Fox News is known to speak mostly to its core Republican audience.
But longtime news anchor Shepard Smith is hoping to put the spin aside after the 2016 election season is over.
The 52-year-old recently told Huffington Post he met with Rupert Murdoch regarding the future of Fox, especially after the departure of Trump supporter Roger Ailes. Smith recalled:
“He said, ‘I’m a newsman. I want to be the best news organization in America.’
He wants to hire a lot more journalists, he wants to build us a massive new newsroom, he wants to make more commitments to places like this [studio], to hire reporters to work on beats, just enlarge our news-gathering.
When the biggest boss, who controls everything, comes and says ‘That’s what I want to do,’ that’s the greatest news I’ve heard in years. And he didn’t mention one thing about our opinion side.”
It should come to no surprise that Smith wants to stick to the facts as his background in journalism began in local news, where a reporter’s main job is to inform viewers on what’s happening in their community.
According to his Fox bio, the Mississippi native began his career Panama City, Florida, eventually climbing markets to the very top in Los Angeles, California.
He’s been with Fox News since its inception in 1996, covering major news events like the September 11th terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina.
Smith added that his role at the network is very different from his colleague, Sean Hannity:
“When the opinion people say things and then later we get facts that are different, and I report those, everybody would love for there to be a war going on here. But it’s not like that.
Everybody’s got a job to do. [Sean] Hannity is trying to get conservatives elected. And he wants you to listen to him and believe what he believes. And I’m disseminating facts. It’s really apples and teaspoons. What we do is so different. He’s an entertaining guy who has an audience that he serves, and I deliver the news.
His is probably easier ― he knows what he thinks and just sticks with it. This stuff changes all the time.”
Fox News will host the network’s first presidential debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas, with Chris Wallace as the moderator.
His topics will include:
- Debt and entitlements
- Supreme Court
- Foreign hot spots
- Fitness to be President
Smith will also be in Vegas to help Wallace anchor.