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Fox News Cuts Off Interview on Benghazi When Reporter Refuses to Play Along

Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 11:52:21 am

A classic moment today, as Pulitzer Prize-winning defense reporter Thomas E. Ricks took the fight to the epicenter of right wing propaganda, Fox News, and told anchor man Jon Scott that Fox is "operating as a wing of the Republican Party."

When Ricks pointed out that Fox News never seemed to care one bit about the many civilian contractors killed in Iraq, Jon Scott cut the interview short. Notice that Scott has no idea how many contractors died.

The New York Times has more details: Guest on Fox News to Discuss Benghazi Attack Is Given a Quick Exit.

Thomas E. Ricks, the veteran defense reporter and author, said he expected his Monday morning appearance on Fox News to last about three minutes. It ended, in fact, after 90 seconds -- his last sentence was a description of the network as "a wing of the Republican Party."

After the interview, a Fox News staffer told Mr. Ricks that he had been rude.

The strange and unusually short interview segment quickly gained the attention of media critics, because criticism of Fox News is rarely aired on Fox News. Mr. Ricks said in an e-mail message afterward that he did not think he was being rude. "I thought I was being honest," he said. "They asked my opinion, and I gave it."