermillion

He's not the only one there. Bret Baier's show is straight up journalism as well.

Anon said...

I agree with Chez. Losing their one voice of reason would really tip Fox over the edge.

Amy said...

I'm sorry, but I'm confused. I thought that FOX ran the story.. and this is post is saying that FOX didn't trust the video?

What am I missing??

(Sorry if I sound stupid..)

Chez said...

Cable news networks are big places that run 24/7, and you generally can't control what other shows do or the direction the network as a whole decides to take. Shep has enough power, though, that if he doesn't want to air something, he doesn't have to -- and that's exactly what happened.

Fox likes Shep for doing what he does. It generates headlines and allows the network to say, "See? We're so fair and balanced that we let our people speak their minds freely, even if they occasionally seem to stand against our product in part or as a whole." Which isn't to say that Shep's insincere and just posturing by taking these kinds of stands.

Anonymous said...

One of the few ANYWHERE who will speak of integrity and mean it.

Kathleen said...

If a cable news network can bully you around, you are not a real leader.

kanye said...

I decided to do a little experiment this morning. I showed the partial clip, the one that caused all of the stir, to my son and told him that all of the news channels were showing this and, that the woman in the video lost her job because of what she'd said.

You know what he told me? He didn't believe it. "Not with all the things they can do to videos with computers, Dad." And then he asked me, "Where's the rest?"

Did I mention that he's 10? Don't get me wrong, he's a very smart little boy: His MAP scores are always in the uppper 90th percentile and his lexile reading range is 1100-1250...somewhere between a sophomore and junior in high school...but he's still a 10 year-old.

Think about how many highly educated people there are, in both media and government, who didn't execute a modicum of skepticism or, apply the level of common sense that's available to a 5th grader.

Someone, please, remind me again why we're supposed to trust, let alone respect any one of these people?

Ref said...

THANK you, Kathleen!

VirginiaO'Possum said...

Go Shep!

Anonymous said...

Shep is awesome. He shows real balls on a gutless, pandering network.

VOTAR said...

@kanye:

"Think about how many highly educated people there are, in both media and government.."

FAIL

kanye said...

I'm not sure if you mean me or them, VOTAR?