Fox host gets heated when author disses his network
"Don't you Fox on me," anchor Shepard Smith snapped at a guest after what seemed a fairly innocuous barb about Fox News fired him up.
Afternoon anchor Smith briefly lost his cool Wednesday during an interview with Naomi Wolf, author of The End of America. A Republican talking head also appeared on Smith's show.
Wolf observed that Democrats didn't have to "hold our nose and walk into the [voting] booth," and as she tried to finish her answer Smith jumped in.
"So you were holding your nose walking into the booth with John Kerry, the last time? You were holding your nose walking into the booth with Bill Clinton?" he asked, as GOP strategist Kellyanne Conway laughed in the background. "When was the nose-holding exactly, if you could pin it down for me?"
Wolf began to explain, without explicitly bad-mouthing Clinton or Kerry, and Smith returned to the subject at hand. "You said, the nose-holding; I just want to know when the nose-holding was."
"This is why I love Fox News," Wolf said sarcastically.
That, apparently was too much for Smith.
"No, no, no. That is unfair. You said it, I didnít say it! You said you were holding your nose when you went in the booth, and I asked you when," Smith said, wagging his finger at the camera. "Thatís fair. And anybody who doesnít ask you that is not being fair. Iíd like an answer please. You did it. Donít you ĎFoxí on me. Ever."
Wolf explained that she was glad about the historic prospects in this election, where for the first time the Democratic nominee will be a woman or a black man.
Later in the program, Smith apologized for his outburst.
"I want to apologize to you for pointing my finger at you. I just get tired of people like you saying every time you're challenged on something that you say that it's something about Fox," he said. "It's not something about Fox. I don't have a horse in this race and for you to suggest such a thing is both inaccurate and insulting."
This video is Fox's Studio B, broadcast February 6, 2008.