Ebola is a very scary disease with horrifying symptoms, but it poses very little risk to the US. Despite that, the conversation surrounding the disease has become exceptionally heated in recent days. Republicans have accused the Obama administration of mishandling the outbreak. Democrats have blamed the disease's spread on Republican-backed budget cuts. Politicians from both parties have called for a travel ban for flights in and out of Ebola-stricken countries. Media outlets have run stories that suggest, with little scientific basis, the disease could go airborne. The public is also calling on the government to do more. On Wednesday, Fox New's Shepard Smith said everyone needs to calm down.
On Fox News’ Monday evening coverage of actor and comedian Robin Williams’ death, host Shepard Smith used the word “coward” when talking about Williams’ suicide. After a social media outcry as a result of the remark, Smith has issued a statement. “The last thing I would ever suggest about a man I know nothing about personally, is that he’s a coward,” Smith told TVNewser. “That goes against everything I am. If those words, I used so innocently, offended his family, from the bottom of my heart, I could not be more sorry.” Near the end of the live show, Smith read a quote from Williams about how the actor’s three children “gave him a great sense of wonder.”
Fox News' Shep Smith was the latest news anchor to take on the "Ice Bucket Challenge" and continue the now-viral trend of getting completely soaked for a good cause. The "Ice Bucket Challenge" began as an online fundraising plan to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). The idea is that you must record yourself being doused with a bucket of freezing cold water. If you don't, you must donate money to charity. If you do, you can then nominate three more people to take the challenge (and often people still donate money).
Fox News is denying allegations that anchor Shepard Smith was demoted after approaching network chief Roger Ailes about the possibility of publicly coming out as gay. In a story published Wednesday by Gawker, the New York-based news and gossip site, the anchor attended Ailes' annual Fourth of July picnic with a colleague said to be his boyfriend. According to Gawker, around the same time Smith was also renegotiating his contract with the network and had asked Ailes for the OK to publicly acknowledge his sexuality.
Shepard Smith contradicted Fox's own coverage of the Supreme Court's immigration ruling when he and Judge Andrew Napolitano smacked down Airzona Governor Jan Brewer's bizarre claim that the "heart" of her state's law had been "vindicated."