This was the shocking farewell sign-off by Shepard Smith last Friday at the end of his “Shepard Smith Reporting” program. As a news host at the Right-wing Trump-lackey FOX News network, he dared to go against the grain. Though a sensationalist in journalistic style, he did speak truth to power, or as close to it as it gets in the mainstream media. He was the only one at FOX who ever put Donald Trump’s lies on trial. For example, as taken from the NYT story covering Smith’s departure:
A member of the network’s founding staff in 1996, Mr. Smith became increasingly conspicuous at Fox News for his skepticism on President Trump. “Why is it lie after lie after lie?” Mr. Smith asked during a 2017 newscast; this summer, he deemed the president’s attacks on minority female lawmakers as “misleading and xenophobic.”
In a separate article in the Times, they covered in-fighting between personalities at the self-proclaimed”fair and balanced”news outlet. Smith had even been clashing with FOX talking head Tucker Carlson on air (And now this only leaves poor Juan Williams, best known for his presence on “The Five”, straying from the lock-step behind Trump and his revolting march towards infamy).
Do not get me wrong, there are absolutely no real mainstream Left-wing news outlets here in the U.S. But in the battle that joins liberals and far-leftists together against FOX News, we lost an ally.
ABC News reported some of the political donations of Rupert Murdoch and his media organizations and the recipients of those donations included some names that may surprise some. Names like Pelosi, Schumer, and even Obama. Names that have the (D) by them when they run for office. Names that also regularly get attacked by the Murdoch-owned pundits at Fox News.
This should really surprise no one paying attention to the media scandal in Britain. Murdoch has been shown to wine-and-dine prime ministers of different ideological schools of thought on his private yachts so the reality that he donates to both parties in the U.S. is logical and should be expected. Murdoch is simply an opportunist. Tighter campaign laws in the UK force him to use one type of tactic to buy influence there. Loose campaign finance laws allow him to more openly buy his influence here. He uses the tools (money) at his disposal to get his way.
It is amazing we do not legislate campaign donations in a much tougher way in the United States. Let’s face it. When someone donates a large amount of money to many different people on separate sides of the ideological spectrum, it is not a donation because those recipients reflect the ideological philosophy of the donor. It is a donation to make sure legislation tilts in the interest of the donor. We have a word for that. It’s called a bribe.
Any rational and truly democratic society would call it what it is and make sure the laws would not allow this buying of influence to occur. The likelihood of corruption is obvious and the fact it has happened many times in the U.S. is no secret. In a democracy with an objective media, there would be an uproar calling for change. In a democracy where the biased-media is the one performing the corruption, the silence is deafening.