Shepard Smith debuted Fox News’ bizarre and futuristic newsroom this week, complete with 55-inch touchscreen monitors and a 38-foot-long video wall that displays the latest from around the globe and the Twitter-sphere.
But “The Daily Show”s’ Jon Stewart was not impressed with the state-of-the-art news hub and he used his Wednesday show to warn Smith about the dangers he faced from all that gadgetry.
“Shep can’t you see what they’ve done with you?” Stewart asked. “You were too beautiful for their world, so they’re destroying you the only way they know how. They’ve put you in a situation room. Shep you’ve been CNN’d.”
Stewart said that Smith’s new digs, with their massive screens not only bring to mind Wolf Blitzer’s frenetic backdropn, they “look like an Apple Genius Bar had an orgasm spawning the world’s most ridiculously large iPads.
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He noted that nothing all the Tweet decks offered couldn’t be accomplished with phones, paper and pens. So improving the network’s journalistic standards was probably not the major motivation.
“The problem at Fox News has never been its screens,” Stewart said. “Remember Karl Rove’s white board or Glenn Beck‘s chalk board? No one ever looked at those guys and thought they are [bleep] crazy to be using such antiquated technology. They were just [bleep] crazy.”
Stewart had a message for Smith.
“Don’t sell your news soul for bells and whistles my man,” he begged.
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