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Wisconsin's fiscal crisis, Busting Unions

Shep Smith perfect candidate for Mark Levin’s `Kumbaya Band’

By —— Bio and Archives--February 24, 2011

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imageNothing may get by Greta, but it seems the Wisconsin world slides avalanche-like over Shepard Smith at Fox News.

“Shepard Smith’s conversation today with commentator Juan Williams would likely surprise loyal viewers of both Fox News and MSNBC wrote Mediaite’s savvy Matt Schneider, who concludes Smith’s “Pretending (that) Wisconsin is about a fiscal crisis is “malarkey”.”

Fox News’  attempts at keeping “Fair and Balanced”  at the forefront, sometimes sees it doing pretzel twists to live up to its slogan, at the same time sending some of its most loyal viewers to the rant corner just to shake Shep out of their heads.

“Shep’s repeated assertion that there is no longer a budget crisis in Wisconsin and that the battle in the state is all about politics and union-busting was most shocking because that’s the exact argument many of MSNBC’s commentators have made, and continue to be suggesting.” (Matt Schneider, Feb. 23, 2011).

“Shep suggested that the Democratic party could be in big trouble if their biggest donors, the unions, lose their power and summed it up as “bust the unions—it’s over.”  Furthermore, Shep brought up the facts that the “Koch brothers, among others, were organizing to try to bust labor—it’s what big big business wants to do.”  Given that the Koch brothers contributed to the campaign of Wisconsin Governor Walker, Shep said people should not be surprised that now they want unions busted.  Despite Shep claiming, “I’m not taking a side on this, I’m telling you what’s going on,” Williams warned Shep that “just by telling the facts, you’re angering a lot of people.”

“Oddly, it seems Shep’s unexpected disclosure of facts does give some credence to at least the Koch brothers component of Ed Schultz’s argument that the union showdown is part of a right wing “master plan”.  However, given that Shep adamantly declared “to pretend this is about a fiscal crisis in the state of Wisconsin is malarkey,” it seems like Fox News’ participation in such a “master plan” isn’t what Schultz might have suspected.”

Shep’s musings about big business organizing to try to bust labor—”it’s what big business wants to do”—could be relegated to the conspiracy theory pile.  If Shep were more like Greta, he would have noticed by now that big business—much of it like Government Motors, nationalized by President Obama—long ago hit the Endangered Species list.

Meanwhile, Canada Free Press thinks that Shep Smith, dubbed as “Shemp Smith: Dummy” by talk show radio giant Mark Levin would make the perfect candidate to lead Levin’s recently struck `Kumbaya Band’.

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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh,, Drudge Report,

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