Fox News' Host Shepard Smith Calls Robin Williams "A Coward"
Fox News host Shepard Smith, unable to feign condolence and ignorant to the issues of mental health and suicide, blemished his network's reputation even more Monday night. In a segment announcing the tragic passing of American treasure Robin Williams due to suicide, Smith shot mindless bile all over the airwaves.
“One of the children he so loved, one of the children grieving tonight,” Smith said. “Because their father killed himself in a fit of depression.”
“It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it?” he continued. “You could love three little things so much, watch them grow, they’re in their mid-20s, and they’re inspiring you, and exciting you, and they fill you up with the kind of joy you could never have known.”
“And yet, something inside you is so horrible or you’re such a coward or whatever the reason that you decide that you have to end it. Robin Williams, at 63, did that today.”
Though "coward" is the last word anyone in mental health would use about someone who's committed suicide due to the country's failure of helping Americans who're afflicted, the Fox News blowhard brandished it like he knew what he was talking about (typical Fox News, right?).
Anyway, after a heavy fallout over his words, Shepard decided to issue an apology.
I was sorry to read online the people who see the world in a black-and-white way, and to suggest that they might have a definitive analysis of why he did such a thing. What I wanted to do is celebrate his life and find some meaning in our own lives, since we often do know someone who is reaching out, and we have a responsibility to help that person — maybe a phone call or a door knock is in order.
But no matter how you process it: Look at what this family is going through. I would never presume to know anything about his private life. And if any of his family members and friends were to have seen me use the word “coward,” I would be horrified. I would just to apologize to the end of the earth to anyone who might think that I meant to openly call him a coward.
To the core of my being, I regret it. It just came out of my mouth. And I’m so sorry. And to anyone and their families who see that, I am sorry.