May 10, 2017

"I’ve never really stood in front of a crowd and talked to them about ‘the gay'... but I’ve got nothing to hide."

Said Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, talking to students at the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism.
Smith grew up in Holly Springs, Miss., a town of less than 8,000 people.... Partially due to this upbringing, Smith said, he didn’t consider his sexuality for most of his life. Hoping to avoid confronting his confusing feelings, he threw himself into work....

“I needed to sort of escape what my reality might have been, because I wasn’t answering my own questions or even posing my own questions to myself,” he said. “I put it in a box.... I think part of that was this other thing that I had going on. I didn’t want to ask myself that question or figure that out or learn how to deal with that.... Because to me it was antithetical to all that was okay.... A. You’re going to hell for it. B. You’ll never have any friends again. C. What are you going to tell your family? And by the way, you’re on television on the craziest conservative network on Earth. They will probably put you in front of a brick wall and mow you down. Of course, none of that was true, but that’s how it felt.... One day I found the box. Then I cried for a long time.... "

103 comments:

rhhardin said...

All newsmen are gay.

madAsHell said...

I'm not sure why I should be concerned with sexual orientation of a talking head.

News reporters aren't supposed to become the story.

madAsHell said...

....with THE sexual orientation....

arrrggghhh!!

Ignorance is Bliss said...

I put it in a box....

Owen said...

Who gives a tiny fuck? I mean, really?

These people don't seem to understand that their Victim Currency is now worthless. They need to come back as a transsexual transracial blind paraplegic autistic Victim du Jour. Or they won't make it beyond the page break.

Michael K said...

It's nice he survived his bout with AIDS a few years ago. I was worried about him there for a while.

Lyssa said...

Was it known that he was gay before? I honestly can't remember whether or not I knew that he was gay before.

Which is a good thing, I guess.

Original Mike said...

Is he out at Fox? His recent absence has been nice; I haven't had to turn the sound off eveyday at 2pm.

Matt said...

I expected snide remarks on a conservative site and, sure enough, got them. Why the hate? Shep Smith is proving that even at FOX News a gay person can make a career. If anything that's pretty cool. Celebrate life, people.

Gahrie said...

I don't give a shit that he's gay...(nor am I surprised), but I've detested his smarmy Leftism for years.

ndspinelli said...

Way before being gay he's an egomaniac asshole.

Gahrie said...

I expected snide remarks on a conservative site

Because that never happens at Lefty sites......

Fernandinande said...

Owen said...
Who gives a tiny fuck? I mean, really?


I read these comments despite never having seen or heard the guy, and therefore not caring about his personal life more than that of some anonymous peasant in New York or Africa.

Maybe that's giving a "microfuck" - like a microagression, it's imaginary.

Amadeus 48 said...

Is he going to do something on screen not related to the day's news? Otherwise, I don't care.

Keep goin', Shep. Your fans adore you.

zipity said...


Really, I could not care less who he sleeps with, he's just an awful anchor....

He reminds me of those creepy marionettes on Fireball XL5

https://s3.amazonaws.com/gs-geo-images/4f290ceb-20f5-4ac1-97e5-a03cb2d8bf16_l.jpg

exiledonmainstreet said...

"Celebrate life, people."

My celebration of life does not include celebrating the sex life of a Fox talking head. I don't care about his private life any more than my parents were concerned with David Brinkley's.

You can applaud and virtue signal if you like. How nice for you.

holdfast said...

Long before anyone knew his sexual orientation, we all knew he was a panicky little twit.

Now I suppose he uses that orientation a defensive shield - since Fox doesn't need the headache of firing their only out anchor.

n.n said...

Transgender Spectrum Disorder

Peggy Coffey said...

Why is it any of my business? I don't know him and I don't care.

Original Mike said...

"I expected snide remarks on a conservative site and, sure enough, got them. Why the hate?"

I could not care less about Shepard Smith's sexual orientation. The fact that he is gay is news to me. He was a concern troll.

Owen said...

Holdtast: "...a defensive shield." Yes. This is Shep's dog-whistle to the gay mafia. Anybody looking to reassign Wonder Boy will have to be thinking about this.

traditionalguy said...

He seems to be hostile at his birth culture. Well , he wins and the Deplorables lose.

Rob said...

Now we know there's a Meek School of Journalism, but is there a School of Meek Journalism?

MadisonMan said...

Shep Smith is proving that even at FOX News a gay person can make a career. If anything that's pretty cool. Celebrate life, people.

Why are you viewing this through the prism of his sexuality?

He does well at Fox because as far as I can tell, he's an overachieving workaholic who produces good results.

At some point, he'll probably learn that the only important people who care about his private life are only those with whom he interacts privately. All the others? Totally ignorable -- and they probably don't even really care about him!

mockturtle said...

Owen nails it: Who gives a tiny fuck? I mean, really?

These people don't seem to understand that their Victim Currency is now worthless. They need to come back as a transsexual transracial blind paraplegic autistic Victim du Jour. Or they won't make it beyond the page break.


Yep. First off, this is hardly news. Secondly, we don't care.

Michael K said...

Why the hate? Shep Smith is proving that even at FOX News a gay person can make a career.

You, like Shep, assume that a conservative site must be anti-gay and bigoted.

Well, your virtue signaling is recorded

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

I was sure he was gay the very first time I saw him on TV so maybe I'm gay, too, and don't even know it.

mockturtle said...

Now I suppose he uses that orientation a defensive shield - since Fox doesn't need the headache of firing their only out anchor.

Yes, he was probably on the 'hit list' already, as possibly the worst anchor at FOX News. Now they wouldn't dare fire him [well, I would].

Freder Frederson said...

Shepard Smith is gay?! What next? Don't tell me Barry Manilow is gay.

mockturtle said...

Shep Smith is proving that even at FOX News a gay person can make a career.

It is proving that, as a token gay, even a lame, incompetent anchorman can hold down a job at FOX.

exiledonmainstreet said...

I thought Shep was gay the first time I saw him too, but the reason I stopped watching him was his terrible, hysterical reporting during Katrina.

He mentions being fearful of how the "crazy conservatives" at Fox would treat him. How was he treated by liberal gays who knew he worked at Fox?

Oso Negro said...

You know, I haven't really put it in a box, but just so you all know where I am coming from, I'm a strict heterosexual. I like to date much younger women, too. There, I've said it.

EDH said...

"Yeah, and I can't believe Liberace was gay... I didn't see that one coming."


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tjOn5uJptnY

mockturtle said...

Bold of you, Oso! Since you opened up the closet, I am a strictly heterosexual woman. I would like to date much younger men, too, but don't want to make a fool of myself. ;-)

mockturtle said...

When will Lindsay Graham come out?

Trumpit said...
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Mike makes right said...

I'm not sure "finding the box" is the metaphor he's looking for, here - although if it made him cry........

Trumpit said...

All commenters on this blog are faggots, niggers, kikes, chinks, wops, spics, or something equally loathsome like fascists, and commies. Dang white boys and girls, that was a fun list to recite. I'll have a cup of tea and a saltine cracker about now. If you are not one of those despised group that I mentioned, please tell me which group you belong to, so I can be more specific in my hatred for you. You can email me at Ihateyou@aol.com. Have a nice day.

tim maguire said...

Is "none of that was true" supposed to function as an apology to all the people he just slandered?

Bill said...

Partially due to this upbringing, Smith said, he didn’t consider his sexuality for most of his life.

Odd sentence. I would think that a small-town Southern upbringing would force you to consider it all the more. Anyway, best of luck to him.

AlbertAnonymous said...

Really always the left that has such a hangup about categorizing everyone. Is Shep gay? Who cares would be my response.

Static Ping said...

I do not watch Fox News all that much, but all I remember about Shep Smith was he was very forgettable, if that makes any sense. I suppose that is a good thing for a news anchor.

M Jordan said...

Shep's theology is wrong. Gays don't go to hell because they're gay. The ticket to hell is unbelief. Martin Luther showed that 500 years ago.

Bad Lieutenant said...

please tell me which group you belong to


What do you call survivors and victims of iatrogenesis?

AlbertAnonymous said...

M Jordan,

I was thinking the same thing (at least from a catholic perspective) that so many people get the theology wrong and think (or claim) that you go to hell if you're gay. Not true. Its the actions that would or would not be sinful. And there's always repentance for sinful actions.

But as I read deeper into the article, he talks about doing his work and going home to the man he loves. So maybe he is committing sinful acts (if he even believes any more). But then again maybe not. There are catholic gays who live with their partners but are celibate. Shep can live with the man he loves without sinning.

But again, I don't care if he's gay, sees it as sinful or whatever else. Free country still. Thank God!

Richard said...

That is so passé. You have to come out as transgender if you want to be one of the cool guys … er girls.

sykes.1 said...

I always thought he acted like a hysterical woman. Now I know why.

Bay Area Guy said...

Some people spend years battling demons in their head. But after this seemingly vivid, poignant, valiant struggle, when they finally feel the catharsis of telling folks about it, the response is often muted. As in, ok, thank you for sharing, but nobody gives a flying fuck about your imaginary battles.

walter said...

"There are catholic gays who live with their partners but are celibate."
Uh huh....

I Callahan said...

Anyone who didn't know that already needs to have their gaydar checked...

mockturtle said...

Jesus spent his entire earthly ministry pointing out that all are sinners.
but that 'whoever believes in Him' will have eternal life with God. Even in the OT, Isaiah tells us that 'our righteousness is as filthy rags'. It is the righteousness of Christ and His sacrifice that saves us from the penalty of sin.

ddh said...

In 2017, an almost celebrity announcing his sexual orientation is boring. It's not as if Shep Smith had ever presented himself as a model of cisgendered male heterosexuality.

Dave from Minnesota said...

Speaking of gay....the Seattle Times is defending their pedophile gay mayor. They say because it was hard to be a 32 year old gay man in Seattle 30 years ago, of course he had to pay (and pressure) teenage boys to have sex with him.

I Callahan said...

I expected snide remarks on a conservative site and, sure enough, got them. Why the hate? Shep Smith is proving that even at FOX News a gay person can make a career. If anything that's pretty cool. Celebrate life, people.

Can you please point to the "hate" in these comments? Especially, with respect to his being gay?

I'll wait...

Drago said...

I Callahan: "Can you please point to the "hate" in these comments? Especially, with respect to his being gay?"

The conservatives were not cooperating with Matts delusions so leftist Trumpit stepped in to supply the missing bigotry.

Think of it as the leftist "Althouse Blog Bigotry Hoax Support Network" which is always happy to step in to provide the missing racism, etc.

You know, to "advance the dialogue"!

Thanks leftists!

sparrow said...

It's not that Mr. Smith has nothing to hide that matters, but rather that he has nothing to offer.

Rusty said...

Now if only be was a good news anchor.
That would be worth coming out over.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

What a drama queen. Sheesh. He was over the top during the Katrina hurricane and hasn't stopped since.

Shephard. Everyone knew you were gay. It isn't a big revelation. No one cares.

Who gives a tiny fuck? I mean, really? Exactly Owen!

His gayness has nothing to do with why I can't watch him. It is the smarmy smugness.

John said...

I thought he came out as gay 2-3 years ago?

Why is it that a story?

John Henry

Owen said...

Seattle Mayor?

Banging boys?

I am just shocked.

n.n said...

They're hunting babies. He sees the baby trial ahead. So, he is gathering the relevant credentials and certifications to establish his identity and certify his worth.

Trumpit said...

"Jesus spent his entire earthly ministry pointing out that all are sinners.
but that 'whoever believes in Him' will have eternal life with God. Even in the OT, Isaiah tells us that 'our righteousness is as filthy rags'. It is the righteousness of Christ and His sacrifice that saves us from the penalty of sin."

That's utter nonsense without a shred of science to back it up. What does that have to do with topic of this blog post? To put it bluntly mockturtle, you are the product of a f*ck. I hope your late parents enjoyed it.

mockturtle said...

Yes, Trumpit, we are each the product of a fuck. And I'm sure my parents enjoyed the act, as God intended.

David said...

"Of course, none of that was true, but that’s how it felt."

The exaggeration (and sometimes complete fabrication) of bigotry creates anxiety in the vulnerable. The "rape culture" exaggeration is the best present example. Whether this anxiety is an unintended consequence or a express goal of the Justice Warriors is an open question. Probably depends on the Warrior, but the effect is the same regardless of intent.

J. Farmer said...

She Smith's sexual orientation has been an open secret for years, but I can appreciate the understated way that Smith referenced it in his speech. I much prefer that to an opportunist like Anderson Cooper, who spent the entire time his star was rising refusing to talk about his sexuality and saying that it had no pertinence to his job, making a public showing of coming out in the form of en email to Andrew Sullivan (just as his daytime talk show ratings were circling the drain) and now carries himself as Mr. Gay Pride. I will never forget Cooper's interview with Florida AG Pam Bondi in the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub massacre. I am no fan of Pam Bondi's, but she was expressing normal human empathy in the face of an obvious tragedy, and Anderson thought it would be a good time to grill her on her same-sex marriage stance. Apparently for a trust-fund nitwit like Anderson Cooper, he cannot grasp that someone can have a political opposition to same-sex marriage and still be horrified at the mass slaughter of innocents. I never wanted to crawl through the TV and put my fist through the back of someone's smug face as badly as I did during that incident.

Hmm....I seem to have gone a little far afield.

David said...

I do love "The Meek School of Journalism."

Consider the sweatshirt. A single word: "MEEK"

I want one.

DanTheMan said...

>>That's utter nonsense without a shred of science to back it up

OK, what sort of evidence would you accept for, say, raising Lazarus from the dead?

exiledonmainstreet said...

"Why the hate?"

The only person who has said anything hateful on this thread is the deranged Trumpit - who is on your side. The common consensus is "who cares?"

But you are preprogrammed to see "hate" from conservatives and it looks that anything that isn't cooing, asskissing "Ooooooh, isn't he brave!" counts as "hate" in your mind.

Now you can trot on over to some left-wing site and tell them about how you bravely stood up those ha8ers and celebrated LIFE, man!

Jeez, do you realize what a sanctimonious douche you come across as?

Marc Puckett said...

The last time I had the actual broadcast television on was at the death of Pope S John Paul II and for his obsequies; I remember being impressed by what I considered to be the appropriately somber and indeed reverential tone Smith used throughout those days. No interest whatever in his public discussions of his private life, however.

Original Mike said...

Shoot, Smith is back.

Original Mike said...

Actually, Smith showing up with his spin on the news motivated me to change the channel.. Good thing. I watch too much Fox News.

Kathryn51 said...

J. Farmer said...
She Smith's sexual orientation has been an open secret for years, but I can appreciate the understated way that Smith referenced it in his speech. I much prefer that to an opportunist like Anderson Cooper, who spent the entire time his star was rising refusing to talk about his sexuality and saying that it had no pertinence to his job, making a public showing of coming out in the form of en email to Andrew Sullivan (just as his daytime talk show ratings were circling the drain) and now carries himself as Mr. Gay Pride.

J. Farmer is correct - Everyone who pays attention to any news or gossip re: Fox News has known for years about Smith. He's more melodramatic than what I like in "disaster" situations, but I admire the fact that he never, ever assumed the mantle of Victim, unlike Anderson Cooper. He wanted to succeed based on his talent and hard work and never made himself part of the story. Good for him for going back home (Mississippi) and not bringing a bevy of PR flaks and TV cameras along with him.

William said...

I wonder if Tucker Carlson goes down on his wife. If so, he should announce it. It would encourage other men to muff dive on their wives. How many marriages might be saved........I think Maria Bartiromo probably swallows, but, here again, this is useful information that should be shared with the public.

Michael K said...

Smith had an episode that was obvious AIDS a few years ago. Nobody was surprised at his virtue signaling "gay."

Bob Loblaw said...

I hope he's better at being gay than he is at his job.

mockturtle said...

William, though crude, your suggestion is spot-on. Let's demand that all TV personalities disclose their sexual peccadillos [and peccadildos!] to the viewing audience. Watching them will be ever so much more enjoyable knowing what kinds of sex toys they like and if they're into BDSM. [/sarc, of course].

FullMoon said...

Matt said... [hush]​[hide comment]

I expected snide remarks on a conservative site and, sure enough, got them. Why the hate?


Here is my go to response:

Put a Trump bumper sticker on your car. Come back in a week and tell us about hate.

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

Smith isn't bad. He's Head and shoulders above the lunatics on CNN and MSNBC. I could care less if he's gay.

Fox really has the best news department now that CNN has abandoned anything that remotely resembles journalism. I say that as someone who watched CNN almost exclusively until they decided to go full metal lefty last year.

hombre said...

Blogger Dave from Minnesota said...

"Speaking of gay....the Seattle Times is defending their pedophile gay mayor."

Yes, the next great crusades for the sec/progs and their pimps in the leftmedia will be normalizing incest and pedophilia. However, I think this may just be practice since the tranny toilet wars are not yet concluded.

We'll have to wait until the next Dem takeover for the bestiality drive.

Michelle Dulak Thomson said...

Assuming you still have a car. Of course, it might merely be keyed, or its windows smashed.

mockturtle said...

We'll have to wait until the next Dem takeover for the bestiality drive.

I wonder if that will bring PETA into the fray.

Freeman Hunt said...

I don't have cable, but the times I've seen Smith, I've thought he was good at his job.

Virtually Unknown said...

I guess we are haters now if we call him "Shemp" like we always used to.

Virtually Unknown said...
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Virtually Unknown said...

To be honest, I haven't watched more than the occasional snatch of Fox in years. I used to be quite loyal. It went the way of ESPN in my rotation, just slowly disappeared. Same with Rush. They are all nearly perfectly predictable now.

walter said...

Virtually Unknown said... I haven't watched more than the occasional snatch of Fox in years.
--
Apt way to put it..

Birkel said...

Wait a second? Some of you people still have cable?

What the hell is wrong with you?

n.n said...

I could care less if he's gay.

The individual is judged by the "content of his character", not his diversity class.

Even expression of his transgender orientation, say as a couplet, since it's not a progressive condition, is not a proximate concern for society. Although, reducing women to womb banks and men to sperm depositors so that Heather can have two daddies or two mommies, respectively, cannot be considered positive progress.

As a journalist, just the facts, Smith.

That said, in light of the liberal baby hunts, his second outing is unlikely to be a coincidence.

JohnAnnArbor said...

Wait a second? Some of you people still have cable?

What the hell is wrong with you?


I have a landline, too.

Virtually Unknown said...

apt way to put it

Ha ha ha! You made me remember when I used to watch Red Eye.

Marc Puckett said...

Ah! Shemp! I read at another site fairly often where many commenters delight in using these sometimes peculiar, presumably ironic or &c &c nicknames for public people. That 'Shemp' is this Smith I catch on to after a few minutes but have never understood why commenters refer to him that way. Figure it has something to do with the Three Stooges but not being a Stooges fan have never gotten the joke.

Gahrie said...

I have a landline, too.

Not only do I have cable and a landline...i still use AOL and I have never owned a cellphone.

Bad Lieutenant said...

Oh Trumpit, you said:

please tell me which group you belong to, so I can be more specific in my hatred for you


What's a nasty name to call survivors and victims of unpunished iatrogenesis?

I felt sure that you would know.

Anthony said...

Don't care whether he's gay or not. At times he could be a very good reporter, like the time he was a witness at a prisoner execution; he gave a very insightful description of what he was feeling and what the others were going through.

But, yeah, at times just an elitist hack.

Great voice though.

Krumhorn said...

Wanna see my surprised face?
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<{O}>
....~

- Krumhorn

Paco Wové said...

I had no idea who "Shepard Smith" was, so I had to search for him on Google Image search to see if I recognized him. I didn't. What a gay face, though.

madAsHell said...

Not only do I have cable and a landline...i still use AOL and I have never owned a cellphone.

GET OFF MY LAWN!!!

All kidding aside, I'm considering cutting the cable, and use the cell phone for everything. I just have to find a way to stream Chip and Joanna Gaines on HGTV's "Fixer Upper".....um......it's for the wife.

The Toothless Revolutionary said...

The lies conservatives are forced to tell themselves. What a shame.

chickelit said...

All kidding aside, I'm considering cutting the cable, and use the cell phone for everything.

Don't sell the copper!

The Toothless Revolutionary said...

Smith had an episode that was obvious AIDS a few years ago. Nobody was surprised at his virtue signaling "gay."

Seeing as how no one untreated ever dies of AIDS any longer, I'm really curious as to what this "episode" consisted of, so-called Dr. Kennedy.

Jersey Fled said...

I've been telling my wife for years that the next lefty "cause" will be pedophilia.

I missed the whole Transgender thing.

Fritz said...

Blogger Jersey Fled said...
I've been telling my wife for years that the next lefty "cause" will be pedophilia.

I missed the whole Transgender thing.


And after that necrophilia, because it is, after all, a truly victimless crime.

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