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Shepard Smith resignation gives rise to new collusion conspiracy theory: Atty General Bill Barr forced him out

Shepard Smith resignation gives rise to new collusion conspiracy theory: Atty General Bill Barr forced him out

Shepard Smith was ill-fitted for Fox News, but the claims being spread about his resignation are reminiscent of Russia-collusion conspiracy theories.

Shepard Smith just announced that he is resigning from Fox News effective immediately.

I can’t say I’m surprised.

Shep became unwatchable, barely containing his Trump hatred. I tuned in the other day, a rare occurrence, but turned the channel to the *more reasonable* MSNBC — at least there you know what you are getting. My few minutes of Shep was non-stop snark and snide comments.

Shep also has teamed with Andrew Napolitano to promote impeachment and to attack Tucker Carlson and other evening lineup stars.

It couldn’t last. And it didn’t.

Here’s his on-air announcement:


Already the conspiracy theories are being peddled that Attorney General Bill Barr had a hand in forcing Shep out. Raw Story was quick out of the gate with the conspiracy:

Mark Hamill spread the Raw Story story to his 3 million followers:

Here’s a CNN Reporter suggesting the same:

And this CNN contributor:

And CNN Legal Analyst and host Renato Mariotti:

Chris Hayes, an MSNBC primetime host, spread the conspiracy theory in a widely shared tweet:

Cheri Jacobus asserts that “Barr ordered Murdoch to fire him.”

Boing Boing says it may not be “coincidence” that Barr met with Murdoch recently:

Even local news KXAN in Austin is focusing on the Barr meeting:

The Barr conspiracy theory is spreading pretty quickly among the Russia collusion crowd, including *someone* with the last name Pelosi:

Kathy Griffin couldn’t stay away:

And this conspiracy theory dumpster fire would not complete without some fake (and now retracted) news:

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One would think the news might just possibly be focused on… you know… news?

The Friendly Grizzly | October 11, 2019 at 4:41 pm

CNN awaits.

Well, don’t let the door knob hit you where the good Lord split you!

Yeah, one for the good guys!

Let’s see what the Kraken brings forth

Comanche Voter | October 11, 2019 at 5:04 pm

Adios muchacho! Not that I care much–Shep seems to have slipped his mental moorings recently. I’m certain that he would fit nicely in an Anderson Cooper Rachel Maddow Shep Smith threesome. Maybe even on a “news” show!

All poking fun aside–Shep was virtually unwatchable on Fox. He needs to go to some happier place for him.

Shep became unwatchable…
There was a time that he was watchable?

    MajorWood in reply to RodFC. | October 11, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Only his “moment in the sun” when reporting on Jennifer Lopez. Still amazed he remained on the air after that one.

    Valerie in reply to RodFC. | October 11, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    I thought he was watchable, before Katrina.

      My2centshere in reply to Valerie. | October 12, 2019 at 11:43 am

      Shep loved bear stories. He never missed an opportunity to show a bear. I thought it was cute at first and then became ridiculous. In the end Trump broke him.

Here comes Megyn Kelly

I quit FOX in 2005 because of Shemp and Whorealdo crying while reporting about babies being eaten in the Superdome

He’s just in a snit because nobody in management would sexually abuse him

Feel good story of the week.

Shep! really is the model the brushed-up, eyebrow plucked effete soybois wandering about Manhattan wearing pegged flood pants and $380 versions of converse low-tops.

What is it with the website lately. If I click on a story, it will bring me to UNICEF or some shopping website. I have to try three of 4 times before I get to the story.

Gays hate Fox News. Who new? Maybe next big news flash will be that blacks and Jews like commie China way more than joe blow us citizen. Nah that’s too crazy.

Update: Smith will be the kneepad editor on the Pole Smoker Network!

Unless supported by the likes of soros via GE, the market dictates. Sheppard Smith was not popular on Fox.

I will never forget-during Katrina-Schemp was on a bridge crying, yes real tears, because there were people supposedly trapped on the bridge, and couldn’t get off. And there was Schemp with tons of TV trucks etc. behind him, and I’m screaming at the tv-You idiot, all the trucks got there – LEAD THEM OFF!! What a phony.

I will never forget-during Katrina-Schemp was on a bridge crying, yes real tears, because there were people supposedly trapped on the bridge, and couldn’t get off. And there was Schemp with tons of TV trucks etc. behind him, and I’m screaming at the tv-You idiot, all the trucks got there – LEAD THEM OFF!! What a phony.

    budmania in reply to budmania. | October 11, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Sorry for the duplicate. Old fat fingers….

    Those would have been second wave or later.
    First wave on foot basically sacked Jefferson Parish leading to “no foot traffic entering Jefferson Parish” policy. First bus after was trashed and Mayor Nagin not only did not offer repair costs, but demanded everyone else fork up to rescue his city. Unsurprisingly nobody outside offered up their buses for destruction. That was the most plausible reason city and school buses were allowed to flood and were not used in any rescue: hypothetically if the city transported people somewhere that somewhere had a reasonable claim for New Orleans to fork up themselves for some or all of those costs.
    You may remember how the school and city bus drivers were told they were off the clock and stay or flee as they wished, there would be no need for their services until normal operations resumed. And the stories of at least one driver who loaded up his city bus with his family and everyone else that wanted out (It seems like I remember city sanctions against him because there was no authorization to use that vehicle for “personal use”)
    Rule One was all monies for corruption, no spending on emergencies (joke at the time was they desperately needed help, but the only help they would accept was pallets of unmarked Federal reserve notes)(remember when the outside cities started press conferences saying they were full up, New Orleans was still demanding all the money and nobody that was caring for N.O. citizens got any of it.

I still can’t get used to the widespread delusion that FOX is conservative.

    snopercod in reply to tom_swift. | October 12, 2019 at 11:11 am

    I think they were until Brit Hume was demoted. It’s been all downhill from there.

      Not really.
      The whole “Fair and Balanced” was predicated on staking out the 50yrd line. Or at least a plausible fraud of doing so. Everyone else promptly headed for the Left 2yrd line and decried how far “Right” Fox News was. Back during Pres Bush’s (43) term somebody (I think this was the 2007 Sacred Heart University poll, but it has disappeared from the university links so is uncheckable) did a hardcore survey of newscasters (not commentators)(this was earlier than the 2011 NPR study of Bret alone)and IIRC Bret Baier was “furthest right” with a score of 47 or 48 (0 being left and 100 being right) He promptly headed Left to prove his Leftist chops. Only 3 others were in the 40s none of those working for major networks. Not many in the high 30s either although Megyn Kelly was, but she openly stated she did not bring the particular producers who got her that score with her to her noon commentary program.

ScottTheEngineer | October 11, 2019 at 6:02 pm

I always like Shephard Smith. He had a sense of humor when appropriate and you knew he was a liberal by the way he presented some things but I always felt he was fair with his questions and presented both sides of a story.

Tucker should have challenged the Attorney about calling Napolitano a Moron. He might be wrong but he’s not a moron. Napolitano’s been hitting the top of Drudge report quiet a few times with pronouncements I knew were wrong its kinda disappointing.
I hope they replace him with Greta Van Sustern. She’s absolutely awesome. Nothing more attractive in a woman then brains and kindness.

    Napolitano is a never Trumper. That alone would make him a moron but suggesting that the President of the country couldn’t ask another foreign leader to investigate graft and corruption by the former VP just because he’s running for election is asinine.

    “Napolitano’s been hitting the top of Drudge report…”

    Wouldn’t know. Swore off Drudge. Amazing how much less stress I have.

    I hope they replace him with Greta Van Sustern. She’s absolutely awesome.

    Go ahead, call me superficial, but I just can’t watch post-operation Greta. Maybe she’d be OK on radio.

    Greta is too tied to D.C.
    Fox News is tied to NYC.
    Also, unless Fox wants everyone to believe Smith singlehandedly chased Greta out before, they can’t bring her back now.

Maybe they can replace Shep with some real talent, like Tammy Bruce.

The truth is Shep Smith hated his job. He hated his coworkers. He hated his boss. Usually when that happens, people get another job too.

Well, heck. I turned off the TV before ever seeing him or the rest of them. I have a vague recollection of Tucker Carlson, wearing a bow tie and looking like he was about 14 and that he seemed to be a bright fellow.

Maybe Ted Turner and Whoopee Goldberg could do a reality TV episode, that might be reason enough to watch video clips on Youtube.

Did it occur to any of the Tweeters that Shep timed his announcement after he heard about the Barr/Murdoch meeting….it took even his colleagues by surprise. One last poke in the eye to Orange Man Bad.

Tough in here today…

Bob Barr couldn’t give a flying rat’s hindquarters about Shep Smith. He certainly wouldn’t go out of his way to see him removed because in the grand scheme of things, Shep is just a flea on a dog. Now I’m more inclined to believe that Shep had a major hissy fit because his @ss wasn’t being kissed and that prompted his exit. Which scenario makes more sense?

    Barry in reply to Sanddog. | October 11, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Agreed, Barr has no use nor time for the sheepy. Tucker handed him his ass and that probably brought it to an end.

The people who still watch FOX have been screaming at FOX management to dump Shep. The network has been losing viewers due to the liberal son takeover, and Shep was a large part of the reason given by those who left.

I laugh at the idiots now defending Shep and his Faux FOX affiliation. These twits probably never watched one minute of this Ken Doll wanna be. Phony news man, plastic as they come, so this is addition by subtraction.

Maybe he quit because they were going to move him to the 2 AM slot because he was dragging down the business. I hope he goes the way of Kelly. Crash and burn, and not missed.

Ok, I’m going to take all the credit – I emailed Fox with my third complaint about the dishonesty of Sheepard Smith.

3 strikes and your out.

It’s not so much the news, fake or otherwise, that divides us, but rather the news media.

He stopped acting like a journalist and let his commentary become too apparent, much like a talking head. Not to mention his sanctimony was a bit much.

Terence G. Gain | October 12, 2019 at 7:14 am

Smith began his show on Wednesday and Thursday of last week by claiming that there was something sinister about the White House placing the Whistleblower Transcript on a secure server. I immediately turned him off. I am delighted to see this dishonest man go.

We’ll know more about why he left when we see where he lands. His contract prevents him going online with another network for 2? years.

Campaign manager for Hillary 2020 would be a good fit.

Every time I saw his makeup-caked face, I changed the channel!

The Left is like a re-run marathon of the worst episodes of The X Files.

The lowlife and his NeverTrump pal Nap should have been fired by HR the minute they attacked their colleague on TV.

“I just can’t wait to put my hand in my crotch and shove it into Shep’s face when he gets to CNN”
-Don Lemon

On the way out, don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.

Smith and that New Jersey Parking Ticket Judge who thought he should be on the Supreme Court were horrible.

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | October 13, 2019 at 9:46 am

Liberal logic and conspiracy theories:

AG Barr visits Rupert Murdoch. The next day, Shep departs Fox News. Thus, AG Barr ousted SS.

My dog takes a dump in my back yard. Two hours later the sun sets. Thus, my dog taking a dump causes the sun to set.

Never really cared about his sexual orientation (not like it was much of a secret). It was his idiotic posturing, “reporting” things that simply were wrong and endless editorializing when he was supposedly reporting news that got to me pretty quickly. I’m just surprised it took so long to get rid of him.

Barr meets Murdock, then Shep leaves, so leaving is because of Barr.
This is the logical fallacy know as “post hoc ergo proper hoc”, or “after that therefore because of that”, neatly demonstrated by this “argument”: I ate Cheerios for breakfast then tripped and fell, so the Cheerios caused the accident.
Our entire journo class are ignorant morons who wouldn’t know an invalid argument if it hit them upside the head.