If you ever find yourself in the unenviable position of being interviewed on Fox News, there is a very easy way to cut that interview short, apparently! You engage in a nuanced presentation of the issue at hand, and then you simply point out that Fox News is the media wing of the Republican Party and presto chango, you will no longer be talking to Jon Scott or Jenna Lee about asinine bullshit that no one except Fox News cares about. And as a bonus, it will shortly be explained for you how you groveled and apologized!
Here we have Pulizer Prize winning reporter Tom Ricks, asked on the air to comment on Benghazi which is apparently the most important issue ever, and will define Obama’s legacy maybe for some reason.
“What do you make of John McCain acting slightly less deranged vis a vis Susan Rice,” Jon Scott asks, and then Rick says that Benghazi has been politicized and overhyped and now that the campaign is over, the GOP has less of an interest in politicizing Benghazi because they have to focus on politicizing the fiscal cliff, basically.
Jon Scott was shocked, just shocked. HOW DARE HE.
“When you have four people dead, including the first U.S. ambassador, for the first time in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?”
“How many security contractors died in Iraq? Do you know?” Ricks asked.
“I don’t,” replied Scott.
“Nobody does because nobody cared,” Ricks said. “We know several hundred died but there was never official count of security contractors in Iraq. When I say this focus was essentially on a small fire-fight, I think, number one, I’ve covered a lot of fire-fights and it is impossible to figure out what happens in them sometimes.”
Ricks then took another open shot at Fox News: “I think the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox is operating as the wing of Republican Party.”
At that point, Scott cut the interview short: “Tom Ricks, thanks for joining us today.”
Ricks smirked and replied: “You’re welcome.”
Since then, Fox News said that Ricks “apologized in our offices afterward but doesn’t have the strength of character to do that publicly.” Ricks said he did not apologize, in the offices or anywhere else, and Fox’s Executive VP of news editorial offered to “refresh” his memory.
With votes, most likely.