Shepard Smith, a longtime anchor on the Fox News Channel, recently decried professional wrestling as “fake,” apparently oblivious to the irony of his stance.
As part of a three-part expose on the “seedy deception of professional wrestling,” Smith asserted that wrestling presents a “twisted view of reality” that “doesn’t reflect how the real world works.”
Smith, a veteran of Fox News since its launch in 2006, also said — somehow with a straight face — that professional wrestling “presents oversimplified, black-and-white storylines for an audience of dimwitted rednecks.”
For the duration of his wrestling expose — which was preceded by a segment about teen breast implants, and followed by a panel discussion blaming the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack on President Barack Obama — Smith appeared unaware of the blatant hypocrisy.
While criticizing wrestling’s fakery and low-brow storytelling, he failed to mention his own channel’s well-documented history of right-wing spin, dumbing-down of issues, latent xenophobia, and factual misrepresentation.
Smith also criticized World Wrestling Entertainment for objectifying women with its Divas division. Moments later, a bleached-blonde Fox News reporter with plastic bosoms struggled to read a teleprompter during a report on UFOs.