This announcement is quite the stunner, is it not? Speaking for myself, Fox News is generally my favorite TV news channel, although, with the trend they’ve been following, I will say I’ve been less than impressed with their choice of contributors (Donna Brazile is one who comes to mind at the moment). My suspicions were raised with the merger of Disney and Fox in March of this year, and I wondered if they would stay the course of generally conservative commentary and news, or if they would begin the slide into CNN-ism. Disney is definitely on the Left side of the aisle, so to me, the addition of the commentators with further-left-leaning views was disappointing and yet not much of a surprise. Hearing the news that Shepard Smith has thrown in the towel is surprising as well, considering that a number of his co-workers are significantly more conservative in their reporting approach.
Shepard Smith, the chief news anchor of Fox News whose reporting often drew the ire of President Trump, said on Friday that he was leaving the cable news network after 23 years, an abrupt move that left some of his co-workers openly stunned.
“Recently, I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News,” Mr. Smith told viewers at the close of his regular broadcast. “After requesting that I stay, they obliged.”
A fixture of Fox News, Mr. Smith joined the network as a correspondent at its start in 1996 and became one of its most visible journalists. He is leaving in the middle of his current contract, a rarity in the cutthroat television business, and he told viewers on Friday that under his exit agreement, “I won’t be reporting elsewhere at least in the near future.”
Since Mr. Trump took office, Mr. Smith has stood out at Fox News for his tough coverage of the White House — a stark contrast from the Trump cheerleading often displayed by the network’s prime-time and morning-show commentators.