As Shep Smith was trying to cover the events unfolding during yesterday's riots in Baltimore, the idiots known as Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld, co-hosts of Fox News' 'The Five,' tried to interject their insipid views during the chaos and Shep Smith, who was covering the actual news immediately shut down their idiocy.
As Smith updated the hosts on the turmoil in Baltimore, co-host Eric Bolling asked about the presence of civil rights leaders.
"I haven’t heard anything from any civil rights leaders. Have you?" Bolling asked.
Smith said he'd heard from at least one civil rights leader calling for peace.
"But it seems like in the middle of all of this," Smith said, "to start picking on people for civil rights and what they’re saying and what they’re not saying, we could spend our time watching this and reporting on it—"
Bolling cut in and said it would be "nice timing" for a civil rights leader to call on protesters to remain peaceful.
Co-host Greg Gutfeld later asked, "Where are the parents?"
"Well, you know, I’ve not been on the phone with them," Smith said. "But if we want to sit here and indict the civil rights community and indict the parents for what we’re watching right now, instead of for now, just covering what happens and then later talk about whose fault it is, because we don’t know whose fault it is."
"No one’s indicting anyone," Bolling jumped in to say. "We’re asking the legitimate questions."
"Bolling, the question was, 'Where are the parents?'" Smith said. “Surely you don’t expect me to know that."
Gutfeld replied that he'd asked about a "hypothetical."
"We’ve got a major American city that has decades of turmoil within this neighborhood," Smith said. “Clearly there is a big problem. Then, all of a sudden, an African-American man is taken into a vehicle and he comes out of it and dies."
I wonder how Shep Smith polls with the conservative viewership of Fox News since he often bucks the Roger AIles model in favor of actually trying to report facts.
(h/t Media Matters)