Shepard Smith explains:
“I sat next to Brian Williams, and we all have these place cards and his said, ‘Brian Williams, NBC News.’ And across from me was David Muir, the new guy on ABC. It said, ‘David Muir, ABC News.’ And then, over next to the president, was Scott Pelley, and it said, ‘Scott Pelley, ABC News.”
“And I looked at mine, and it doesn’t say anything about news. It just says, ‘Fox.’ And I looked at Bret Baier’s and it said, ‘Bret Baier, Fox.’ But all the rest of them got ‘news.’ I mean, I don’t care — lunch was great.”
This is pretty hilarious, because its true.
My solution was somewhat different: Rather than omit the word News, I put the word in quotes, thusly:
Starting today, anytime I write the words “Fox News” I will, for accuracy’s sake, put the word NEWS in its own quotes, like this: Fox “News”
— Barry Ritholtz (@ritholtz) January 13, 2015
Its more aggressive, less passive.
Kudos to Shepard Smith, for keeping it classy. And kudos to the White House, for speaking the truth.
Video after the jump
What happens to you when you are not a news organization