Shepard Smith of Fox News has recently made some statements on the air that are in direct contradiction to the “values” that are otherwise expressed on-air by those at Fox. He blasted Newt Gingrich immediately after Newt’s rambling, self-aggrandizing concession speech. And, more recently, he called out the Republicans for their position on marriage equality, stating essentially that the GOP is choosing to be on the wrong side of history.
Smith has hardly been the consummate truth-teller during his time with Fox. But one wonders if his current contrary positions put him in career jeopardy. Others at Fox seem much more willing to toe the line.
And if one thinks that Smith is possibly putting is job at risk, one also must wonder where else someone like Smith would find employment.
The journey to Fox News for any journalist seems to be a one-way dead-end street. Journalists and personalities have come from other more legitimate media outlets to Fox News: Brit Hume, Chris Wallace, Greta Van Sustern. But I can’t think of anyone who has left Fox News who has continued their career path elsewhere.
When you go to work for Fox News, it would appear that the deal that you make with the devil is this: We’ll keep you employed at a competitive salary, but you give up any journalistic credibility you may have and therefore are essentially unemployable anywhere else.
It’s sort of a self-regulating agreement, too; you know that you can’t stray too far from the Fox talking points because there’s nowhere else for you to go. Once you leave legitimate broadcast journalism, you’ll turn into the proverbial pillar of salt if you look back.
I fear for Shepard Smith.