In the March 2009 issue of Esquire, Tom Junod profiles Fox News’ Shepard Smith in a piece headlined Because They Hate Shepard Smith and Want Him to Fail.
Right up front in the article—a companion piece, of sorts, to the What I’ve Learned feature the magazine did with Mr. Smith in December 2008—we learn that Mr. Smith has “a face made for television, a face seemingly created not just for the cameras but by them, a brand-name face that could be made into a mask and worn on Halloween.”
Citing Mr. Smith’s bosses at the network—Roger Ailes, John Moody, and Sharri Berg—Mr. Junod asks, “Is it fair to say that another distinguishing characteristic of people like Ailes and Moody and Berg and, yes, Shep is that they can also keep a straight face when they insist that ideology has nothing to do with what is reported on news programs like Shep’s 7:00 P.M. Fox Report?”
Mr. Smith certainly thinks so. He tells Mr. Junod:
Last year, The Observer‘s Felix Gillette spoke to Mr. Smith in Ailes Acolyte Shepard Smith’s Super Bowl Sunday!