According to a report from The Hill, three Fox News hosts are trading jabs as they debate the relevance and responsibility of their various shows.
The Hill reports: Fox News chief news anchor Shepard Smith announced Friday afternoon he was taking a “previously-planned one-week vacation” and joked that when he returns “everything will be peachy-keen & hunky-dory.”
The announcement comes just hours after fellow Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham slammed Smith as “clueless” about what the opinion side of the network does and for making “inconsiderate and inaccurate” statements about prime-time Fox programs.
Smith had previously said the opinion hosts on his network “don’t have rules” and are just meant for entertainment.
The report continues: The controversy began Thursday after an interview Smith did with Time magazine was published that included comments that Fox’s prime-time opinion shows, like Hannity’s and Ingraham’s, are meant “strictly to be entertaining” and that the hosts “don’t really have rules.”
On Friday, Hannity responded with a tweet defending his show (see below). He wrote: “While Shep is a friend with political views I do not share, and great at breaking news, he is clueless about what we do every day. Hannity breaks news daily-Warrant on a Trump assoc, the unmasking scandal, leaking intel, Fisa abuse, HRC lawbreaking, dossier and more REAL NEWS!”
Ingraham also responded on Twitter (see below), saying Smith is “inconsiderate and inaccurate.”
Ingraham wrote: “Always liked Shep, but his comments were inconsiderate & inaccurate. The hard-working team at the Ingraham Angle does real reporting, develops impt sources and scores big interviews. Very proud of them.”
Later that day, during Smith’s 3 p.m. program, “Shepard Smith Reporting,” Smith told “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace, “Going to take a one-week vacation that was previously planned and be back in a week, and everything will be peachy-keen & hunky-dory. I can’t wait.”
“That’s what they always say: Previously planned and one-week vacation,” Wallace replied.
“I have the airline tickets. It’s been booked for a while. Tell everyone down there [in Washington, D.C.,] hello for me, OK?”
While Shep is a friend with political views I do not share, and great at breaking news, he is clueless about what we do every day. Hannity breaks news daily-Warrant on a Trump assoc, the unmasking scandal, leaking intel, Fisa abuse, HRC lawbreaking, dossier and more REAL NEWS! 9p https://t.co/zJpnnyFTtP
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 16, 2018
Always liked Shep, but his comments were inconsiderate & inaccurate. The hard working team at the Ingraham Angle does real reporting, develops impt sources and scores big interviews. Very proud of them. https://t.co/3aR1EHAK3Z
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 16, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) March 16, 2018
— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) March 16, 2018
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