VIdeo: Shep Smith incredulous as State Department opens briefing … by ignoring Ukraine plane crash

posted at 4:35 pm on July 17, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via the Blaze, it’s appropriate for America’s diplomatic arm to be cautious in assigning blame, but this isn’t caution. It’s avoidance, and it’s inexplicable given that Psaki knows it’s the only topic anyone’s interested in. Whatever she has to say about Afghanistan can wait until tomorrow. What could State possibly be thinking?

One of Ace’s commenters thinks it’s a simple matter of the administration being paralyzed as their problems internationally get bigger. Obama doesn’t know what to do or say about Russian separatists shooting down a passenger jet, so he goes on his burger run and gives a 60-second perfunctory statement. If he’s calm and treats it like no big deal, maybe everyone else will treat it like less of a big deal too. Psaki might be making the same move. If the White House isn’t treating this like a crisis, it’s unfair to expect them to do much about it, right? There’s something to that, but I think you’re also seeing in O’s and Psaki’s responses how invested the White House is in pushing its daily “message” to the media, no matter what else is going on in the world. Psaki’s job today was to spin Afghanistan and, darn it, she was going to spin it, no matter how many bodies are scattered across eastern Ukraine. Obama did the same thing in his Delaware speech earlier this afternoon, segueing easily from the crash to babbling about infrastructure spending. They’re in control of the narrative, not the media — or at least they want to be. In reality, Shep and Jennifer Griffin are laughing at them and going back to covering the crash. Baffling, but this is where we are with two and a half years to go.


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I’m surprised that Shep is surprised. Wow, Obama has lost the Shep.

DDay on July 17, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Never. I have relatives and friends like Shemp (but not gay) and the worst they will ever admit about the REB is that “he needs to really hire some better people to represent him”.

He can do no wrong and he is responsible for nothing.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2014 at 5:59 PM

I agree with this. He’s in over his head and simply doesn’t know what to do or say. Optics alone would dictate you’d skip the burger run, at the very least, but he doesn’t know how to to do anything but campaign as this daily ‘messaging’ has indicated.

changer1701 on July 17, 2014 at 5:47 PM

You’re the President of the United States. You acknowledge the problem, folks expect you to fix it.

To run your thoughts out further, I am convinced that the reason why the Fort Hood shooting is being treated as workplace violence is because this administration refuses to deal with the issue of domestic terrorist attacks by the religion of peace. Beyond Fort Hood, there is a whole series of less successful attacks but to fix the problem, you have to acknowledge the problem. That wouldn’t sit well with CAIR or other hate groups intent on the idea that all Muslims in America love this nation.

Happy Nomad on July 17, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Since Obama was announcing the proposed ambassador to Finland… did anyone ask this guy what he thought about what was going on? Because Finland does border Russia, and the Finns just might be getting a bit antsy the way things are going in their neck of the woods.

ajacksonian on July 17, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Since Obama was announcing the proposed ambassador to Finland… did anyone ask this guy what he thought about what was going on? Because Finland does border Russia, and the Finns just might be getting a bit antsy the way things are going in their neck of the woods.

ajacksonian on July 17, 2014 at 6:08 PM

They should first ask the guy if he’s ever even been to Finland.

BacaDog on July 17, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine, July 17, 2014
8m
Editor’s note: Correction: There are still 47 people from the plane that crashed in Ukraine whose nationality has not yet been confirmed, according to a Malaysia Airlines official. We’ve updated an earlier post. – Stephanie
Read more on bigstory.ap.org

canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 6:15 PM

What else do you expect from a retired president? Did you complain about George Bush not issuing a statement? No. So why worry about Obama not reacting either?

Fred 2 on July 17, 2014 at 6:21 PM

I’m not surprised, either. I’m not surprised the clown in the White House decided it was appropriate to give a miniscule mention of a possible terrorist act where Americans were killed, nor is it unusual for him to put burgers and speeches at the top of his list of things to do. He’s the world’s biggest loser, and we’re stuck with him for two more friggin’ years. Voters couldn’t possibly have elected anyone worse than him.

scalleywag on July 17, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Clint Eastwood was scathingly accurate when he pointed to an empty chair and addressed it as Obama.

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Clint Eastwood was scathingly accurate when he pointed to an empty chair and addressed it as Obama.

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Haven’t thought of that in a while. Obama is doing his best to make the analogy true.

Tater Salad on July 17, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Joe Biden On Airline Crash: “Apparently Shot Down. Not An Accident. Blown Out Of The Sky.”

“Apparently..and I say apparently because we don’t have all the details yet I want to be sure of what I say.” posted on July 17, 2014, at 4:56 p.m.canopfor on July 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM

“Like the time I said that Woodrow Wilson went on TV to reassure the public after General Burkhalter ordered the Titanic blown out of the sky, which led to the first world overseas contingency operation. Jill still brings that one up at daily WH beerfests. I laugh along, but I don’t know why.”

Biden wants to be sure what he says. Now that’s funny.

MrKleenexMuscles on July 17, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Ridicule is actually the best way to deal with these fools. One common thread among the self described pseudo intelligentsia is they believe are smarter than the rest us.

Nothing strikes at them like ridicule for not being the brightest bulb in the box.

Tater Salad on July 17, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Just curious, did Jen graduate, or did she go the G.E.D. route?

JusDreamin on July 17, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Incompetence from top to bottom.

StevC on July 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Jennifer Griffin is a terrific reporter. She must want to puke every time she has to cover these lying, disgusting POS’s.

JAM on July 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

You’re the President of the United States. You acknowledge the problem, folks expect you to fix it.

To run your thoughts out further, I am convinced that the reason why the Fort Hood shooting is being treated as workplace violence is because this administration refuses to deal with the issue of domestic terrorist attacks by the religion of peace. Beyond Fort Hood, there is a whole series of less successful attacks but to fix the problem, you have to acknowledge the problem. That wouldn’t sit well with CAIR or other hate groups intent on the idea that all Muslims in America love this nation.

Happy Nomad on July 17, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Heck, they can’t even acknowledge the problem internationally; “man-caused disasters”, anyone?

Midas on July 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Just curious, did Jen graduate, or did she go the G.E.D. route?

JusDreamin on July 17, 2014 at 6:38 PM

During the campaign she was Barry’s closet organizer.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Haven’t thought of that in a while. Obama is doing his best to make the analogy true.

Tater Salad on July 17, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Uh, Tater, it is and has been true for his entire life, and it is NOT going to change.
He is hollow, callous, narcissistic, incompetent and yes, evil.

maryo on July 17, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Incompetence from top to bottom.

StevC on July 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM

The slacker-in-chief’s shit rolls downward. It is not difficult to comprehend the conduct of idiots like Psaki, not to mention the VA, IRS, DOJ, and on and on when their “boss” is just phoning it in now in between vacays, fund raisers burgers, and stand up comic speeches. They have the ‘Precedential’ experience on their resume and will coast for the next two years just like Barry.

Brat on July 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Obama gives crash 40 seconds before telling jokes…

Bmore on July 17, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Beneath contempt.

Midas on July 17, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Biden wants to be sure what he says. Now that’s funny.

MrKleenexMuscles on July 17, 2014 at 6:32 PM

And yet that is more Presidential than what Obama has done.

Bad news when the VP is better at acting like a President than the POTUS… and the VP is SloJo Biden.

ajacksonian on July 17, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Psaki: I don’t care. Obama is awesome.

BobMbx on July 17, 2014 at 7:09 PM

And yet that is more Presidential than what Obama has done.

Bad news when the VP is better at acting like a President than the POTUS… and the VP is SloJo Biden.

ajacksonian on July 17, 2014 at 6:56 PM

I’ve got old shoes that can match Biden.

BobMbx on July 17, 2014 at 7:10 PM

I’ve got old shoes that can match Biden.

BobMbx on July 17, 2014 at 7:10 PM

I’ve got a box of rocks that can beat him.

We would be safer with a box of rocks as President.

ajacksonian on July 17, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Shep leans left so he must really be shocked by such indifference by his hero.

Herb on July 17, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Since Obama was announcing the proposed ambassador to Finland… did anyone ask this guy what he thought about what was going on? Because Finland does border Russia, and the Finns just might be getting a bit antsy the way things are going in their neck of the woods.

ajacksonian on July 17, 2014 at 6:08 PM

The new ambassador, if like most Obama ambassadors, knows a lot more about fund-raising than about international relations.

itsnotaboutme on July 17, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Your wish is my command…

‘Toons of the Day; Have Pen and Phone; Will Babble!

Resist We Much on July 17, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Oops. Wrong thread.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2014 at 7:26 PM

something stinks about this. Right after the plane was reported “shot down” the alphabet news began you call it a crash.

Even now that it is irrefutable that it was shot down the language has a “fudge factor” feel to it.

obama has something up his sleeves. Wag the dog?

davidk on July 17, 2014 at 7:29 PM

The new ambassador, if like most Obama ambassadors, knows a lot more about fund-raising than about international relations.

itsnotaboutme on July 17, 2014 at 7:21 PM

True, that.

Notice all the intrepid journalists that tried to pin the guy down to get an answer?

Complicit media doesn’t even begin to cover this.

ajacksonian on July 17, 2014 at 7:32 PM

23 Americans were killed and these schmucks aren’t the least bit enraged. WTF?!

If Benghazi didn’t open up the eyes of the American public to just how indifferent this president is to anything that may harm his image, I don’t know what will.

How would this look if Obozo had some harsh words for Putin for putting that armament into the hands of the pro-Russian fighters in Ukraine?

I’ve seen it written here before, Carter had bigger balls than this joker! And that is saying quite a lot.

Patriot Vet on July 17, 2014 at 7:38 PM

David Burge @iowahawkblog · 44m

Not as bad a day as 23 Americans, but yeah. RT @blakehounshell Obama’s foreign policy is having a bad day.

davidk on July 17, 2014 at 7:40 PM

‘It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy’: Obama goes AWOL again with just 40-second mention of Malaysian plane crash feared to have killed Americans before his jokey 16-minute transport speech

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2696366/It-looks-like-terrible-tragedy-Obama-briefly-addresses-Malaysian-plane-crash-emerges-23-U-S-passengers-board.html

davidk on July 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Side note. I shot a private party at Shep Smiths residence recently. He is an incredibly gracious, generous, magnanimous, and fun guy to be around. Much respect for him.

blatantblue on July 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Øbama is a man made disaster. The shoot down was terrorism.

Mojave Mark on July 17, 2014 at 7:43 PM

And this is the Obama state dept. No one should be surprised.

blatantblue on July 17, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Jennifer Griffin is a terrific reporter. She must want to puke every time she has to cover these lying, disgusting POS’s.

JAM on July 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Yea, I always look forward to her reports. I guess she’s learned to expect the worst from the WH and the State Dept. I’ll bet on a news day like today the last thing on her mind was to drop by somewhere and have a burger.

scalleywag on July 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

SUSFU…..

crosshugger on July 17, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Side note. I shot a private party at Shep Smiths residence recently. He is an incredibly gracious, generous, magnanimous, and fun guy to be around. Much respect for him.

blatantblue on July 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

I miss that guy! He used to be on during Greta’s spot I think, now he’s on before I get home from work.

scalleywag on July 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

So who accidented this plane out of the sky.

DWoDiego on July 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

They should first ask the guy if he’s ever even been to Finland.

BacaDog on July 17, 2014 at 6:15 PM

This Administration’s litmus test for Ambassador appointments seems to lean more in the direction of whether the prospective appointee is an aficionado of Tom of Finland.

Brendon Carr on July 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Dude! That was, like, 12 hours ago! What difference, at this point, does it make?

jbspry on July 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

So who accidented this plane out of the sky.

It appears to be a terrible man-caused disaster.

jbspry on July 17, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Hey c’mon … what’s more important than the loose bear getting a hamburger?

I wonder if he ever gets pork BBQ.

darwin on July 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Has anyone EVER seen Obama eating pork of ANY KIND? Just throwing that out there.

Meople on July 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Oh, he’s familiar with ‘pulled pork’ IYKWIMAITYD.

partsnlabor on July 17, 2014 at 8:24 PM

You can learn as much from what the trolls don’t post on as much as what they do post.

The fact they’re not near this shows how profane this is. Even they’re not willing to make a comment.

itsspideyman on July 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

I think they should have started off by at least acknowledging the tragedy, and state that they don’t know the facts if that’s the case. But given their track record, they probably do know who did what, but will act like nothing happened. They simply can’t help themselves. Feigned ignorance and lying are the innate reflexes of this administration.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

http://radicalconservativerisso.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-plan-decades-in-makingdavid-risselada.html

It may all seem shallow, incompetent and idiotic but its all part of the plan.
The plan is to convert the entire country to communism by infiltration the country from within.
to do it they attack the military, immigration and education.
Just a little at first then later on as we get closer to the culmination of the plan they attack whole hog.
In the end they come for our guns. That’s when you know the conquest is near.
Good read above.

rodguy911 on July 17, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Baffling, but this is where we are with two and a half years to go.

Not really baffling…zero doesn’t have a stellar role, front and centre.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 17, 2014 at 9:26 PM

#Obamaspetgoat

notropis on July 17, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Come on Fox, replace the guy.
anotherJoe on July 17, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Not my Afternoon Eye Candy! o_O

*sigh* Fox will have to get Bill Hemmer to do double dooty, then…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 17, 2014 at 10:08 PM

How does Shep still have a job? What a buffoon.

Parmenides on July 17, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on July 17, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Lolz. You are awesome.

Parmenides on July 17, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Parmenides on July 17, 2014 at 10:15 PM

forgot /libtard snark tag

Parmenides on July 17, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Dude! That was, like, 12 hours ago! What difference, at this point, does it make?

jbspry on July 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

hahah. Also the man-caused disaster comment was good too.

Parmenides on July 17, 2014 at 10:18 PM

I’m surprised that Shep is surprised. Wow, Obama has lost the Shep.

DDay on July 17, 2014 at 4:44 PM

……not a CHANCE!!!…..Shep’s head is Buried DEEEEP in Obama’s Lap…..where he’s Competing with Bill O’Reilly for “stick time”…..

williamg on July 17, 2014 at 10:38 PM

What else do you expect from a retired president? Did you complain about George Bush not issuing a statement? No. So why worry about Obama not reacting either?

Fred 2

Thread winner!

Ms. Contrarian Scientist on July 17, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Jen psaki is one of the dumbest redheads I’ve ever heard speak in my entire life. She fits right in with this administration.

Diluculo on July 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Shep’s head is Buried DEEEEP in Obama’s Lap…..

williamg on July 17, 2014 at 10:38 PM

It’s where he gets his precious protein shakes.

Diluculo on July 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Clint Eastwood was scathingly accurate when he pointed to an empty chair and addressed it as Obama.

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Thanks for reminding us…I forgot about that, it is so accurate.

right2bright on July 18, 2014 at 6:37 AM

OMG — Is Sheps ratings dropping so low that he will have to actually tell the truth with out his normal left wing slant. What is this world coming to that people are turning off propaganda news from the left wing news mainstream media.

pwb on July 18, 2014 at 8:01 AM

“State Department opens briefing … by ignoring Ukraine plane crash”

That’s how you do it when you’re involved…

Beto Ochoa on July 18, 2014 at 8:07 AM

The trolls are absent so far because they haven’t been told how this can be blamed on Bush yet. I only wish I was joking.

And you know, if this had happened under Bush, they would already be out there blaming him for it. We would already know every single dead American’s name by now, and their families would already have been dragged through the media mud.

“Are you upset with Bush yet???”

runawayyyy on July 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Shep is becoming very hard to watch. Come on Fox, you can do better than this.

rplat on July 18, 2014 at 9:02 AM

This is an example of what Hilary was talking about when she said, “the best and the brightest don’t join the military.” Apparently they don’t join the State Dept either.

deimos on July 18, 2014 at 9:04 AM

This is the 2nd case of Putin using pro-Russian Ukrainian proxies to shoot down a civilian airliner used BUK. Once is coincidence, twice is an affair.

“I will have much more flexibility after the election…”
–BHO to Vlad–

Flashback October 2011: Siberian Airliner Flight 1812

Terp Mole on July 18, 2014 at 9:45 AM

The “government” of this country is directly comparible to the student council of any high school, populated with the “cool kids.”

PJ Emeritus on July 18, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Foggy Bottom won’t even acknowledge the American dead.

“What difference does it make…”
–Cankles–

Terp Mole on July 18, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Even Shep knows Obama deliberately fed our brave SEAL Team 6 heroes to the koranimals in the Extortion 17 shoot down cover-up (to placate Pakistan).

Article of Impeachment are long overdue.

Terp Mole on July 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Oops. Wrong thread.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2014 at 7:26 PM

OMG, RWM has descended into the depths of idiot troll world. Shut HA down now.

Nutstuyu on July 18, 2014 at 10:03 AM

2nd case of Putin using pro-Russian Ukrainian proxies to shoot down a civilian airliner using BUK. Once is coincidence, twice is an affair.

“I will have much more flexibility after the election…”
–BHO to Vlad–

Flashback October 2011: Siberian Airliner Flight 1812

Terp Mole on July 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM

It wasn’t just Shep.

France 24 broke from its regular news sand showed a bit of the briefing – just after it started. The anchor (Mark Owen) was stunned that the plane shoot down was not even mentioned,

corona79 on July 18, 2014 at 10:31 AM

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