Did Shepard Smith go too far?

Mediaite notes Shepard Smith’s comments regarding the BP oil spill today. But there was a point that may have caused some to squirm in their seats…

Shep spent a large part of his Studio B show talking about the procedure and trying to gauge what the fallout will be if this latest plan doesn’t work and we have to wait till August for the relief well to be dug: “Will life in the Gulf ever be the same again?”

Said guest David Biello of Scientific American: “It’s hard to say…once the marsh grasses go you’re talking about reshaping the actual, physical coast line cause they’re what are holding the land together. You could see an entirely different coast line in a couple of years.” He also noted that entire generation of shrimp and other aquatic life could be wiped out for years to come.

Said Shep: “This could end up being the story of our generation, couldn’t it? Bigger than the attacks on the World Trade Center, bigger than most anything, if 14 million people live down there and a way of life…it’s just unthinkable.”

Shep is a passionate man but sometimes his passion can get the better of him and this may have been one of those times. I can understand what he was driving at but honestly his choice of analogies came off as tone deaf to me. Whatever damage the oil spill does to the Gulf, its inhabitants, and nature, nothing that will happen can come close to the murder of thousands of people which instigated two wars that are still keeping tens of thousands of our service men and women overseas in dangerous territory and the hardening of a nation that no longer feels as secure as it once did. But that’s how I feel. What do you think? Time for a poll question…


25 Responses to “Did Shepard Smith go too far?”

  1. joeremi Says:

    Wow that was stupid. There’s only one thing that qualifies as “worse than 9/11”. A worse 9/11.

  2. gettingpwned Says:

    it’s a little too early to tell what the effect is going to be. comparing the deaths of 3,000+ people to this is a bit premature and one can see how you might not want to compare the two.

    that said, it’s very possible that this very well could directly affect way more people first hand.

  3. Affecting way more people is one thing. Killing way more people is another thing entirely.

  4. Smith wasn’t comparing one to the other, there wasn’t an analogy, nor any “worse than 9/11” comment. He was saying it’s potentially a bigger news story as far as the long term implications of what’s happening in the Gulf Coast right now.

    I remember how scary it was to live in DC on 9/11, and the years after, the long, difficult process of understanding.. Not to jump on you Spud, but personally I’ve long been weary of people being overly sensitive about references to it.

  5. joeremi Says:

    AlinDC, what he specifically said was that it could be “bigger than the attacks on the World Trade Center..”. That’s an analogy, and it’s a stupid one. Some moments in history are beyond analogy. Nothing is “worse than Hitler”. Nothing is “worse than 9/11”. Period.

  6. Saying one news story could be bigger than another news story is not making a moral judgment on better/worse. Smith has been saying since this thing started that it’s a really big news story that wasn’t being covered enough. (Though it is getting the coverage, now.)

    You keep putting “worse than 9/11” in quotation marks, but it’s not a quote. Nobody said that.

  7. He was saying it’s potentially a bigger news story as far as the long term implications of what’s happening in the Gulf Coast right now.

    Even on those terms the two still will not equate. It could be a big historical event but it won’t stay in the public’s eye as a news event to the degree as 9/11 and what sprung from that have.

  8. joeremi Says:

    Al, you’re picking nits to purposely miss a point you don’t like. You find the protection of 9/11 as a frame of reference annoying, so you argue that Shep’s comparing another story to it is ok. It doesn’t change the fact that he said this story would be “bigger”, which is another way to say “worse”, and I think the majority of Americans would say it’s a borderline sacreligious analogy.

  9. Once the oil gets into the Gulf Stream, will the slime reach the beaches of Cape Hatteras and Nantucket? Will it start washing ashore in BP’s homeland? Has the President ordered FEMA to rent some oil company supertankers so the salt water/oil can be sucked into their holds and separated?

    Yes, this can quickly become an historic event and news story. As a professional, Shep Smith could have made that point without the idiotic analogy. He’s from Mississippi, so I forgive his show of emotion. This time.

  10. joeremi Says:

    I forgive it, too. I may be reacting to the specific topic Spud posted, but I certainly think Shep’s larger point is true. This is a huge disaster, and he has every right to get emotional about it.

  11. missy5537 Says:

    Certainly the attacks (MURDERS) of 9/11 were overt and devastating in the intentional evil that was brought to our country, and there is virtually nothing (except the Holocaust) that couild even come close to that.

    But in lasting impact to the country? I think people have ALREADY forgotten about radical Islam and its desire to destroy us. Nothing could make this more evident than the “Communiity Board”‘s 29 to 1 vote this very week that is in SUPPORT of putting a mosque at the very location of the terrorist attacks, against much outcry from the 9/11 families!

    Can you imagine putting up a tribute to Lee Harvey Oswald on the “grassy knoll” down in Dallas? How would the Kennedys feel about that?

  12. I remember how scary it was to live in DC on 9/11, and the years after, the long, difficult process of understanding.. Not to jump on you Spud, but personally I’ve long been weary of people being overly sensitive about references to it.

    Oh boo hoo. Try living in lower Manhattan on and in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and then get back to us.

    But back to the point, Shep is from Mississippi and gets overwrought when events impact the Gulf, so it’s not a surprise that he said that. Insipid, but not surprising.

  13. If this spill was off Long Island the reaction would be like that on 9/11 and Shep’s comments would seem pale by comparison.
    If the spill were off the coast of Nigeria no one outside of the tree huggers would care and Shep wouldn’t be commenting on it at all.
    It’s all about location.

  14. joeremi Says:

    Oh come on people, this is getting ridiculous. See that world famous skyline with those two gigantic towers? No. They’re not there anymore because they were taken out by a couple of jets full of innocent passengers. The thought of those structures disappearing for any reason was unimaginable, much less the unimaginanable and horrible way it was done. There is no comparison between that and the horrendous, yet imaginable (especially by libs who warned us) mess we have in the Gulf.

    I thought the constant “if it was Bush” alternate-universe theories here were silly, but “if it was Long Island” is insane.

  15. Armageddon must be near, because we agree with Joe.

    Time to put our heads between our knees and kiss our butts goodbye. It’s been nice knowing all (well, most) of you!

  16. mdenis39 Says:

    For a few weeks Shep has been been indignant with righteous rage over this oil spill. This spill is extremely serious and will cost many people their means to earn a living, but let’s keep it in perspective. It’s not the worst oil spill to occur in the Gulf of Mexico. Mexico’s Ixtoc 1 blew up in 1979 and leaked oil for 10 months before it was capped. It was estimated to have spilled over 120 million gallons of crude (3x the high estimate of BP’s spill so far). Mexico’s shrimping industry came back in 2 years, the effects on Texas beaches lasted 2 years – not a generation or even 10 years. We don’t know what the long-term effects will be, let’s look to the past to start to forecast the future. PS – when Texas & the US tried to get Mexico to pay for the damages caused to our coasts, Mexico told them to pound sand, citing “sovereign immunity”.

  17. The naivete of some of these comments are stunning.

    This has every possibility of being an Extinction Life Event. There are fisherman with their lungs filled with fluid from the toxic chemicals. There is mass pollution and we are looking at loss of food supplies, loss of income, loss of tax revenue. Oil rain has already fallen in Florida. A heavy hurricane season is predicted-oil rain can wipe out huge crops.

    Imagine a diaspora of millions of people from the Coast due to air and water pollution.

  18. There’s no debate that the oil contamination is a very bad thing, but “extinction event” may be over the top. If there was oil rain in Florida then there must also have been a tornado. And a heavy hurricane season is also argued as one of the fastest ways for nature to get a good start on the clean-up. Whatever, it will be bad for some time to come.

    Recent reports appear to indicate that cost-cutting short cuts were taken by BP and warning signs were ignored. Federal regulatory oversight was virtually non-existent and requirements to have disaster plans in-place before this rig was green-lighted were recently waived. That’s the really sad part of this mess – it was preventable.

    Today, for the first time, I heard President Obama begin to throw out the side arguments such as blaming his predecessor and admit personal culpability on an issue. “My job is to get this fixed…. I take responsibility. It is my job to make sure that everything is done.”

    Thank you, Mr. President. I also note the surprisingly sudden semi-approval of Gov. Jindal’s berm plan. As a physician I understand that sometimes there isn’t time for a proper method evaluation and the thing to do – right or wrong- is to just make a damn decision. and get it done.

  19. joeremi Says:

    -Extinction Life Event-

    Ooh, somebody’s been watching Deep Impact.

  20. joeremi Says:

    765 votes. Wouldn’t it be nice if some of them would comment? We’ve lost a lot more people than we’ve gained here recently. Kinda sucks.

  21. laura l Says:

    ^ Where’s LibertyandJustice? Bigred? Elmonica, even? Come on, people, we’re getting bored with ourselves!

  22. “Critics have been attacking the MMS over accusations that workers were way too cozy with the oil industry and didn’t do enough to supervise the drilling. And, in fact, just days ago we learned some MMS staffers were in bed with the oil companies – not metaphorically. They were actually having sex with oil company workers.”

    – Shep Smith, Fox Report

  23. laura l Says:

    Shows a different angle on getting screwed by the government, eh?

  24. ^ True. Getting screwed by the government doesn’t usually come with kisses.

  25. […] Now Cavuto’s segment concerned things President Obama said regarding the spill and 9/11. But you gotta wonder if buried in there was also a rebuke of Shepard Smith’s comparison of the spill to 9/11… […]

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