May 11, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Fox News’ Shepard Smith may have entered a new phase in his life in which he is open about his homosexuality, but longtime viewers of the daytime anchor are familiar with a “Shep” who reveals his pro-homosexual bias through snarky, on-air putdowns of social conservatives.
Smith went public in October about his long-suspected homosexuality, in an interview with Huffington Post. But he was long suspected of being homosexual, and even was listed prominently year after year in the LGBT magazine OUT as one of its “Top 50” most powerful homosexuals.
On April 21, in a speech at his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, Smith said his homosexuality “is both important and a non-issue,” the Jackson, Mississippi, Clarion-Ledger reported.
“I don’t think about it,” Smith said. “It’s not a thing. I go to work. I manage a lot of people. I cover the news. I deal with holy hell around me. I go home to the man I’m in love with.”
The Clarion-Ledger reports that Smith described his homosexuality as “my truth,” and said he began living it eight or nine years ago.
Smith described Fox News as “the craziest conservative network on Earth,” WND reported. Though more conservative than most media, Fox News has nevertheless funded the advocacy-oriented National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association with grants year after year.
Speaking against the Confederate flag, Smith told students at Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism, “You can’t be much of an activist when your job is to report the news … but you can remind people what happened under that flag.”
On-air jabs target socialcons
However, critics point out that Smith has indeed spoken blatantly like an activist, rather than a newsman, occasionally during his long tenure at Fox News. The following are some examples of liberal activist jabs and cheap shots that Smith has made on air while covering cultural events, ostensibly as a reporter:
- In 2015, Smith went out of his way – on air – to show his contempt for people like Christian Kim Davis, when he quipped about the Christian Kentucky clerk who famously refused to sign a marriage certificate for two homosexual men: “Haters are gonna hate.” Oddly, in his talk to the college journalism students, Smith spoke against “stereotypes.”
- Accuracy in Media reported: “In other controversial comments about a pro-Davis rally being broadcast during his show, Smith ripped conservative Christians for “a religious play again,” saying, “This is the same crowd that says, ‘We don’t want Sharia law, don’t let them tell us what to do, keep their religion out of our lives and out of our government.’ Well, here we go again.” Wrote AIM’s Cliff Kincaid: “Smith seems not to understand the difference between Christianity, a foundation of the American system that protects religious rights and liberty, and Islam, an authoritarian religion which wants to impose its values on others.”
- In 2012, Smith took a cheap shot at the hundreds of thousands of Americans taking part in Mike Huckabee’s 2012 “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” to show support for the fast-food restaurant’s Dan Cathy, who enthusiastically defended natural marriage. Smith derided it as the “National Day of Intolerance,” a deep insult to Fox’s conservative audience base, and especially galling because many conservatives (and some liberals) regarded the pro-LGBT Left’s hostility toward Cathy over merely publicly defending traditional marriage as the epitome of “intolerance.”
- When President Obama flip-flopped (for the second time in his political career) in 2012 by embracing homosexuality-based “marriage,” Smith said the “president of the United States [was] now in the 21st Century.” The liberal Huffington Post applauded Smith’s pro-homosexual remark, but Rush Limbaugh took him to task for his comment implying that socially conservative marriage defenders hold antiquated and extreme beliefs.