Shepard Smith was born and raised in Mississippi. But as one of the signature journalistic faces of Fox News — along with Chris Wallace — he’s spent the better part of the past two decades based in New York City.
Smith’s bond with the Big Apple was on full display Wednesday in an emotional tribute to the city following Tuesday’s terrorist attack.
The Fox News anchor blew right past his musical cue to wrap up the segment, and spoke glowingly about what he observed Tuesday night in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village — the site of a major Halloween parade.
I was walking home late last night after work. Late. Every bar was full, every street was packed. Police were in the streets everywhere. Barricades and sand trucks and people were shaking cops’ hands and saying ‘Thank you so much. Thank you for being here.’ Cops were saying, ‘And thank you for being here.’
Thanks for coming out and being a part of our community. Thank you for doing what our leaders have said from Washington down to New York: Stay strong. Do what you do. Be New Yorkers. Don’t change your way. That’s what they want.
Eventually, they faded out on the music. And Smith brought his monologue to a powerful close as he spoke about Wednesday morning in the big city.
“Buses were loading. People were getting on to subway stations. Sixth avenue was a mess,” Smith said. “But New York City was strong, and solid, and impressive.
“This city does not bend. Not to anyone.”
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