A former Fox News Channel anchor known in part for taking occasional shots at the Trump administration will reportedly be back on the cable news airwaves just in time for the 2020 presidential election.
According to Politico, Shepard Smith is joining CNBC as that network’s latest evening news anchor.
Many conservatives expressed their joy when Smith stepped down from a network that was seen, at least at the time, as largely supportive of President Donald Trump.
“In good times and bad”
The anchor earned mixed reviews for what some critics saw as excessive adulation for Democratic viewpoints while others saw his brand of news coverage as a balance to the channel’s conservative commentary.
In any case, Smith’s fans will soon be able to find him behind a newsdesk again — this time at 7 p.m. ET each weeknight on CNBC for a new program called The News with Shepard Smith.
“I am honored to continue to pursue the truth, both for CNBC’s loyal viewers and for those who have been following my reporting for decades in good times and bad,” he said of his new opportunity, according to Politico.
“Entirely false and wildly inaccurate”
Smith announced his departure from Fox News in an on-air statement in October, more than two decades after becoming one of the then-fledgling network’s first hires.
Forbes noted at the time that no specific reason was given for his resignation, but cited reports that Smith felt he did not receive sufficient support from executives — specifically in response to a supposed spat he had with Tucker Carlson, another Fox News Channel personality.
“At no time did anyone – including anyone in management or a third party – speak to Shepard Smith regarding this matter,” a network spokesperson said in response. “Anything to the contrary is entirely false and wildly inaccurate.”
Looking to the future
Since Smith’s exit, Fox News has faced criticism from the right — including directly from Trump — about the perceived leftward slant of its news coverage.
It is clear that no news outlet or journalist can please every American, and it would be a fool’s errand for any of them to try. Fortunately, Americans have plenty of choices.
For those who have missed Smith’s take on news and current events, there will soon be another opportunity to tune in.