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“She has such an incredible reach, footprint and following, so it’s difficult to lose somebody with her skills and abilities,” said Vos. “We’ll all really miss her.”
Smith says she has always sought to be balanced and to provide the best information available from as many perspectives as possible.
“Unfortunately over the last few years far too many topics have become unchallengeable and the mob of political correctness thinks nothing of destroying a person’s career and reputation over some perceived slight, real or imagined. I’ve found that as a result there are many topics I simply choose not to cover anymore,” admitted Smith, who announced her retirement, not surprisingly, on her radio program.
“You rely on me to seek the truth and to give you my honest opinion. In this hyper-sensitive social media environment I don’t believe I can do that anymore. So it’s time for me to go.”
During our interview, Smith admitted she has been having troubles sleeping for the past year. She’d replay her show over in her head, wondering if someone will take offence to a question she posed, a guest that was on her show, or a comment she made; she’d wonder if a mob was going to come after her and destroy her reputation.
On air, she said that virtually every day she receives vicious emails, often copying her boss and her colleagues. It made her think of the “lake of fire” pressure she endured when during the 2012 provincial election one of her Wildrose candidates, Allan Hunsperger, had made controversial comments during a sermon. She initially refused to throw him under the bus and instead ended up, as she said, “throwing her entire party under the bus” as a result.