Shep Smith was reporting the events of Monday’s protests and pockets of rioting with the Fox News “The Five”. Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld, co-hosts asked questions that clearly annoyed Shepard while he was trying to accurately report on the facts of the incidents he was witnessing. As the video shows here is the discussion:
Co-host Eric Bolling asked:
“I haven’t heard anything from any civil rights leaders. Have you?” Bolling asked.
Smith reported that he had heard that Alveda King had made statements calling for peace, discussing this in quick detail.
“But it seems like in the middle of all of this,” Smith said, “to start picking on people for civil rights and what they’re saying and what they’re not saying, we could spend our time watching this and reporting on it-”
Bolling added that it would be “nice timing” for a civil rights leader to call on protesters to remain peaceful.
Greg Gutfeld also would ask, “Where are the parents?”
“Well, you know, I’ve not been on the phone with them,” Smith said. “But if we want to sit here and indict the civil rights community and indict the parents for what we’re watching right now, instead of for now, just covering what happens and then later talk about whose fault it is, because we don’t know whose fault it is.”
“No one’s indicting anyone,” Bolling jumped in to say. “We’re asking the legitimate questions.”
“Bolling, the question was, ‘Where are the parents?'” Smith said. “Surely you don’t expect me to know that.”
Gutfeld replied that he’d asked about a “hypothetical.”
“We’ve got a major American city that has decades of turmoil within this neighborhood,” Smith said. “Clearly there is a big problem. Then, all of a sudden, an African-American man is taken into a vehicle and he comes out of it and dies.”
It is nice to see at least an attempt at journalism considering the horrific ways so many branches of mainstream media have reported on the events in Baltimore these past few days. We need to look closely at what is being reported because plenty of distractions are thrown at us every minute of every day.