Fox Interview Ends After Author Criticizes Network

NEW YORK (AP) — A Fox News Channel interview ended abruptly Monday after an author accused the network of hyping the killing of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and “operating as a wing of the Republican Party.”

The charges were made by Thomas Ricks, a veteran newspaper reporter and author of “The Generals,” who was brought on for an interview with anchor Jon Scott about GOP criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s comments about the attacks.

Ricks said he thought the story of the Benghazi attacks was “hyped, by this network especially.”

Scott asked why Ricks would call it hype when four Americans were killed, including the first U.S. ambassador in more than 30 years.

Ricks responded that few people knew how many U.S. security contractors were killed in Iraq and compared that to the attention paid to “what was essentially a small firefight” in Libya.

“I think that the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox was operating as a wing of the Republican Party,” Ricks said.


With that, Scott thanked him and turned to a co-anchor, who introduced a commercial.

“When Mr. Ricks ignored the anchor’s question, it became clear that his goal was to bring attention to himself and his book,” Fox News executive Michael Clemente said.

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Matthew Castonguay says:

November 27, 2012 at 9:03 am

Why is this a news story? AP bias, perhaps?

Matthew Castonguay says:

November 27, 2012 at 11:39 am

Or vendetta, perhaps. Either way, extremely unprofessional. We’re getting used to these types of inter-company digs from the likes of the NYTimes, or Fox News/MSNBC back and forth etc, but from a “news cooperative”?

E B says:

November 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Are you nuts? It’s a news story because Fox “News” pulled the plug on a guest who dared to depart from the Fox corporate line.

Remember the 1960s, when Kremlin news was attributed to “the semi-offcicial news agency TASS?”

Fox is the semi-official news agency of what’s left of the Republican party.

Blaming the messenger didn’t work when Ancient Rome was losing battles, and the sour grapes from Losers here won’t change the truth.

E B says:

November 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Look at the tape and tell me the guest ignored the anchor’s questions: He answered them with a little too much truth for Fox to swallow.

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