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Progressive anchor Shepard Smith steps down at Fox News

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Shepard Smith steps down at Fox News

The long-time face of Fox News daytime news reporting is stepping down. Shepard Smith, who has held the 3pm weekday slot at Fox News as their Chief News Anchor and Managing Editor of the network’s breaking news unit, is leaving the company after 23 years.

“Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave FOX News and begin a new chapter,” Smith said. “After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged. The opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many. It’s been an honor and a privilege to report the news each day to our loyal audience in context and with perspective, without fear or favor. I’ve worked with the most talented, dedicated and focused professionals I know and I’m proud to have anchored their work each day — I will deeply miss them.”

Smith has been heralded by journalists and viewers alike over the years, but has come under scrutiny from conservatives, including the President, who believe his brand of reporting has shifted away from the network’s pro-Republican stance. As a news anchor, this is understandable since he is not supposed to be biased, but clashes with the opinion side of the business in recent months has likely prompted this move.

Fox News president Jay Wallace said in a statement: “Shep is one of the premier newscasters of his generation and his extraordinary body of work is among the finest journalism in the industry. His integrity and outstanding reporting from the field helped put Fox News on the map and there is simply no better breaking news anchor who has the ability to transport a viewer to a place of conflict, tragedy, despair or elation through his masterful delivery.”

Conservatives on Twitter responded immediately:

This isn’t really a great loss for Fox News and gives them the opportunity to bring in someone who isn’t afraid to call out Democrats more. The question now is, will they take advantage of the open time slot or give it to another progressive?

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