Shep & Neil hung up on guests who dared mention European church attacks


Prior to yesterday’s tragic fire in Notre Dame, there have been numerous attacks on churches in Europe daily. By all accounts, the Notre Dame fire was started by accident. That is how police are investigating it.

Early speculation is never good when it comes to arson in a case like this because if someone deliberately set it, the backlash would be furious. However, for TV anchors to avoid it when they speculate about everything else all the time seems unnecessarily rude. The anti-Trumpers Shep and Neil would not allow anyone to mention it.

PC Shep Smith and Neil Cavuto don’t trust us to handle such a discussion rationally. They hung up on everyone who mentioned the assaults on churches and prelates.


Smith banned all talk of any possibilities other than a construction-related accident. He ended a call with a French media analyst, Phillipe Karsenty when he said that the fire may not have been an accident as initially reported.

“Everybody’s really under shock now in France,” Karsenty reported. “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.

“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.”

A huffy Shep shut him down and when Karsenty said he just wanted people to be ready in case, Shep said, “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…”

Shep cut his mic and he was gone.


I was listening to Neil when he grew defensive and virtue signaled with the Catholic League President Bill Donahue. It was a bit abrupt and unnecessary.

“Well, Neil, if it is an accident, it’s a monumental tragedy,” Donahue said. “But forgive me for being suspicious. Just last month, a 17th-century church was set on fire in Paris. We’ve seen tabernacles knocked down, crosses have been torn down, statues …”

At this point, Cavuto jumped in saying, “We don’t know that. So if we can avoid what your suspicions might be. I do want to look at what happened now. A very pricey rebuilding and renovation effort going on that involved a good deal of Catholic fundraising campaign I know in this country and abroad. This renovation was paid for up front. So, in other words, all the monies were there. Now I’m wondering how much more the Catholic Church commits to this or do you think they now first want to get to the bottom of it?”

Donahue quickly skimmed Neil’s new topic, saying, “First, they have to get to the bottom of it and they will rebuild it. There’s no question about that. They certainly, the Catholic Church will come up for the money for it, that’s not even a question. I’m sorry. When I find out that the Eucharist is being destroyed and excrement is being smeared on crosses …”

Neil hung up on him. Later, he said he didn’t mean to be “rude” but he didn’t want that kind of speculation.

They gave a lot of fodder to the meanies on Twitter who congratulated the two for cutting off the “conspiracy theorists,” thus embarrassing the two guests again.


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Darold B
Darold B
4 years ago

At the end of the day the ones that you suspected of being guilty will prove to be the ones guilty and 100% responsible, and that will be no surprise to the European and North American communities.

herbert r richmond
herbert r richmond
4 years ago

They bend over backwards to avoid any mention of Muslim involvement in this situation.

4 years ago

All I can say it’s rather odd no construction work was going on and the building was closed.

Darold B
Darold B
4 years ago
Reply to  Greg

That info came out minutes after the fire was discovered. The smell is overwhelmingly bad