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A hoax continues to circulate on Facebook that Fox News anchor Shepard Smith will be fired because he has been critical of President Donald Trump.
"Breaking: Shep Smith to be canned because he can’t control his hate for Donald Trump," said a headline by Newsflash. The website, which lacks original reporting, has a hodgepodge of articles about politics and celebrities.
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Fake stories stating that Smith will be or has been fired have circulated since 2017 on multiple websites. Snopes, which debunked the claim in 2017, found it first published on TheLastLineOfDefense.org, a website that calls itself satire. We rated that version of the claim Pants on Fire almost a year ago.
One easy giveaway: Smith was just rehired.
Smith, one of Fox’s original hires in 1996, is now the anchor of Shepard Smith Reporting (weekdays 3-4PM/ET). In March 2018, Fox News Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch announced that Smith, the chief news anchor and managing editor of breaking news, signed a multiyear agreement.
In February, network spokeswoman Irena Briganti told the AP that the story that Smith has been let go was "completely false."
Smith has drawn the ire of some Trump fans because he has criticized the president on air.
Newsflash included an accurate quote by Smith in which he said Trump made a false statement that the media frequently under-reports radical Islamic terror attacks.
"In short, the president’s assertion is false," Smith said in February 2017. "The White House knows that it was false or could have learned that it was false with a quick Google check, but either did not do so or decided not to tell the truth."
Smith told Time in an article published in March that he’s not bothered by the divergence between his reporting and Fox’s opinion slate: "We serve different masters. We work for different reporting chains, we have different rules. They don’t really have rules on the opinion side. They can say whatever they want, if it’s their opinion. I don’t really watch a lot of opinion programming. I’m busy."
Bottom line: This headline is recycled fake news from 2017.
We rate this statement Pants on Fire!
Newsflash, "BREAKING: Shep Smith To Be Canned Because He Can’t Control His Hate For Donald Trump," June 10, 2018
Fox News, "FOX NEWS CHANNEL RE-SIGNS SHEPARD SMITH TO MULTIYEAR DEAL," March 15, 2018
Philly.com, "Fox News' Shepard Smith calls out Trump: 'That's not true,’" March 13, 2018
Time, "Shep Smith Has the Hardest Job on Fox News," March 15, 2018
The Hill, "Shepard Smith goes after Trump for not condemning Russia in tweets," Feb. 19, 2018
Bizpac Review, "Renewed calls to get rid of Fox News’ Shepard Smith after he’s unable to control his contempt for Trump," Feb. 8, 2017
Factcheck.org, "Fox News’ Shepard Smith Hasn’t Been Fired," June 12, 2018
Snopes, "Was Shepard Smith Fired from Fox News?" Jan. 3, 2018
Associated Press, "Fox News Channel says Shepard Smith has not been fired," Feb. 26, 2018
PolitiFact, "The list of 78 terror attacks the White House says the media didn’t cover — but they did," Feb. 8, 2017
PolitiFact, "No, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith did not punch Sean Hannity in the nose after being fired," July 18, 2017
Interview, Caley Cronin, Fox News spokeswoman, June 13, 2018
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