March 16, 2009

Ali Frick at Think Progress put together a hilarious video of Fox News' Shepard Smith mocking Glenn Beck throughout the day Friday, in the run-up to Beck's big "You Are Not Alone" weepfest. It seems we're not the only ones who think the guy is a joke.

But then Chris Wallace came on and chastised Smith for not toeing the Fox company line:

SMITH: Do you even understand this Glenn Beck Friday? Because I really don’t.

WALLACE: Well, I do, and what pains me — and you know, Shep, how highly I respect you — is you seem upset by Glenn Beck Friday.

SMITH: Upset?!

WALLACE: I mean, Glenn is a meteor here at Fox News–

SMITH: He is the greatest star of all time!

WALLACE: And you should be happy for his success–

SMITH: I am here to worship him.

WALLACE: –and you seem to be begrudging — you’re begrudging him his success. ...

WALLACE: I for one am on the Glenn Beck bandwagon and I advise you to join it as well.

Jawohl, Herr Kommandant!

As Ellen at Newshounds observes, Smith isn't the only Fox anchor to look askance at Beck; last week, Neil Cavuto called him out on his fearmongering as well.

Still, I think it's a safe bet that Chris Wallace is being the voice of Fox News management when he "advises" Smith to get on the bandwagon -- he didn't need to say "if you know what's good for you" to imply it. Either Smith is going to be crawling through broken glass to beg Beck's forgiveness or we may have to start up a Shepard Smith Pink Slip Watch -- to go alongside the Michael Steele Ouster Watch.

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