When Shep Smith Throws Down a Rant on the Kim Davis Story – It’s Not What Fox News Viewers Expected
Fox News anchor Shep Smith is typically a ‘just the facts’ type journalist. But when he launches into a diatribe like he did on the Kim Davis story, as he did on Tuesday, he is liable to give people something to think about – even if many of the cable news outlet’s viewers disagree.
“They set this up as a religious play again,” Smith led in with his commentary. “This is the same crowd that says, ‘We don’t want Sharia law, don’t let them tell us what to do, keep their religion out of our lives and out of our government.’ Well, here we go again.”
Of course, Christians believe in the Bible and not in Sharia law, and in addition, fundamentalists don’t agree with the statement keep “religion out of our lives and out of our government.” That is a major distinction between the libertarian and social conservative wings of the Republican Party.
“Haters are going to hate,” he also said. “We thought what this woman wanted was an accommodation, which they’ve granted her, something that worked for everybody. But it’s not what they want.”
It’s a truism that people who oppose gay marriage – oppose gay marriage. So, it’s not a stunner that Christian fundamentalists who support Kim Davis are doing so not because they are a fan of legalistic pitched battles, but because they oppose the institution of same-sex marriage.
At another point in his rant, Smith got right down to what he believes about the issue.
“The truth is, when you get right down to the fundamentals of this, the Supreme Court of the United States said that you can’t have things being ‘okay’ for one group of people, and not ‘okay’ for another group of people.”
Smith also invoked past racial issues to compare the debate over gay marriage to that over civil rights.
“This is not unprecedented. They did it when they said black and white people couldn’t marry,” he argued.
When people attack Fox News for being an ‘unbalanced’ network, they need to bear in mind that one of their daily heavy hitters is given the floor to say virtually whatever he believes is fair about the news, even if many of Fox’s more conservative viewers are unlikely to agree with him.