Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Shepard Smith, Fox News sign new multi-year contract

Shepard Smith, Fox News sign new multi-year contract

"The much-proclaimed wall between opinion and reporting at Fox News got topped with some barbed wire today as opinionator Sean Hannity called news man Shepard Smith "clueless" about how the other half works", Deadline reports. I don't really watch a lot of opinion programming. "His powerful storytelling on both television and digital platforms has elevated our entire newsgathering process".

"Shepard Smith is an exemplary journalist whose skill in anchoring breaking news is unrivaled", Fox News Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch said in a statement about the contract renewal.

Fox News host Shepard Smith said his network's opinion commentators are "strictly to be entertaining", and don't "really have rules". In February, Smith slammed Donald Trump for doubting the validity of the federal investigation into possible collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation. He joked that when he returns, "everything will be peachy-keen and hunky-dory" - apparently in reference to the simmering feud with Hannity.

Smith made the comments during an in-depth profile with Time, as he discussed everything from angry emails from the typical, right-wing Fox News viewer, to his decision to stay at the network despite frustrations because he worries "what would go in [his show's] place".

"We serve different masters". Chris Wallace has criticized the "opinion" side before, but for specific failings like too-frequent media-bashing. They can say whatever they want if it's their opinion.

Hannity sent out a tweet aimed at Smith in response to comments by Smith in a Time magazine article.

Smith is well aware that he is unpopular with many conservatives, but as a newsman rather than an opinion-show host, he said he has no plans to conform to their expectations.

He told The New York Times the same year: "I never claimed to be a journalist".

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