Shephard Smith, a popular Fox News anchor, lashed out at Trump ally and frequent quest, Joe diGenova, for calling the Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano a “fool.” These comments came while diGenova was on Tucker Carlson’s prime time Wednesday show which was dedicated to Smith’s intense defense of their mutual colleague.
Carlson invited diGenova back on his program Wednesday night and made it clear that diGenova insult of Napolitano caused “quite a firestorm.” He also reminded viewers that diGenova was responding to Napolitano’s assertion that Trump committed a crime with his phone call to the Ukrainian president. Carlson then focused on Smith.
“Apparently our daytime host who hosted Judge Napolitano was watching last night and was outraged by what you said and, quite ironically, called you partisan,” Carlson exclaimed in a rather jovial manner.
Tucker went on to air a clip of Smith not-so-subtly calling out Carlson for letting a “partisan guest” attack Napolitano without being challenged. “Attacking our colleague, who is here to offer legal assessments on our air in our work home, is repugnant,” Smith added.
“Repugnant!” Carlson shouted with some sarcasm. “Not clear if that was you or me, but someone was repugnant!”
The Fox News host played another clip of Napolitano reiterating his view that Trump broke the law by seeking election assistance from a foreign leader. Carlson insisted that “unlike maybe some dayside hosts, I’m not very partisan.”
After accusing Smith of being partisan, Carlson opened the floor for diGenova to continue to rail against Napolitano’s analysis. “I was very truthful last night,” diGenova said.
“So that’s why it doesn’t seem honest to me when a host, any host on any channel, including this one, pretends that the answer is obvious,” Carlson stated. “That there is ironclad consensus about what the answer is when there, in fact, isn’t, when it’s a subjective question. That’s not news, is it? That’s opinion.”
diGenova maintained that he was absolutely right to claim Trump has not committed any crimes and continued to take aim at Napolitano.
“He is entitled to feel that way,” the Trump-supporting lawyer declared. “He is a disappointed office seeker. He didn’t get the seat on the Supreme Court that he desperately wanted and he has been mad about it ever since. He showed it yesterday and he showed it so many times over the last year it’s pretty embarrassing actually for me. You know, I love the guy. God bless him.”
“I do too,” Carlson replied. “We invited him on tonight by the way. It makes people cynical when you dress up news coverage, when you dress up partisanship as news coverage and pretend that your angry political opinions are news. You know, people tune out.”
Credit: Daily Beast