Media War

Conservatives Fire Back at Shep

A number of conservative media figures are calling for Fox News anchor Shepard Smith to be fired following his comments Wednesday that a report from the Department of Homeland Security identified far-right conservatives as an increased threat. Discussing Wednesday’s fatal Holocaust Museum shooting by white supremacist James von Brunn, Smith said, “[The DHS] were warning us for a reason.” He went on to talk about the high number of emails he receives concerning President Obama that are “more and more frightening,” a point which conservatives like radio host Rush Limbaugh are hotly debating. “For liberals to now claim that the atmosphere is somehow more violently anti-Obama is simply preposterous,” Limbaugh said today. Meanwhile, conservative blogger Pamela Geller refuted Smith’s assertion that the DHS report targeted unhappy conservatives as a major security threat: “The 89-year-old Nazi von Brunn served in World War II,” she wrote. “Are those the new terror threats? WW2 vets? Scary stupidity.”