Video: Shep Smith rips Obama spokesman over public option for eight minutes

posted at 7:05 pm on August 18, 2009 by Allahpundit

If this were anyone else I’d attribute the anger to righteous indignation in the teeth of feeble Obama spin, but given our suspicions about Shep’s political leanings, it’s hard not to detect a little personal pique at the thought of the public option going bye-bye. The highlight: When he accuses Obama of caving on the P.O. to placate Republicans who are afraid of “death panels,” which is an interesting theory given that (a) the two issues have nothing to do with each other (as Burton reminds him) and (b) as the entire country knows only too well at this point, it’s not Republicans who are stalling the bill, it’s Blue Dog Democrats. Cheer up, big guy: Not only have 60 liberals in the House told Sebelius they’re ready to kill any bill without a public option, but the black and Hispanic caucuses are coming around too — which could mean 120 Democratic votes in the balance.

Below Shep’s clip you’ll find something similar from another guy who’s none too pleased to see the dream of socialized medicine disappear.


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Poor Shep sees his Public option slipping away. He’s probably a part timer and Fox isn’t covering his healthcare.

chicagotrauma on August 18, 2009 at 9:29 PM

Shep–the Ole Miss cocktail blend of Geraldo, Perez, Howdy Doody, and Carmen Miranda

Fox needs to switch times for him and Beck

Janos Hunyadi on August 18, 2009 at 9:29 PM

I saw it live and couldn’t believe he was ugly to republicans for killing the bill. He was a joke! Take him off and let him go with olby and that idiot girlfriend of his.

Bambi on August 18, 2009 at 9:33 PM

Jon Leibowitz thinks he’s funny, but his audience doesn’t find Obama humor funny. Without Bush to make fun of, his audience is probably struggling to laugh at his jokes.
Regarding that video of him, I want the three minutes of my life back (thats when I shut it off).

chicagotrauma on August 18, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Shep IS an unqualified jerk. But perhaps he was just razzing the guy for fun because he knows that Obama really Does/Did want a “public option” and he aint gonna get it.

AnthonyK on August 18, 2009 at 9:36 PM

Here’s an idea. How about a National Registry. If you don’t have health insurance, you sign up. If you spend every waking moment wringing your hands worrying about people without, you go and sign some one up on YOUR health insurance.
Everybody WINS!! People get health insurance, and people that are so plainly distressed about it can have piece of mind by actually helping those in need.
I win because I have the knowledge that LibTard asswipes that love to be so caring and compassionate with other people’s money won’t be getting any of mine to waste on another poorly run, government #hithole.
Bonus!!!
BigWyo on August 18, 2009 at 7:31 PM

**
My thoughts exactly! And for those who are so ‘concerned’ and want to help pay for those who DON’T have insurance, as an added bonus – the person paying for others’ insurance can watch those ‘poor’ souls as they blow THEIR money on other ‘essentials’, you know – cell phones, ipods, designer clothing/shoes, video games, high speed internet, cable tv, grocery carts over flowing with junk food, cigs, booze and prime cuts of meat, visits to the gyn/tanning beds/nail salons, and the list goes on and on…

Won’t that be GREAT ‘joy’ for those people watching to see how they helped someone by paying for their health insurance???? LOL!!!

brendy on August 18, 2009 at 9:42 PM

Isn’t Shemp the guy who said, “WE ARE AMERICA! WE DO NOT F-ING TORTURE!!!”?

Well, that was F-ing torture. Must be off his meds.

Jon Stewart…he’s so GD funny I can’t stand it. Really got to watch his show on a regular basis. Real knee-slappers there let me tell ya.

When all else fails, go back to Bush and Iraq…HILARIOUS!!!

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 18, 2009 at 10:03 PM

Shemp’s gotta go!

Laura in Maryland on August 18, 2009 at 10:28 PM

I just have to wonder if Shephead is betting the future of his health on having “free” healthcare. He seems to be personally very, very worried.

Also, Shephead “would lose the votes of Republicans”….er…um….why does Barry need the Republican’s votes? Surely all the Dems are in Barry’s camp, aren’t they? Aren’t they?

Fed45 on August 18, 2009 at 10:30 PM

Sounds like two of my gay friends having a disagreement.

purgatory on August 18, 2009 at 10:30 PM

A major case of the vapors.

viking01 on August 18, 2009 at 10:35 PM

Think what you will about Stewart, he kicked Barry’s ass in that segment. Nice to see, at least in this case, he gave Barry what he deserved.

Fed45 on August 18, 2009 at 10:39 PM

As of tonight, Hannity is going to refer to the so-called “Public Option“, as the “Government Option“, which is what it actually is.

sinsing on August 18, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Wow Shemp must have someone really close to him, like biblically close whom he thinks needs “free care”….

I have to say that at one time Shep appeared to be pretty dead-center or slightly to the right. But his experience during Katrina changed him and his outlook dramatically.
The Opinionator on August 18, 2009 at 8:13 PM

you mean his histriopnics based reporting on non-happenings?

His triple standards as regards proper levels of relief???

Shemp overestimated how long “Katrina Rage” would be a good seller….like Mother Moonbat Sheehan and the Anti-War hypocrits now that Jorge Bush is gone those issues are “minor”

sven10077 on August 18, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Shep is having a Bowney Fwank-like hissy fit — not a little pique — over the apparent dissolution of his dream of socialized medicine.

Poor Shep. His entire career is based on the lie that Fox fans perceive him as a conservative. He jumps over to MSNBC, where he would be so much more comfortable, and his audience drops by 80%, and he’s just another gay liberal with too much eyeliner, spewing liberal opinions on a “news” show.

At least on Fox he can get some laughs.

Jaibones on August 18, 2009 at 11:14 PM

Think what you will about Stewart, he kicked Barry’s ass in that segment. Nice to see, at least in this case, he gave Barry what he deserved.

Fed45 on August 18, 2009 at 10:39 PM

OK. I’ll think that Stewart is a clown-nosed butt-sniffer who can’t decide whether or not he wants to be taken seriously. As Allah so famously disrobed this pansy fraud, it’s “clown-nose on, clown-nose off”.

Attacking Obama from the left only gives him the appearance of existing to the right of someone, which is untrue. Obama is a left-fringe entity. It just happens that he is also an unprincipled egomaniac who would — excuse me — who has sold out his own Grandmother because the price was right.

Stewart is a joke, and he gets no credit for slapping O’Bozo around. It’s too easy.

Jaibones on August 18, 2009 at 11:19 PM

One thing for sure, this Congress is going to try and sneak stuff by. Distraction is now the name of the game.

elclynn on August 18, 2009 at 11:24 PM

OK. I’ll think that Stewart is a clown-nosed butt-sniffer who can’t decide whether or not he wants to be taken seriously. As Allah so famously disrobed this pansy fraud, it’s “clown-nose on, clown-nose off”.

Attacking Obama from the left only gives him the appearance of existing to the right of someone, which is untrue. Obama is a left-fringe entity. It just happens that he is also an unprincipled egomaniac who would — excuse me — who has sold out his own Grandmother because the price was right.

Stewart is a joke, and he gets no credit for slapping O’Bozo around. It’s too easy.

Jaibones on August 18, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Perfect….

BigWyo on August 18, 2009 at 11:57 PM

Bill Burton looks like Pete Sampras’ little brother, but with the Bergermeister Meisterburger puppet mouth. ;-)

cannonball on August 19, 2009 at 12:02 AM

This will only be delicious if we…

Kill.
The.
Bill.

Mojave Mark on August 19, 2009 at 12:21 AM

The Blue Dogs will rescue this bill. As it is, in effect if not in letter. Count on it.

spmat on August 19, 2009 at 12:33 AM

What vid are you people watching?

Thank gawd shep had the gonads to force a answer to Obamas waffling. We need more newspeople to do this.

allrsn on August 19, 2009 at 12:46 AM

I think if public option becomes mandatory, and so do medical records become electronic and available for easy access, the first thing scanned in should be BIRTH CERTIFICATES. /birther

Black Adam on August 19, 2009 at 1:11 AM

Wait until the March on DC 9/12. Maybe they will get a clue what they are up against. As Obiwan would say, “Closer we are to the Mark of the Beast!” – Grandma in Tulsa

doncow on August 19, 2009 at 1:52 AM

Looks to me like the government option ought to be referred to as the “Goldman Sacks” option – how did the competition stack up against them while the government padded their coffers and the others went crash? And they dare call the government option competition.

Don L on August 19, 2009 at 6:48 AM

I do think it’s time for Old Shep to go over to MSDNC, he’s a better fit there than at FOX.

Wills on August 19, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Shep reminded me of John Stewart in that Cramer interview.

Advocate For Change on August 19, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Fox needs to ditch Shep and his low rated show, and move Glen to his slot. I never get to see Glen because he is on too early. I think they know if they get him in prime time though in Shep’s spot, or Gretta’s that their old timers O’Rilley and Hannity would go down to the rise in Glen’s audience.

patriotparty1 on August 19, 2009 at 10:39 AM

It is NOT a “Public Option”, it is a Government Option.

barnone on August 19, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Barney Frank is getting his talking points from Jon Stewart? We could pay for health care with the money we spent on Iraq. What a load.

allstonian on August 19, 2009 at 11:14 AM

While I don’t always agree with Shep I think they should keep him. It helps keep the balance. He’s not so over the top like setewart olby etc. Also like the saying goes keep your friends close but your enemies closer it give us insight into what the other side is thinking.

Freedomforever on August 19, 2009 at 12:13 PM

What’s with the neo-cons (Bill Kristol, John Bolton, Newt Gingrich) playing kissy face with John Stewart? They are in a swoon because a “hip” Leftist, lets them sit on his set for a segment? Pathetic.

wraithby on August 19, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Shep can be irritating, but he gives Fox more credibility by flexing his left-wing from time to time.

jonezee on August 19, 2009 at 2:13 PM

ChickaBOOMer: Smith Press
http://chickaboomer.blogspot.com/2009/08/smith-press.html

StewartIII on August 19, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Too many people have no insurance by choice:


http://sarah-palin-2012.blogspot.com/2009/08/going-bare.html

History Chaser on August 19, 2009 at 11:37 PM

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