Amanpour Lauds Shep Smith Not Watching Proper-Wing Media: ‘Smart Determination’

On Tuesday’s Amanpour & Co. on PBS and CNN Worldwide, host Christiane Amanpour lauded Shepard Smith’s negativity towards right-wing voices on Fox Information Channel as the previous Fox Information host mentioned his choice to go away the community.

When Smith — presently a CNBC anchor — admitted that he doesn’t monitor the work of the extra conservative components of Fox, Amanpour praised his “sensible choice,” bur she bristled when he gave the impression of he was throwing shade at her colleague, CNN’s Don Lemon, main Smith to backtrack and reward the liberal CNN host.

At one level, Smith recalled that he doesn’t hearken to sources that he finds dishonest or unfold misinformation, and appeared to incorporate Lemon on that record:

If I learn a byline or I watch a program the place the writer or the speaker has repeatedly misinformed me, led me astray or lied to my face, I shut that supply off. If a program that I watch, CNN home, if I watch it every evening and Don Lemon begins going off on tangents about issues which might be demonstrably false, I am going to cease watching him, and I will not let that be a part of my information food regimen on daily basis. And we as customers of the information have to be higher at it as a result of there’s a whole lot of crap on the market.

Amanpour quickly jumped to Lemon’s protection: “Properly, I do not suppose Don Lemon is, you realize, engaged in lies, however I can see that you just most likely have a distinct view of the politics.”

Smith then clarified that he didn’t really imply to actually accuse the CNN host of mendacity, and hinted that Fox administration shouldn’t permit a few of his former colleagues to work there:

No, no, no, I feel Don is nice. I used Don as a result of he is a buddy. You understand, I am simply saying anyone who’s sitting on the air and giving their opinion, you know — you realize, if the opinion relies in truth, you are definitely entitled to it. And I haven’t got any downside — I’ve buddies at MSNBC and CNN and, sure, buddies at Fox. They will opine all they need, however after they begin mendacity to us, they’re off my food regimen. And their managers should not allow them to be there. They should not, however they do.

Amanpour then introduced up the Washington Publish columnist Margaret Sullivan and her incessant criticism of Fox Information. This is Amanpour: “I had her on the present the opposite day, and she or he actually went after, and rightly so, the names that I have talked about — Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham. However she additionally went after the top, you realize, the top of this enterprise.”

Then got here a clip of Sullivan from Friday’s Amanpour & Co. through which Sullivan claimed Fox Information had “radicalized” a few of its viewers:

Additionally name out the names of Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch and Suzanne Scott, who’s answerable for Fox Information. And, you realize, these are individuals who have fomented this type of outrage that has — and allowed very deceptive and really poisonous variety of knowledge to flow into… And it has been a really harmful power in our society, and it has radicalized many individuals. Perhaps to not the purpose the place they’ll go to the Capitol and take part in a riot, however definitely in undermining the reality.

Amanpour then requested Smith his response to reviews that Fox Information Channel has misplaced viewers to different extra right-wing shops, main Smith to confess he doesn’t eat right-wing media:

So, historically, you realize, both a conservative or a liberal channel, when their man’s in workplace, their man or gal is in workplace, you are cheerleading, after which in any other case you are combating. My guess is that they’ll flip to combating, however I am going to inform you, I have never been watching and I do not plan to.

The PBS host approvingly wrapped up the interview: “And on that word, Shepard Smith, thanks very a lot for becoming a member of us. You made a sensible choice there.”

This episode of Amanpour & Co. was sponsored by the Anderson Household Fund and the Straus Household Basis. You may fight back by letting advertisers understand how you’re feeling about them sponsoring such content material.

Transcript follows:

PBS and CNN Worldwide

Amanpour & Co.

January 19, 2021

SHEPARD SMITH: Personally, if I learn a byline or I watch a program the place the writer or the speaker has repeatedly misinformed me, led me astray or lied to my face, I shut that supply off. If a program that I watch, CNN home, if I watch it every evening and Don Lemon begins going off on tangents about issues which might be demonstrably false, I am going to cease watching him, and I will not let that be a part of my information food regimen on daily basis. And we as customers of the information have to be higher at it as a result of there’s a whole lot of crap on the market. And if you are going to get into a worm gap of fulfilling your personal needs about how the world ought to be, you are not serving to anyone, least of all your self.

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: Properly, I do not suppose Don Lemon is, you realize, engaged in lies, however I can see that you just most likely —

SMITH: Nor do I.

AMANPOUR: — have a distinct view of the politics. Precisely.

SMITH:  No, no, no, I feel Don is nice. I used Don as a result of he is a buddy. You understand, I am simply saying anyone who’s sitting on the air and giving their opinion, you know — you realize, if the opinion relies in truth, you are definitely entitled to it. And I haven’t got any downside — I’ve buddies at MSNBC and CNN and, sure, buddies at Fox. They will opine all they need, however after they begin mendacity to us, they’re off my food regimen. And their managers should not allow them to be there. They should not, however they do.

AMANPOUR: And, frankly, that is very necessary what you say as a result of, as you say, it does not simply have an effect on a enterprise. It is not, you realize, a pageant present. It really impacts the world, and individuals who really, for his or her, you know, as their job are critics, like Margaret Sullivan on the Washington Publish, who’s, you realize, the media author, and has been an ombudsman in the previous. I had her on the present the opposite day, and she or he actually went after, and rightly so, the names that I have talked about — Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham. However she additionally went after the top, you realize, the top of this enterprise. Simply hearken to what she mentioned.

MARGARET SULLIVAN, WASHINGTON POST (from the January 15 present): Additionally name out the names of Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch and Suzanne Scott, who’s answerable for Fox Information. And, you realize, these are individuals who have fomented this type of outrage that has — and allowed very deceptive and really poisonous variety of knowledge to flow into, and they’ve performed so underneath a really deceptive banner. As it’s possible you’ll recall, when Fox was first on the air, the thought was, and the motto or the slogan was, “truthful and balanced.” Properly, that has been deceptive from the beginning. And it has been a really harmful power in our society, and it has radicalized many individuals. Perhaps to not the purpose the place they’ll go to the Capitol and take part in a riot, however definitely in undermining the reality.

AMANPOUR: So, Shepard, I wish to know what you make of that commentary as a result of many clearly agree together with her. Moreover, what do you suppose concerning the media within the post-Trump — significantly the right-wing, the conservative media as a result of Fox is shedding viewers after this election, and it did name the election. It was the primary to truly name Arizona and actually, actually angered Trump over that. So it carried out its responsibility there precisely. However now they’re hemorrhaging viewers apparently to even farther proper, like Newsmax and OAN and the remaining. The place do you suppose that is headed in a rustic which is divided over what’s actual and what’s truthful?

SMITH:  I feel it will depend on what customers need. If a shopper appears at a channel and says, “Oh, that particular person’s lied to me time and again, that is been proved, however I’ll keep proper right here,” nicely, we’ve one factor. However you simply mentioned that some individuals have been going away. I do not know what the way forward for that’s, however — however to say that, “Properly, they don’t seem to be going to stick with their patterns,” could be stunning as a result of normally the one you are selling, you are cheerleading, and when it adjustments over to the opposite aspect, you start a combat. So, historically, you realize, both a conservative or a liberal channel, when their man’s in workplace, their man or gal is in workplace, you are cheerleading, after which in any other case you are combating. My guess is that they’ll flip to combating, however I am going to inform you, I have never been watching and I do not plan to.

AMANPOUR: And on that word, Shepard Smith, thanks very a lot for becoming a member of us. You made a sensible choice there.

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