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Fox News anchor talks about ‘intolerance day’

The daytime hours on Fox News — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — are supposed to bring us objective news coverage. Yet today at 3:24 p.m., there was Shepard Smith, again (apparently) preaching support for gay marriage. Here are his words:

It’s National Badminton Day. Let’s forget National Day of Intolerance. Let’s just stay with badminton.

That reference to intolerance, we’re guessing, circles back to the words of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who declared today national “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” The idea is to support the chain and its owners, who’ve been vocal in their opposition to gay marriage. That would put Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day at odds with Smith himself, who earlier this year applauded President Obama’s announcement of support for gay marriage. “The president of the United States, now in the 21st century,” he said.

That Fox lets its people spout off says something positive about the network. Bob Beckel of “The Five,” after all, yesterday hammered his people for showing footage of what he deems deceptive cuts of Obama’s “you didn’t build that” remarks. “Once again, we put something on the air that’s a flat-out lie and distortion,” he said, right on the set.

But a key thing: Beckel said that at 5:21 p.m. — opinion time on the network!

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.

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