Fox News host Shepard Smith is not known as an ideologue. In fact, he’s caused more consternation with Fox viewers than any other host – thanks in large part to his willingness to knock Republicans down a few pegs from time to time. However, Smith is known for being a “news” man. He follows the story and he gets the truth… even when it hurts.
Apparently White House spokesman Josh Earnest didn’t know this about Smith. Well, he knows it now.
During his broadcast Smith asked several pointed and difficult questions of Earnest who chose to obfuscate and ignore the hosts questions. Needless to say, this did not make Smith happy. Here’s how he responded.
“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. 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.”
“I will bet every penny that I ever make at this network.” (that Saudi Arabia and Jordan won’t join Obama’s ISIS coalition)
“That’s a substantial bet,” Earnest responded.
“It is a big bet,” said Smith. “And it’s a good bet, because it’s not gonna happen, and the whole world knows it.”