Last week, Fox News host Shepard Smith pressed Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher for suggesting that a vote for Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) would be a vote for the death of Israel. Obviously disgusted by the Republican-endorsed attack, Smith called the claims “frightening.” As a guest on Bill O’Reilly’s show last night, Smith explained that a real journalist “who holds truth dear” has to fight against the “dangerous” lies told during a campaign:
SMITH: And I think that some of this disinformation, some of the lies that show up on the Internet, are dangerous. And those of us who hold truth dear, it’s our job to set the record straight.
O’REILLY: OK, but you work for the FOX News Channel, which is the most unfair channel and is always trying to get the Republicans elected. So you can’t be doing this stuff. You can’t be challenging Joe the plumber and Ralph Nader. [...]
SMITH: That’s Sean Hannity’s job.
When O’Reilly tried to put himself in the same journalistic category as Smith and Brit Hume, Smith clearly didn’t buy it, joking that when he hears criticism of Fox News’ bias he replies, “Are you only watching that O’Reilly cat?”