Fox News’ Shepard Smith has officially come out


Shepard Smith

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, long rumored to be gay, made it official today (Monday, Oct. 17), coming out as a gay man in response to a question over whether the network’s former head, Roger Ailes, forced him to remain closeted, according to a report by The Advocate.

The interview was conducted by Huffington Post D.C. bureau chief Ryan Grim and posted on the HuffPost site this morning,

In 2014 Gawker editor Nick Denton reported that Ailes told Smith, during contract negotiations, that he couldn’t come out because Fox News viewers wouldn’t tolerate a gay news anchor. Ailes and Smith issued a joint statement at the time denying that claim.

Ailes resigned his position as CEO of Fox News in July following allegations by numerous women that he had sexually harassed them. Smith told Huffington Post that the allegations against Ailes were “horrifying,” and “trusts were betrayed.”

—  Tammye Nash

Shep Smith allegedly ‘inned’ by FoxNews

SmithIt’s an open secret that FoxNews host Shepard Smith is gay, much the way it was with Anderson Cooper for years — no denials, but facts are facts. On a conservative station like FoxNews — which, if it were smart, would tout its out reporter as proof that conservatism isn’t just for cranky old white men — being gay and on-air is apparently a nonstarter, though, so Shep has kept hush-hush about it. But in recent years, he’s taken less time concealing (for example, bringing his boyfriend to the company picnic).

Now Gawker is reporting that Smith wants to officially come out, only FoxNew head Roger Ailes said “no.” It’s pretty sad that your employer even has the right to control your sexual identity (the public face of it, anyway), but Ailes seems to have taken it a step further: Smith has been “demoted” (reassigned to a less desirable time slot), allegedly in retaliation. Fox has denied the allegations.

The question I have is: Why would Smith work for FoxNews in the first place?

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Glenn Beck equates Reform Jews to radical Islam over support of Obama’s DOMA position

Glenn Beck

After the Obama administration decided to drop its defense of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism praised the move.

In reaction, Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck compared Reform Judaism, the largest branch of Judaism in North America, to radical Islam.

The RAC, a social action organization affiliated with Reform Judaism, wrote, “The announcement by the Obama Administration, through the Justice Department, that it will no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage act is as welcome as it is overdue. Now is the time for Congress to repeal the discriminatory law once and for all.”

Beck’s anti-Semitic response was: “Reform rabbis are generally political in nature. It’s almost like Islam, radicalized Islam in a way… radicalized Islam is less about religion than it is about politics. When you look at Reform Judaism, it is more about politics.”

But most mainstream Jewish groups supported the Obama administration’s decision.

—  David Taffet