We spent a very busy news day behind the scenes with Shepard Smith, the Fox News Channel anchor who has been with the company since its inception in 1996. Smith, 53, hosts the networks 3 PM hour, during which he reports from the Fox News Deck, a $10 million dollar, state-of-the-art set and news gathering area. According to Nielsen, Shepard Smith Reporting is, during 2017 so far, the highest-rated cable news program in its time slot, averaging 1.5 million viewers every day. Unlike opinion-driven Fox News shows like Hannity and Justice w/ Judge Jeanine, Smith specializes in reporting the facts, and he calls on Fox News roster of correspondents in the field and in-house reporters to cover breaking news stories, sans opinion. On the day we caught up with Smith, he and his editorial staff feverishly juggled the myriad major stories all contending to be featured during the shows opening segment. We got an inside look at how the show comes together, and we also asked Smith about what makes him unique when compared to other talent at Fox News. We also asked about how he hasnt been afraid to take Trump to task for saying what Smith calls untrue things. Following is a transcript of the video. Shepard Smith: Ive been doing this for 30 years. Ive never been in a news cycle like this where it just – it just keeps coming. We have four lead stories today. They could all be a lead. Al Franken now has – it was 10 senators. Within the last hour, its now 24 senators who are calling for him to resign. Roy Moore – the president has endorsed now three times. And Southern California is burning. John Glenn: The news cycle is on speed these days. Every few hours, theres a new lead, and you can see today, you know, we have 34 minutes to air. Theres a good chance it will change again. I mean, I havent looked at my phone in two minutes, so it might have already changed. Smith: As of right now, we lead with the presidents decision to move the embassy of the United States to Jerusalem in Israel. [Smith has worked for Fox News since it started in 1996] Smith: I was here a year before the channel actually started, so Ive been here 22 years. Everything has changed in our business. When I came here, I had a pager. Now, its just a cacophony of news-noise and an avalanche of information. And learning to deal with it has been the biggest change in my life. Whenever Im not speaking (to reporters), Ill listen to what theyre saying while looking for updates in everything else that were covering. Over time, you just learn to listen and type and read all at the same time, but the main thing is being up to date on whats happening. If you get behind in todays news cycle, you will never catch up. Smith [From February 16, 2017 broadcast]: Continuing coverage of the presidents news conference that happened earlier this afternoon and, you know, its sort of our job to let you know when things are said that arent true. This president keeps telling untrue things, and he does it every single time hes in front of a microphone. Smith [from interview]: If someone were to stand up and say 2 +2 = 6, its beholden on me to correct that, because it isnt 6. Its 4. A lot of our audience is a right wing audience. Theyre a conservative audience. Theyre a traditional audience, but its not as if they dont understand that sometimes the facts arent on your side. There is an enormous audience out there that wont believe that. Those in the far right and far left, because – so often, the facts fly in the face of your own worldview. Sometimes, your side is wrong. Im here to give the facts, and I dont really care what you think. -------------------------------------------------- Follow BI Video on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1oS68Zs Follow BI on Facebook: http://bit.ly/1W9Lk0n Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ -------------------------------------------------- Business Insider is the fastest growing business news site in the US. Our mission: to tell you all you need to know about the big world around you. The BI Video team focuses on technology, strategy and science with an emphasis on unique storytelling and data that appeals to the next generation of leaders – the digital generation.
Behind The Scenes With Fox News Star Shepard Smith