David Folkenflik profiles anchor Shepard Smith, or as Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert calls him, “The fairest anchor on FOX.”
“There are a lot of people on our channel who want you to think like they do,” says Smith. “We just want to give you some information to help you think. I don’t much care for ideologues within my newscast. There is plenty of it out there, you don’t need anymore.”
Smith says the FOX Report provides a place for the audience to “news snack.” “If I’m about to give you a bite of something you don’t like, it’s not going to last long and there will be more in a minute. We would like for you to stay,” he says.
Smith highlights the difference on FNC between news and opinion. “Who is better at toeing the Republican line than Sean Hannity? I can’t even think of anybody right off the top of my head,” says Smith. “Sean Hannity doesn’t host our news; he has never hosted our news. When we have news, I come on.”