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HissyFitWatch: Shepard Smith Calls Time Warner Cable an Anti-American Monopoly

Phillip Dampier March 22, 2012 Competition, Consumer News, HissyFitWatch, Time Warner Cable/Spectrum, Verizon, Video 9 Comments

Shepard Smith has a bone to pick with Time Warner Cable.  (1 minute)

Fox News’ Shepard Smith has the same problem lots of Americans have with telecommunications providers: he hates them.

Smith is angry again

Just a few weeks after slamming AT&T for its creative reinterpretation of the word “unlimited,” Smith is now on the warpath against Time Warner Cable for delivering lousy service to his home in Manhattan.

It all started with Smith’s alienation over reports that Apple iPad users are being advised to switch to Wi-Fi to avoid burning through their 4G mobile broadband data allowances.

“Well I would use that Wi-Fi connection if that Time Warner Cable would get over there and fix it,” Smith responded. “It’s been six weeks, I talked to ten people. They won’t fix it, and […] I’ve about had it.”

“I could scream at Time Warner until the cows come home and make new cows,” Smith added. “And nothing would still happen. Know why? Because it’s Time Warner Cable, that’s why.”

Smith is certain Time Warner Cable has a monopoly on service to his New York neighborhood, primarily because he can’t sign up for Verizon FiOS, which is only slowly becoming available in the New York metropolitan area.

“Look if they let me go and [I can get] FiOS, I’d take the FiOS with a smile and say sayonara; I don’t have that option,” Smith said. “It is a monopoly and it’s un-American and I’m done with them but I can’t get rid of them.”

Currently there are 9 comments on this Article:

  1. Duffin says:

    I find it really funny that this guy keeps harping on this stuff. Doesn’t he know he’s on Fox News and they’re supposed to be all /for/ corporations having monopolies?

    • Earl says:

      He may very well work for Fox News, But it seems to me he is a typical American. Who is fed up with corporate America raping the American consumers. Furthermore, I think the wireless industry may have finally painted themselves into a corner on this one with their data caps. Being as these new 4G ipads he is talking about can burn through your monthly data allowance in a day or so.
      The data caps ARE going to destroy further innovation, because once people find out it cost a fortune to use one they will not be so interested in owning one.

      • I think it’s safe to say everyone hates the cable and phone company on principle. I like the people who work for them — they are always a different story… but the further up the elevator takes you to the executive suites, the less there is to like.

        Smith is, for those who don’t know, a gay Democrat. He’s always been an anomaly on Fox News. He blew up at Sean Hannity during the Katrina debacle in New Orleans when most of Fox’s on air talent was reading Bush Administration talking points “Mayor Nagin… what about the buses?” — Sean H. Nobody brings up anti-gay rhetoric around Smith as he will challenge it. Geraldo Rivera is also often off the Fox reservation.

        Yes, I agree Fox News is not a news network but the right wing equivalent of talk radio with selective reporting. It has been that way a very long time. I honestly don’t get my news from any cable news network because the news was canceled on all of those a long time ago.

        The news sources I trust most are the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, Radio Netherlands, Deutsche Welle, ABC in Australia, and when corporate sponsorship isn’t tainting things, NPR.

  2. Smith6612 says:

    What I also find funny is if you use your own router you can get this stuff fixed in a matter of minutes. No need to rely on Time Warner to deliver their own combination unit which may or may not last very long or perform very well.

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