President Obama was full of piss and vinegar on Tuesday. Not only did the President shut down the rude behavior of Congressional Republicans during his SOTU speech with the best zinger ever, but he — or someone at the White House — put the Fox network in its proper place earlier in the day.
Every year, a pre-SOTU luncheon is held for the media at the White House. For at least the second year in a row, Fox anchor Shepard Smith waxed poetic about the menu. In 2014, he aired a three-part segment on the menu. This year, he spoke about it on his show with the menu in hand.
But the best part of Smith’s description came at the end, when he spoke about the placecards at the luncheon. With a truly baffled look on his face, he said:
“I sat next to Brian Williams, and we all had these place cards, and his said ‘Brian Williams, NBC News.’ And across from me was, uh, David Muir — the new guy on ABC — it said ‘David Muir, ABC News.’ And then over next to the President was Scott Pelley and it said ‘Scott Pelley CBS News.’ And I looked at mine, and it doesn’t say anything about news. It just says ‘Fox.’ And I looked at Bret Baier’s, and it said, ‘Bret Baier, Fox.’ But all the rest of them got ‘News’.”
Smith displayed his placecard as proof. Sure enough, it simply read “Shepard Smith Fox”.
The anchor added:
“I mean I don’t care. Lunch was great. But I guess there’s a message received. I think Bret and I are good to go with the news part. And I think you know that, too.”
Maybe Shepard really didn’t care, although why complain about it on air? However, conservative pundits were absolutely outraged. TownHall called the move a ‘childish swipe’; The DailyCaller said it was ‘petty’; Tammy Bruce labelled it an ‘immature stunt’ — all of which just makes the joke even funnier.
The fact is, others have long beaten President Obama to the punch when it comes to making fun of Fox and its alleged ‘reporting’ of the news. Comedian Jon Stewart makes the lies told by the Fox network a regular part of his programming on The Daily Show.
The question isn’t whether dropping ‘news’ from the placecards of Fox anchors is ‘childish’ or ‘petty’. The question is: Why are bozos like Shepard Smith and Bret Baier even invited to a White House press luncheon?
You can watch the video of Shepard Smith’s complaints here: