1. Danny Lemieux says

    I lost interest in Shep Smith when he showed himself to be a preening hysteria monger during the Katrina Hurricane, but I admit, this is impressive. It’s the way that all reporting should be.

  2. Danny Lemieux says

    I lost interest in Shep Smith when he showed himself to be a preening hysteria monger during the Katrina hurricane debacle, but I admit, this is impressive. It’s the way that all reporting should be.

  3. Oldflyer says

    I agree with #1 and #2. Well, the part about losing interest in Shep. He did as much damage during Katrina as anyone. I have since pigeonholed Shep with Geraldo.

  4. suek says

    Oh come on, Oldflyer. _NOBODY_ can equal Geraldo.

    I found Shep very good during the initial phases of the Iraq conflict. It seems to me since then that although he seems never to age a day, neither have his political preferences matured. I think he’s definitely a Lib, though maybe not an out and out dyed in the wool Lib. I’m not even sure what led me to that conclusion, but as a result, I don’t watch him. In that, I agree with Oldflyer – he’s one I’ll switch rather than watch…but he’s not annoying as well as wrong – which Geraldo is. (his real name is Jerry Rivers, by the way. And he sure doesn’t flow very deep. We have a running joke in the family that if they send Geraldo to report on some big hot story, it will turn out to be a lot of hot air. Lots of places they should send him – it would bring about world peace!)

  5. says

    Smith is a tool. He is unsophisticated. He sees himself as a moderate or “pox on both their houses” kind of guy, but he has no true ability to perceive the machinations of manipulators. He is in broadcast journalism yet he knows nothing about propaganda. He has reported on wars, yet he knows nothing about fighting or winning wars.

    He just “doesn’t know” as he oh so famously keeps repeating on air.

    Gerald doesn’t really bother me since he comes off as an overenthusiastic gag machine. It is not like he intended to spread out a map and violate OPSEC during OIF but it was just he couldn’t help himself.

    Far more AP journalists and Al Reuters agents in rebus deserved to be kicked out (and executed in my opinion), but they weren’t, because those agents knew how to play the rules.

  6. suek says

    Heh. But Y….he’s _cute_! He’s eye candy. It’s actually funny, because the MSM news shows always have really attractive women who can read the teleprompter but don’t seem to have a brain beyond that. Fox news, on the hand, has mostly female lawyer types who are actually pretty smart cookies, and can take a discussion and run with it. (although Meagan Kelly(?) had an interview with an Acorn representative this AM, and could hardly get a word in edgewise – I felt like someone should instantly offer the guy a Sham-Wow job) They don’t seem to have “dumb blondes” (even when they’re not blonde). But they have Shep. Affirmative action, maybe? Of course, the MSM males aren’t much to brag about either, but they usually manage to _sound_ intelligent. Shep is really good at “breathless” if you know what I mean.

  7. SADIE says

    Rather than comment on Shep, I think a few comments on the schlep, Barney ‘less than’ Frank and Chris the Dudd are in order.

    The hearings were the worst ‘bait n’ switch’ scheme of late.
    We all ready have the names of those that signed off on this bill.
    We all ready know that no one read the bill – why the wait.
    Congress should be charged a ‘luxury tax’ on their paychecks since they all seem to live the life of luxury at our expense.

    I believe they owe us a rebate for not providing services contracted and not rendered and they should do it at the 90% rate they want to recover from AIG.

  8. SADIE says

    I spoke too soon, it only gets worse…

    From: Claudia Rosett/Rosset Report

    Say it ain’t so. But looks like it is. Here we are, clutching our devastated 401Ks, howling for scalps at AIG, dizzy with the zeroes of the $3.55 trillion budget and the $797 billion “stimulus” and the $700 billion TARP, and the election of a President whose answer to all ills is to frag bomb the capitalist system, spend us into hock unto the umpteenth generation, blow out our currency in the process, and usher us into an era in which ACORN helps with the census and government doles out the ensuing rations.

    And, over at the outfit that primed the sub-prime fuse for this chain reaction, Fannie Mae, the top executives are now going to rake in six or seven-figure bonuses over the next year — in some cases double what they got last year. Here’s the AP reporting on Fannie Mae plans bonuses of $1M for execs.

    OK, I know, these are not the same executives as the ones who did so much to set us up for this free-fall. There has been plenty of debate over what to do about Fannie Mae and its companion incubus, Freddie Mac. There is a rational argument to be made for trying to retain employees who know where the rest rooms are, inside the palatial complex of Fannie Mae’s well-manicured head office. And there is a long and complex discussion to be had, or perhaps a lot more head-scratching to be done, at a few zillion more congressional conferences at private spas, and White House fiestas serving wagyu steak.

    But does anyone else get that feeling that enough’s enough?

    I have an anecdote about the former CEO of Fannie Mae, Franklin Raines. I’ve lost track over the past few years of how much, net, he raked in … between the $90 million in bonuses, the fraction repaid over the 2004 accounting scandal , the coming and going at Fannie Mae as the insane cost of this government experiment in housing promotion turned from a blip on the public radar into a nuclear cloud.

  9. Oldflyer says

    Interesting observation Suek. I have had the same feeling about Shep; but never certain. He does cover his preferences pretty well.

    My objection is that he seems to just go over the top on everything.

    I admittedly lost my head a little by comparing anyone to Geraldo.

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