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

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. Announcement from Fox News: Shepard Smith is stepping down from his role as chief news anchor. This afternoon's show was his last. Fissures between news and opinion at Fox News are for real. — ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) October 11, 2019 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. Sources directly familiar tell me many Fox News and Fox Business staffers were "shocked" when Shep Smith announced his departure on @foxnews, some were visibly upset. He was escorted out by security, per sources. Fox plans to have a set of rotating anchors host his time slot. https://t.co/FfW2QUNaoD — Jo Ling Kent (@jolingkent) October 11, 2019 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 […]

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