Fox News host Sean Hannity hit back at network colleague Shepard Smith on Friday after the latter criticized Fox News' opinion programing in a recent interview.
What did Smith say?
During an interview with Time magazine, Smith commented on the differences between Fox News's hard-news side, which Smith is a part of, and the network's opinion programming, which Hannity is a part of. The opinion programming also dominates Fox's primetime lineup.
"We serve different masters. We work for different reporting chains, we have different rules," Smith said. "They don’t really have rules on the opinion side. They can say whatever they want. If it’s their opinion. I don’t really watch a lot of opinion programming. I’m busy."
Smith later said the opinion programming is meant to be "entertaining."
"I get it that some of our opinion programming is there strictly to be entertaining. I get that. I don’t work there. I wouldn’t work there. I don’t want to sit around and yell at each other and talk about your philosophy and my philosophy. That sounds horrible to me," he said.
The wide-ranging interview caught the attention of many in the media, including Hannity, who wasn't too thrilled with Smith's comments.
How did Hannity respond?
In a tweet Friday afternoon, the conservative TV and radio host said Smith is a personal friend, but said he is "clueless" about Fox's opinion programing.
In fact, Hannity defended his show, saying what he does at 9 p.m. EST each weekday is "REAL NEWS."
Did any other Fox hosts react?
Laura Ingraham, who hosts an opinion news show each weekday directly following Hannity, called Smith's comments "inconsiderate & inaccurate."
Always liked Shep, but his comments were inconsiderate & inaccurate. The hard working team at the Ingraham Angle d… https://t.co/QOx8eu4eLL— Laura Ingraham (@Laura Ingraham) 1521221127.0