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Josh Earnest’s First Fox News Appearance Was Also Probably His Last

While Congress was busy voting to approve President Obama’s request to train and arm the so-called “moderate opposition” in Syria, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was dispatched to spin for the Commander-in-Cheese. For reasons beyond me, he actually agreed to do a television hit on Fox News to spin for the president, presumably because he thought there’s nothing a Fox viewer loves more than giving weapons to people we don’t really know.

But the mild-mannered Earnest was probably a bit taken aback to be receiving the line of questioning he got from Shep Smith.

When the Bush administration was doing this, these questions were asked from this desk. And now that you are doing it, these are fair questions that deserve answers,” said an agitated Shep. “We have a coalition of the Muslim world? I don’t see it. No one from Saudi Arabia, no one from Jordan — it has its own problems, Turkey has its own problems. We are not getting help from any of those nations, and to suggest that these people, with great respect, from Syria, who are not organized, and the Pentagon says it will take a year to train, and the Iraqi army, which has already folded and given away the weapons, are going to come together and fight ISIL for us and with us seems like, as the president once put it, something of a fantasy.”

After a tiresome explanation from Earnest and an insistence that Obama’s grand coalition will be effective, the Fox host had simply had enough. “There will be no commitment from [Saudi Arabia and Jordan]. On this, I will bet every penny I will ever make at this network,” proclaimed Smith.

That’s a substantial bet,” responded the Press Secretary.

It is a big bet,” shot back Shep. “And it’s a good bet, because it’s not gonna happen, and the whole world knows it.”

Oh snap! And Shepard didn’t even bother to mention how Iran is laughing at Obama’s coalition.

I hope the White House pays Josh Earnest well — and I know they do — because he has just become the unfortunate door-to-door salesman of skunk-flavored pie.


Matt Fox

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Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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