As the White House continues to criticize Fox News for perceived politcal bias, the network saw a member of its own news organization join in the fray on Tuesday. Shepard Smith, FNC’s marquee news anchor, apologized to viewers for a “lack of balance.”
The apology happened during the afternoon news program “Studio B” after Shannon Bream, a Fox News correspondent, had completed a report about the New Jersey gubenatorial race. Bream had finished conducting a brief live interview with Republican candidate Chris Christie when Shepard asked her about the incumbent candidate, Democrat Jon Corzine. “When will you be interviewing Jon Corzine?” he asked.
Finding Bream’s response insufficient, Shepard said, “I didn’t know that that was about to happen. My apologies for the lack of balance there. If I’d have had control, it wouldn’ have happened.” (Video here)
According to TVNewser, Fox News provided a broader report on the gubanatorial race during Smith’s 7pmET show, “FOX Report,” including a soundbite from Corzine as well as details about third-party candidate Chris Daggett.