Fox News anchor Shep Smith completely shuts down and ends the phone call from a French media analyst when he began to speculate terrorists might be responsible for the terrible fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral that broke out on Monday.
Philippe Karsenty, who has previously been convicted of defamation, joined the Fox News coverage of the tragic event and tried to offer his opinion that the fire may not have been an accident like it’s been reported so far in the media. Reuters Paris bureau chief Luke Baker tweeted that the fire, “started by accident and is related to ongoing work, according to France 2, citing police.”
“Everybody’s really under shock now in France. I would tell you something. Even if nobody died, it’s like a 9/11, it’s a French 9/11. It’s a big shock. This church was there for more than 850 years. Even the Nazis didn’t dare to destroy it,” Karsenty said.
“You need to know that for the past years, we’ve had churches desecrated each and every week in France, all over France. So, of course, you will hear the story of the politically correct — the political correctness which will tell you it’s probably an accident.”
Smith interrupted him, saying, “Sir, sir, sir, we’re not going to speculate here of the cause of something that which we don’t know. If you have observations or you know something, we would love to hear it.”
“I’m just telling you something, what we need to be ready,” Karsenty responded.
Then Fox News anchor Shep Smith cut him off and went into a diatribe about why he would not allow a guest to speculate on his show.
“No, sir, we’re not doing that here, not now, not on my watch. Philippe Karsenty, it’s very good for you to be here. We’re watching the at least partial destruction of a world icon, Notre Dame Cathedral has been burning for 2.5 hours. The initial reports we got were that the fire started in a construction zone in the rear.”
“We are thousands of miles away. And the man on the phone with us has absolutely no information of any kind about the origin of this fire and neither do I. And the fire investigators will at some point come to a determination about what caused this and conspiracy theories about anything are worthless and in many cases counter productive and injurious to society. And those who entertain them are not acting in the best interests of the people of this planet.” said Smith.
President Trump responded to the terrible news of the fire on Twitter earlier on Monday, saying, “So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.” He urged those battling the blaze to “act quickly,” suggesting the use of airborne water tankers.