The Fox News War "Expert"
Highly decorated retired Lt. Col. Jay Cafasso worked as an expert consultant for Fox News during their coverage of the invasion of Afghanistan. And who better to help Fox producers navigate the byzantine insider world of the U.S. military than a man who had served in Vietnam and was honored with the Silver Star for bravery? Cafasso's resume didn't end with the war in Vietnam, either -- in 1980, he was part of "Operation Eagle Claw," the failed secret mission to rescue U.S. hostages in Iran. So he was a member of some losing teams, but you probably can't blame him for that. The point was the man knew war and counter-terrorism first-hand.
The only thing he feared was a toothbrush.
Unfortunately, he was also a bit of a know-it-all dick and his demeanor began to wear on the nerves of some staff members. The Washington bureau chief for Fox News, Kim Hume, finally decided to let him go. Still, his employers held him in high regard -- in an email message to the staff, Hume wrote that Fox's "military and counter-terrorism consultant," Mr. Cafasso, "made crucial contributions to our coverage of the war on terror" and helped take "Fox's war coverage to the next level."
Brit and Kim Hume play a friendly game of Dueling Strokes for the camera.
Cafasso had been let go due to his brusque personality, but what the news hounds at Fox failed to uncover was that Cafasso was a complete fraud.
His only military experience had been 44 days of boot camp in 1976, after which he had been discharged -- presumably for being a dick.
He also claimed he was The Rock, but he totally wasn't.