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Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt Asks if Syrian Military Strikes Could Knock Comey Out of the News Cycle

With excerpts of former FBI Director James Comey’s highly anticipated memoir now making the rounds and ABC News releasing attention-grabbing preview clips of Comey’s primetime interview with George Stephanopolous, the media is completely focused on the ex-FBI chief. Especially now that President Donald Trump is lashing out on Twitter and is sure to react even more in the coming days.

So how can Comey not be at the top of the news cycle? Well, Fox & Friends’ Ainsley Earhardt had some thoughts. And if you ever watched the movie Wag the Dog, they’d sound awfully familiar.

During an interview with Fox News correspondent and Trump pal Geraldo Rivera, Earhardt asked the former talk show host the following question after he openly complained about Comey and all the “tabloid stuff” taking up so much attention.

“If the president, France and the UK decide to strike Syria, don’t you think that story would be a bigger story than Comey’s book that is released on Tuesday?” Earhardt casually tossed out.

Rivera, for his part, didn’t really comment on how deadly military strikes in Syria would bury the Comey story, instead focusing on whether action would be effective and “worth the price.”

Now, one might ask, what is the likeliness that the president saw this segment and might be impacted by it? Considering that there is an obvious Trump-Fox feedback loop with the morning show directly influencing many of the president’s tweets and public remarks, and the president’s need for Executive Time in the morning, we’d say the chances are close to 100%.

I mean, there’s a reason Mediaite named Fox & Friends the most influential in the media in 2017.

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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