By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated April 24, 2009 at 07:14 PM EDT

I would not describe myself, all things considered, as a huge fan of Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith. Credit where credit is due, though: When a couple of his colleagues tried to hem and haw and generally dodge the reality of the Bush Administration’s recently disclosed torture memos earlier this week, Shep let ’em have it. “We are America,” he reminded them, his voice rising as he prepared to hit those two with an obscenity-laced dose of truth. “I don’t give a rat’s ass if it helps! WE ARE AMERICA! We do NOT f—ing torture!” Check it out, below (NSFW language, clearly).

Damn right. The freakout seems to have occurred on a Fox News webcast, not an actual TV show, which is too bad. As far as I’m concerned, Fox ought to encourage Shep Smith to express his real feelings this way as often as possible on television, though I supposed he’d have to tone down the profanity. Whether you agree with him or not, I think Fox News could only benefit from letting its anchors challenge each other a little more often instead of always mindlessly repeating the party line. Or do you disagree?