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Fox News hires controversial Obama State Department spox as contributor

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 08: Acting U.S. State Department spokesperson Marie Harf conducts a daily press briefing at the State Department April 8, 2015 in Washington, DC. Harf spoke on various topics including the Iran nuclear deal. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In what many might consider to be a surprising personnel move, cable giant Fox News has hired controversial former State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf as a contributor to their network. According to a Fox News statement provided to TheBlaze, Harf will make her debut tonight on Martha MacCallum’s program during the 7 p.m. hour.

According to the statement, Harf will reportedly focus on “national security and political analysis” on both the Fox News and Fox Business networks.

The announcement may create some awkward on-screen moments, as Fox News hosts have used Harf as something of a rhetorical punching bag over the years. Fox News’ website still contains an entire section highlighting dozens of videos in which Fox News hosts criticized Harf in sometimes colorful terms.

For instance, Harf was roundly mocked on Fox News for claiming, in February of 2015, that “lack of jobs” was at least in part behind the rise of ISIS. In the face of this criticism, Harf responded by asserting that the reason Fox News hosts criticized her argument was that it was “too nuanced for some.”

A May 2015 episode of the morning program “Fox and Friends” went so far as to dedicate an entire segment to what it called “Marie Harf’s media flubs.”

The financial terms of Harf’s deal were not disclosed.

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