Was a rude guest given an early exit?


Fox interview ends after author criticizes network

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.


Two questions, two non-responsive answers, and both of them critical of the host. I would have cut him off too.

The part about the security contractors in Iraq was a red herring – they probably did deserve more attention but that has nothing to do with Libya. And this “small firefight” took place at a US consulate and claimed the life of one of our ambassadors. That meets the criteria for news coverage.

Did Susan Rice lie to the American people? Or did she unknowingly pass along inaccurate information? It’s one or the other, and we have a right to know which one it is.

Is Fox News guilty of hyping some stories and ignoring others? Oh, you betcha! They just happen to be one of the few media outlets that does so in a way that favors Republicans. The rest of the media spent the last year ignoring any story that portrayed Obama in a negative light (Solyndra, Fast & Furious, etc.) and hyping stories critical of Mitt Romney (Bain, Mormon theology, Mitt’s taxes).

Thanks to the First Amendment we can’t force the media to be fair or balanced. We can’t even make them tell the truth. The only option is to allow alternative views to be heard. As Justice Louis Brandeis said, “If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the process of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.”


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61 Responses to Was a rude guest given an early exit?

  1. myiq2xu says:

  2. DeniseVB says:

    I like to apply the Bush rule to these news organizations. Can you imagine if Bush was President during Benghazi, how would MSNBC have covered it?

    That guest was rude and didn’t even have his facts right (a small fire fight?), it’s been long established it was an act of terror. Why would anyone buy his book ? Jerk.

    I only watch Fox for news because they really are balanced though I wish they’d upgrade their “Democratic Strategists” to above Howler Monkey credentials. Joe Trippi and Kirsten Powers are the best ones with believable oppo talking points.

    Last I checked in with MSNBC and CNN I got the feeling if we don’t stop criticizing Obama’s policies we’re going to ruin his Christmas. 😛

  3. catarina says:

    Wow, that was disgusting.

    “Americans are murdered all the time. What’s your issue, racist Fox News wingnut? Because, shut up.”

    Ricks was way too nice.

  4. myiq2xu says:

    Fox News does not have an obligation to let anyone say anything. The network belongs to Rupert Murdoch and he can share it with anyone he pleases.

    Or not.

  5. myiq2xu says:

    Meanwhile:

  6. myiq2xu says:

  7. tommy says:

    Fox is, and always has been, right-leaning. Its just their business model. Its how they make money. But even they are right sometimes. The people need an explanation on the Benghazi debacle. Rice was either lying, or a fool. No two ways bout it. Just come out and admit it already. Our ambassador was assassinated, and we’re still investigating what happened at Benghazi? When are the results of the investigation gonna be revealed? During Joe Bidens 2nd term? And the left is really embarrasing me with their constant defense of this administration. Just be real, lefties, don’t you want to know the truth too? And the chain of events have to be clarified. The left, with their GWBs WMD fiasco, and Abu Ghraib, now suddenly wants to hush up. The unfortunate result is that Fox ends up looking like a unicorn, with the rest of the networks as wolves and hyenas.

  8. angienc says:

    hyping making up stories critical of Mitt Romney (Bain, Mormon theology, Mitt’s taxes).

    FIFY.

    One example: Obama straight up lied — out on the stump & at the 3rd debate — that Romney wanted to “liquidate auto industry” — the entire thing — liquidated. He ran ads in Ohio about it that ended with the actual words “Romney: Not One of Us.” The MSM completely & utterly ignored it — never mind that there is a difference between liquidation & re-organizational bankruptcies; never mind that GM did go through bankruptcy after Obama used taxpayer money to pay off UAW. But what was worse –Romney ran an ad about Chrysler being sold to Fiat & Fiat’s plans to manufacture Jeeps in China– all accurate, but “false” according to the MSM because it “might give the wrong impression” (i.e., the plans for manufacturing Jeeps in China would be for sale in China — as if, btw, we couldn’t import American-made Jeeps to China) and the MSM positively FLOODED THE ZONE with how “disgraceful” and “dishonest” the Romney ad (and by extension, Romney) was.

    But the morons who listen to the MSM don’t give a fuck — as long as Obama is president that is all they care about. He can say whatever he wants, tell lie after baldfaced lie –none of it matters. It really is a cult made up of the corrupt, the stupid & the sociopathic who rely on Obama being in office to validate them & give their pathetic lives meaning.

  9. myiq2xu says:

    Chris Matthews: Romney Ran On Platform Of ‘White Men Of Property’

    • angienc says:

      And Obama ran on a platform of “vote for revenge on the white men of property.”

      • elliesmom says:

        We went to see a political satire group perform last weekend. The comedian playing Obama sang a parody of “If I Were a Rich Man” as “If I Tax the Rich Man”. I was surprised at how biting it was toward Obama. But when the song was over, the middle-aged white guy sitting next to me jumped to his feet and yelled out, “That’s why I voted for you! Go get them!” The audience cheered him. This was a mostly white, mostly older audience, in an elegant theater at Harvard. Who did they think “them” are? Elliesdad and I are still laughing at them. Not the political troop, the audience. BTW, this is an annual event for us, and this was the first time since we started going 20 years ago that “Hillary Clinton” wasn’t a member of the comedy troupe.

      • catarina says:

        Yes, Tingles, and all those “white men” who spoke at the Republican Convention are proof, right?

        Do I have to type the whole freaking list of non white non male speakers again?

        Someone should make a “who’s who of the Repub party”
        brochure with photos of all those smiling women and “people of color” that the Repubs are supposed to hate.

        That would have made a great doorknob hanger pre-election.

        Angie, do you have a line in to Priebus’ suggestion box? 🙂

  10. HELENK says:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/269519-dem-base-fears-obama-sellout

    interesting article maybe all backtrack voters are not sure they did the right thing

    • DandyTiger says:

      What’s there to sell out. Don’t you have to have some opinions or previously have stood for something in order to sell out? An empty suit has nothing to sell, he’s already a puppet owned by someone.

  11. driguana says:

    Watched that last night and it left me with a very queasy, actually very disturbed, feeling. With the exception of Fox, which my “progressive” friends despise and tell me to listen more to NPR and PBS, there is virtually no “alternative” position discussed on ANY issue in the progressive media….dissed, yes, discussed no. I hate to say this but it really is starting to feel a bit like Germany in the 30’s with the media propaganda and the “saviour” leader…a bit scary, I must say. And to all the “progs”, Romney and the right represented the anti-Christ and the hitlerian take over, not the Dems….odd. Nothing is as it appaers.

  12. yttik says:

    It’s kind of ironic, but when people accuse others of politicizing events……they are actually politicizing events. In a normal world, the murder of our ambassador and our Americans would be news requiring investigations and hearings. It really has nothing to do with politics, it’s about a crime being committed. But because we live in crazy upside down world, even discussing Benghazi is perceived as anti-Obama, racist, and Republican. It’s kind of scary because that is what you see in really repressive regimes. Dear Leader is perfect and above reproach before you even know what happened.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Somehow working as a union official causes massive internal brain farts.

    • piper says:

      As a retired teacher I find this disgusting on both the part of the union “leaders” and so called teachers. My experiences with unions, administrators and educators have ranged from working together to benefit all to outlandish / ridiculous demands that really serve no one.

  13. tommy says:

    Honk! driguana

  14. myiq2xu says:

    Guess who’s still obsessed with Glenn Beck?

  15. HELENK says:

    way off topic but my just because for today

    http://www.lucytheelephant.org/?presets=preset5

    I bought myself a Christmas present today.
    a longsleeved shirt ” I am still standing” Lucy

    when I was a kid I used to go to see LUCY. Then when my kids were small i took them to see LUCY.

    read her history and YES SHE MADE IT THROUGH SANDY

  16. HELENK says:

    and in the you can not make this up catagory

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/11/27/naked-libs-storm-boehners-office-to-protest-fiscal-cliff-spending-cuts/

    Isn’t a little chilly in DC about now?????

  17. myiq2xu says:

  18. HELENK says:

    6 senators ask US Justice Department to probe whether California refineries manipulated gasoline prices during recent spikes – @Reuters

  19. HELENK says:

    http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/painting-depicts-obama-as-crucified-christ.html

    all kidding aside, I am getting more and more afraid for my country every day. between this and jamie foxx it is just sick.
    Religion has been under attack, God taken out of the dem platform and then a fight to get God put back in and now this meme.

  20. foxyladi14 says:

    Well I won’t vote for Fluke 🙄

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