Fox News anchor sorry for 'lack of balance'

Shepard Smith apologizes for report on N.J. governor race

NEW YORK -- Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith apologized for a "lack of balance" following a political report where the Republican candidate for New Jersey governor was interviewed and the Democratic incumbent wasn't.

Fox correspondent Shannon Bream had wrapped up a live interview with GOP candidate Chris Christie on Smith's afternoon news show Tuesday when the anchor asked, "When will you be interviewing Jon Corzine?"

Bream replied that despite "multiple requests," Corzine hadn't made himself available for an interview.

"I didn't know that was about to happen," Smith then said. "My apologies for the lack of balance there. If I had control, it wouldn't have happened."

Fox has been enmeshed in a battle with the Obama administration, which contends the network operates more like a wing of the Republican Party than a balanced news organization. Smith is among the network's straightest shooters and he's angered Fox viewers with some of his stories, including expressions of anger at the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina.

During Smith's second newscast Tuesday evening, a New Jersey report included a Corzine sound bite given to the Fox broadcast network's New York affiliate.
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