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Opinion: Fox News seems to be drifting left, and that's a bad idea
Shepard Smith
Fox News Channel chief news anchor Shepard Smith appears Jan. 30, 2017, on the set of "Shepard Smith Reporting" in New York. Smith, whose newscast on Fox News Channel seemed increasingly an outlier on a network dominated by supporters of President Trump, resigned from the network earlier this year. He has worked at Fox News Channel since the network started in 1996. - photo by Associated Press

As a longtime conservative viewer of Fox News, I wholeheartedly agree with Shepard Smith’s decision to leave the network. As a fellow Mississippian, I wish him well.

My disappointment with Shepard started when I observed what appeared to be a growing disdain for almost everything Trump. At the same time, Shepard seemed to yearn for a more politically correct and spineless version of the the GOP.

Looking back to 1996, the launch of the Fox Cable News was a godsend for conservatives because it created a Republican-centered alternative to compete with the jabberings of every left-leaning broadcast news organization on the planet.

Lately, though, some of the commentary coming from Fox News is indistinguishable from that which comes from CNN and MSNBC. I hope this is just an anomaly, but if a permanent leftward drift is in the cards, my unsolicited advice to Fox News is as follows: Remain true to the Republican-centered programming that has grown Fox into a powerhouse. To toy with the idea of carrying water for the Democratic Party is not a viable growth strategy because there are several up-and-coming conservative news networks that are working to outfox the Fox.

Claude Diamond

Braselton

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