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I'm Howard Kurtz is gonna join us live from Washington DC and he's getting up on the live chat for the first time well what -- heard.
It's nice to -- Carol.
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And we love that Howard first of all your thoughts about where we are and our journey with Syria right now.
Well I hit it the only folks I think this is good for people who television business because it's become quite.
A daily soap opera as we win rather dramatically as you put -- Harris.
From what seemed like being hours away from launching military airstrikes against Syria.
To President Obama saying he's going to go to congress.
To John -- John Kerry going to -- impassioned speech doing all fly.
Sunday talk shows and testifying on the hill it's a low right now and in terms of the coverage.
Which is an organized specializing that was gonna talk about what -- show debuts on Sunday morning did you just plug -- government it's how why all okay.
It -- didn't he didn't present a United States cannot catch a break from anybody now conservative commentators liberal commentators people who want to go to war with Syria people who don't want any part.
All the military intervention in Syria all criticizing his handling of this.
All right here we got to the big flag it is called the media buzz fox news media analyst and host is his title here at Fox News Channel.
Howard Kurtz first of all how the media do you think have a look at that -- tell you they love you.
-- bigger studio with mirrors -- understands I'm making that part out.
It's looking good now look at this beautiful what we would call the business a full screen which is fancy for an image of words around it.
-- you look so pretty anyway Q let's talk a little bit about how you think the media are handling the coverage of -- so far.
I think -- -- reporting site Harris you have the very long and dark shadow of Iraq so.
Everybody in the business admits that the media's performance back in 20022003.
When George W.
Bush was talking about Saddam Hussein's nonexistent as it turns -- weapons of mass destruction.
Was seriously flawed so I think you're seeing more skepticism in the coverage.
As the administration proven its claims about a -- -- weapons.
Then you might have seen because of -- we went through ten years ago on the commentary everything inside it just seems usually you have a kind of a partisan split.
So with a democratic president you don't want liberal commentators -- your leisure people on the right.
Being more critical here it seems that whether you're -- -- left right or center there's all almost unrelenting sense of criticism of the president.
Not so much -- what he's going to do or not do these are deserted but for the optics handling of it the abrupt switch.
And sending mixed messages about.
Air strikes could accomplish whether or not we might be sucked into a ground war.
This story is a model and and that's reflected in the politics of it.
Where you have one Democrats who don't want to jump on board even though they feel like they should support the president their party and you have a number of Republicans who.
Don't particularly like Barack Obama -- feel like they do you have to get behind.
This -- yeah I that's exactly what we saw kind of pop up in a news conference that went on I was hosting.
-- -- our -- studio B on Monday and for Shepard Smith.
And we thought -- -- you know if anybody comes to the microphone outside of meeting.
The president in the White House and I think maybe two or three minutes Harris 33 minutes later.
We -- listening to senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain talk about -- first -- isn't -- spanking for the president.
About how this has been handled over the last 26 months -- -- And then -- was talk about how far we really need to go and getting behind a few things that the president's doing one.
Consulting congress but he better do it fast because they don't want the timetable that were being shown now because they think it's like the way.
The top Republican senators ahead.
And that pop up news conference and -- the other thing.
They came out that was well we really do have to take military action and this is what it should look like and we liked the fact that the president.
Is moving toward perhaps broadening out the scope of things that the president Howard has simply -- our objective would be to punish this regime.
For what we feel -- credible evidence that -- try to annihilate so many people with the use of Sarin gas was.
The specificity that war.
So you know my big question would be at this point.
Where are the negotiations because neither senator felt sure that congress -- back this president does he go alone again we'll quickly and then.
We'll let you get on the -- cap.
Okay well I agency -- John McCain he's so good my foxnews.com.
Call this morning because he has had a rocky relationship with the man who defeated in 2008 and yet.
Barack Obama really needs -- right now McCain seemed like he signed up yesterday -- he doesn't like the wording of the resolution.
I think that this is going to be hashed out for days with some attempt to cobble together a Coalition of the Willing so to speak Democrats welcome president Republicans -- feel like.
Like John -- -- the -- president in this one but it's going to be a hard slog and I'm not.
A 100% sure at this point -- about looking at the votes.
All right you mentioned and I've got that article in front of me actually.
Howard Kurtz if you go to our opinion section you can click and find it.
John McCain who was -- calling his wing man.
Lindsey Graham a look we can put that up to let's say they let you power.
You say that this is that all over television since this Syria crisis reached a fever pitch this combo of McCain and Lindsey Graham real quickly -- -- your thoughts.
Well you know they are through the biggest hawks in the senate their problem is they don't think Obama is going to do enough they don't want a couple of paid prior military strikes they want to seriously degrade -- -- military machine and so the president needs to satisfy that he can't lose McCain and Lindsey Graham on this one.
The same time he has to -- show that he is not.
Bringing the United States into a -- long drawn out Iraq like military entanglement -- you lose many people on the democratic side.
All right -- why you want to live chat they've already right now good.
By the way Billy -- and -- -- Howard Kurtz is it true that you once beaten Vladimir Putin in an arm wrestling contests.
I was will be -- to -- that never got some pretty.
And I miss hall it's gonna be a good Wednesday -- think that I have are we'll talk with you again in a few minutes did you -- -- November.
I heard it stood in case you hit yeah well there -- -- -- here thanks Howard a table.
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