While Shepard Smith might not think too highly of Fox News‘ opinion division, it seems as though the feeling is mutual. Case in point: In 2017, Hannity host Sean Hannity slammed Smith, stating in a radio interview: “Shep is a friend, I like him, but he’s so anti-Trump. I mean, he went off on a rant last week. That’s fine.” The dig was noticeable, because a reporter can’t be anti-anything, per say — Smith’s job was to report on the facts, no matter who he favored. After all, journalists aren’t supposed to work for presidents, right?
In response to Hannity’s jab, Smith released in a statement to Mediaite: “Sometimes facts are displeasing. Journalists report them without fear or favor.” And although Smith handled the situation like a class act, we imagine it must have been a tad grueling to be labeled as “anti-Trump” for simply doing your job. There’s only so much a person can take, after all.