It’s safe to say Fox’s Shepard Smith is not pleased about the National Security Agency’s collection of Verizon customers’ phone records and the secretive “PRISM” program that reportedly has its hands in the servers of nine major companies.
While talking with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace about developments in the NSA scandal, Smith repeatedly took jabs at the government’s actions, mocking both the lack of privacy and the excuses made by lawmakers.
“I’ve gotten to where I wrote little notes at the bottom all the time on e-mails I send out, ‘Let’s bring in Eric Holder,'” Smith joked to Wallace. “Now I ought to just pick up the phone and say, ‘What up?'”
Wallace clarified that the NSA Verizon metadata collection does not include the actual content of phone calls, and that, in regards to the the PRISM data collection, the government “reassures” us that no one on domestic soil is having their emails read.
“The funny thing is we’re supposed to hear it and believe it and move on with our day,” Smith mocked. “There’s nothing to see here, keep moving!”
A more cautious Wallace reiterated that while he understands critics’ “distress” about the news, the actions were fully authorized by Congress. “I wouldn’t trade our civil liberties for those of the Chinese,” he added.
“I knew privacy was dead. And now it’s confirmed,” Smith lamented. “Fox News can now confirm there’s no more privacy! It’s over. So, you know, whatever you wear around the bedroom, just figure everybody is looking at you. Ha!”
When Wallace attempted to pivot to teasing his guests for this weekend’s edition of Fox News Sunday, Smith joked: “I can just watch through the phone, though, with the government. I don’t need a TV.”
“You’re in a mood,” Wallace replied before listing off his confirmed guests.
Instead of concluding the segment with a prompt goodbye, Smith then continued to ridicule the government’s snooping efforts with an over-the-top suggestion: “In Cuba, they give you a minder. I wonder when we’re getting minders? That would solve the unemployment problem. Hire a few hundred thousand minders to walk around with us all day!”
“Again, any time you want to trade your freedoms for those of the Chinese, there are millions of Chinese who’d agree with you” Wallace replied.
“I’d like a minder,” Smith said. “And a sherpa.”
“You need a minder today,” Wallace concluded.
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