Shepard Smith’s phone interview with The New York Times London Bureau Chief Steve Erlanger ended abruptly Friday afternoon after the Fox News anchor apparently took offense at a suggestion that the network was not being “careful” enough with its coverage.
When Smith asked his guest about the possibility of a “second Western attack” following Wednesday’s shooting in Paris, Erlanger said, “Well, we need to be careful in the moments after —”
“You don’t have to tell me that,” Smith said, cutting him off.
“That’s, I hope, true,” Erlanger replied, before outlining warnings from British intelligence officials.
Within a couple of minutes, Smith returned to Erlanger’s initial comments, asking him, “On what matter did you think we were not careful?”
“I’m not getting in a fight with you,” the Times reporter replied, apparently taken aback by Smith’s line of questioning. When the anchor continued pressing him, Erlanger said, “I’m sorry, sir, either you’re going to let me talk or you’re not.”
At that point, Smith had his producers hang up on the guest, ending the interview.
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