Going against the script over at Fox News, anchor Shep Smith directly challenged assumptions “The Five” host Eric Bolling and some of his co-host were making on Monday evening while covering the riots in Baltimore, just after the funeral for Freddie Gray.
As Smith was reporting the latest on riots in Baltimore, Bolling wondered where the civil rights leaders were.
“I haven’t heard anything from any civil rights leaders. Have you?” Bolling asked.
Smith responded that he heard from at least one, but “to start picking on people for civil rights and what they’re saying and what they’re not saying, we could spend our time watching this and reporting on it…”
Bolling interrupted, saying it would be “nice timing” for a civil rights leader to make a call for peace.
“Where are the parents?” co-host Greg Gutfeld then chimed in.
“Well, you know, I’ve not been on the phone with them,” Smith said sarcastically. “But if we want to sit here and indict the civil rights community and indict the parents for what we’re watching right now, instead of for now, just covering what happens and then later talk about whose fault it is, because we don’t know whose fault it is.”
“No one’s indicting anyone,” Bolling shot back. “We’re asking the legitimate questions.”
“Bolling, the question was, ‘Where are the parents?'” Smith said. “Surely you don’t expect me to know that.”
Watch the exchange in the video below, via Media Matters: