01/15/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Shep Smith: "I Hate The Hate" In American Politics

Oxford is home. And New York is home, too. I feel like if you were here on 9/11, this is home.

My mother could find good in every bad thing we ever did.

I was watching Elvis's funeral on Channel 5 in Memphis. They had a live camera for the first time locally that I ever knew of. I was fascinated as a thirteen-year-old by the fact that they could do live broadcasts from Memphis that I could see at the same time they were happening--in my house.

The way we elect a president is--it's like nothing in the world, it's spectacular. But I hate the hate. I can't take it.

I didn't decide Joe the Plumber was going to go on a tour for John McCain. They decided it. And once they made that decision, then it is my belief as a journalist that he deserves, now, more scrutiny. And one of my senior writers came over to where I sit and said, "Joe the Plumber just agreed with a guy that a vote for Barack Obama is a vote for the death of Israel." Okay, he needs to be asked why he believes this. Well, he came on and he said it was up to our viewers to find out why it was that he would say such a thing. When a man representing the GOP says what he said and doesn't know why he said it, or, if he does, won't let us know, and then tells our audience to go troll the Internet for reasons he might think that, I don't think it's the job of a journalist to further that line of thinking.

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