Although Ailes had flaws, Smith said, “I love him.” Smith recalled a moment when Ailes helped him when a blackmailer tried to hurt his private life.
“He would try to prepare me for that and lead me through it,” Smith said.
Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly were both ousted from the network after multiple sexual harassment allegations were brought against them.
Recently, as The Washington Post’s Katie Mettler reported, “a combined total of 13 current and former employees of Fox News — all people of color — took three separate legal actions against the organization, alleging years of ‘hostile racial discrimination.’” Throughout all this, Smith has been equally praised and derided for holding his own network accountable.
For example, after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer blocked CNN and a handful of other news media organizations from attending an off-camera “gaggle” in February, Smith told his audience that CNN is not “fake news.” “For the record, ‘fake news’ refers to stories that are created, often by entities pretending to be news organizations, solely to draw clicks and views and are based on nothing of substance,” Smith said.
“In short, fake news is made up nonsense delivered for financial gain. Its journalists followed the same standards to which other news organizations, including Fox News, adhere.” On March 10, he called out the White House for “too much lying and too much Russia and too much smoke.” “The White House says, ‘Ah, he was a private citizen at the time.’ But there’s been a lot of lying,” Smith said after it was revealed that Michael Flynn was paid 0,000 in 2016 by the Turkish government. Fox News can now confirm microwaves heat food, cameras take pictures, [microwaves] don’t have cameras and [microwaves] cannot turn into cameras.” And on March 17, it was Smith who said Fox News had “no evidence of any kind” that Trump was wiretapped by the Obama Administration.
It was the 53-year-old Smith who defended CNN against Trump’s “fake news” insults.
Partially due to this upbringing, Smith said, he didn’t consider his sexuality for most of his life.
Hoping to avoid confronting his confusing feelings, he threw himself into work.
“There’s been lying about who you talk to, and by lots of people and almost inevitably and invariably, they were lying about talking to the Russians, about something.
It’s too much lying and too much Russia and too much smoke.
Shepard Smith has been at Fox News since it was born in 1996. Earlier this year, Smith has gained notoriety as the one Fox News anchor to stand against the Donald Trump Administration.