FOX’s Shepard Smith: Robin Williams Was a Coward Who Committed Suicide in a “Fit” of Depression

We were already not fans of FOX News but this is a new low, even for them. Watch to the end for an appalling display by Shepard Smith.

Oh yeah, and he had smoked pot before too. Who says this stuff?


  • Phil
    August 13, 2014 - 1:51 am | Permalink

    Shep Smith is the only Fox anchor to show backbone and not tow the party line. I think he made a mistake here and he apologized. You have to look at his overall pattern of behavior.

  • August 13, 2014 - 4:47 am | Permalink

    I don’t know Phil. I read Smith’s apology and as is usually the case when someone says something stupid that they don’t really want to disavow, it didn’t help:

    I was sorry to read online the people who see the world in a black-and-white way, and to suggest that they might have a definitive analysis of why he did such a thing. What I wanted to do is celebrate his life and find some meaning in our own lives, since we often do know someone who is reaching out, and we have a responsibility to help that person — maybe a phone call or a door knock is in order.

    But no matter how you process it: Look at what this family is going through. I would never presume to know anything about his private life. And if any of his family members and friends were to have seen me use the word “coward,” I would be horrified. I would just to apologize to the end of the earth to anyone who might think that I meant to openly call him a coward.

    To the core of my being, I regret it. It just came out of my mouth. And I’m so sorry. And to anyone and their families who see that, I am sorry.

    So the people who object to him calling Williams a coward “see the world in a black and white way,” presumably as opposed to him, who sees it more nuanced, and can therefore toss out a word like “coward?”

    He also says that he never meant to “openly” call Williams a coward. I’m sure that’s true.

    And finally, he says it just came out of his mouth, but it came out in the middle of his building argument that Williams had deserted his grown children by giving in to a “fit” of depression. He got himself worked up and the next thing he knew, Williams was a terrible person and Smith was here to call him out.

    I’ll take your word that Smith is on FOX through a mistake and that he’s usually better than this. I would certainly hope so, on both counts.

  • Phil
    August 14, 2014 - 12:13 am | Permalink

    I don’t watch Fox so I’m going by the clips I see on the Young Turks.
    I thought his apology was ok. No one else thinks so?

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