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Fox News kills interview after getting called out on their love affair with the GOP

11:45 pm - 11/26/2012
A Fox News interview ended rather abruptly on Monday after a guest took not one but two jabs at the network hosting him (see update below).

Co-anchor Jon Scott interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Thomas Ricks, who has covered the military for decades, about his new book "The Generals." Scott asked Ricks weigh in on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and Sen. John McCain's criticisms of Amb. Susan Rice.

"I think Benghazi was generally hyped by this network especially," Ricks said. He added that he thought McCain seemed to be "backing off" from criticizing Rice since "the campaign [was] over."

"When you have four people dead for the first time in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?" Scott said, pushing back against Ricks' characterization of the network's coverage.

Ricks compared the situation to security contractors who were killed in Iraq. He described the attack in Benghazi as a "small fire-fight" and added, "I think the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox is operating as the wing of the Republican Party."

At that point, Scott thanked Ricks for his time and ended the interview after about 90 seconds.

UPDATE: According to the New York Times' Brian Stelter, a Fox News staffer told Ricks he was rude following the interview. Ricks said that he thinks the hit lasted "about half as long as planned."

Source has video.
zhiva_the_mage 27th-Nov-2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
# "When you have four people dead for the first time in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?" Scott said #

What does this even mean.
missjersey 27th-Nov-2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
Lol I love when people/cooperations get called out. I just love awkward moments on television tbh.
cozmic_oceanz 27th-Nov-2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
fragbert 27th-Nov-2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
"How dare he speak accurately and truthfully? That's not what we do here at Fox News!"
bnmc2005 27th-Nov-2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
The transcript and video is brilliant! Daily KOS has the video and some transcript:

Fox: When you have four people dead including the first US ambassador in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?
Ricks: How many security contractors died in Iraq, do you know?

Fox: I don't.

Ricks: No, nobody does, because nobody cared. We know that several hundred died, but there was never an official count done, of security contractors dead in Iraq. So when I see this focus on what was essentially a small fire fight, I think number one, I've covered a lot of fire fights, it's impossible to figure out what happens in them sometimes. And second, I think that the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political partly because Fox was operating as a wing of the Republican party.

Fox: All right. Tom Ricks, thanks very much for joining us today.

Ricks: You're welcome.

Edited at 2012-11-27 03:14 pm (UTC)
1300_hours 27th-Nov-2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
like a BOSS.
shhh_its_s3cr3t 27th-Nov-2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
BOOM! Truth has been spoken! SUCK ON THAT TRUTHSICLE FOX!
tabaqui 27th-Nov-2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
HA. Gotta love it.
wrestlingdog 27th-Nov-2012 07:46 pm (UTC)

Glad someone called them on this.
fickery 27th-Nov-2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Even more hilarious, a Fox VP is now claiming Ricks apologized in private afterwards, and Ricks is all, "Yeah, no, that never happened. At all."
ohmiya_sg 27th-Nov-2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
You can't make this shit up...

(oops, pretty big there)

Edited at 2012-11-27 08:28 pm (UTC)
crossfire 27th-Nov-2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
This is awesome.
bushy_brow 27th-Nov-2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Fucking valuable thing tag? 'Cause that? Is a thing of beauty. Surpised he lasted 90 seconds, tbh.
synthesizia 28th-Nov-2012 12:40 am (UTC)
Does Fox seriously pretend that they AREN'T acting as a wing of the Republican party?
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