Since the government shutdown continues, with more pressure put on both sides, I figure it is useful to support my blasting of Trump’s phony border crisis with comments from Fox News. I mean the real news, not the propaganda side of the network headed up by Sean Hannity.
Fox News is a four letter word, so to speak, to most liberals. I share some of that feeling. However, few liberals seem to realize there are also serious news people at Fox whose work equals the best around in my opinion. News Director Sheppard Smith and prime time interviewer Chris Wallace head up that list.
To give you a sense of how each stands, Smith has said he didn’t think he would be able to work on the opinion side of the network, while Hannity has called Smith likable but “clueless”. Meaning, I guess, he doesn’t feel comfortable with “alternative facts.”
I believe Smith actually tries to live up to the “fair and balanced” motto that appears a joke when Hannity and his ilk speak. And Wallace is arguably the most probing interviewer on television. His interview of Vladmir Putin was the toughest I’ve ever seen (google it), and such a stark contrast to toady Trump’s fawning over Putin, impressed that the ruthless dictator “denied strongly” Russian interference in our elections.
I like both Smith and Wallace enough to usually tape their programs, Smith’s at noon PST week days and Wallace’s Fox Sunday News at 11:00 or 4:00 PST Sunday afternoons.
Now let’s look at how they reacted to Trump’s fictional facts about the border emergency.