Skip to comments.Fox News ends interview abruptly when guest slams network
Posted on 11/27/2012 4:16:03 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
A Fox News anchor abruptly ended an interview when the guest criticized the news network. Jon Scott was interviewing Thomas Ricks about his book, "The Generals" when Ricks accused Fox News of hyping up the recent attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi.
According to the AP, Scott questioned Ricks as to why he would make such a claim when the attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Christopher Stevens - the first U.S. Ambassador assassinated in more than three decades.
Ricks asserted the incident amounted to a "small firefight" and said, "I think that the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox was operating as a wing of the Republican Party."
At that point, Scott thanked Ricks and turned to his co-anchor, who then threw to a commercial break.
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I hope the guy's book sales flop.
I’m sure that no one needs to read his book to know what’s in it. He clearly showed his “leanings” in the interview.
My only surprise is that FOX even had him on.
Who gave the order to our military to “stand down” and NOT implement plans to rescue our men in Benghazi on 9-11-12?
When the guest referred to the terrorist attack as a “small firefight”, it exposed him as a communist/muslim sycophant.
Good for John Scott to boot him off and stop the dishonesty.
Ricks and his fellow travelers will declare his attack on Fox to be a great victory, much like the towel heads who got their butts kicked recently by Israel. Expect them to begin firing their guns into the air, ululating all the while.
Isn’t it funny, that to question the President’s motive and lies about Benghazi (a job the media used to do) equates to being political... GD the left and all they stand for, why do we even give them a platform...
My only regret is that we don’t see this type of response toward the liberal press. Conservatives feel they must be ladies and gentlemen when doing interviews and they’re having their words twisted around anyhow. Conservatives need to start a school for politians on how to do interviews. The Air Force had one in the Pentagon when I was there in the 1980s.
Communist hate FOX?...The only fair and balanced news in America?
Just ask that lardo with suspenders (BOb Bekel?), Allen Colmes, and the other assorted Commies on FOX, about bias.
That being said, I am fortunate to have only FOX for US news.
I don’t think news programs do this enough. When a guest shows up and refuses to address the questions, choosing instead to just regurgitate prepackaged talking points then he or she should be given the zot. I want to hear thoughtful discussion not mindless propaganda.
Ricks is a product of the Wash post for whom he writes too I believe. The press is not interested in Benghazi period and nothing is going to change that notion because it shows the incompetency of His Excellency.
However, I think we need to look at this incident away from his body of work. He has been extremely accurate in his assessment of our senior military leadership beginning in Vietnam and moving forward. Frankly his view of some of our senior general officers is not far removed from mine. Someone better listen up soon or we will not be in a position to defeat any second tier nation. He has noted that not since Korea has one general been relieved due to incompetence in battle....something that happened often during the past so much so that the comparison is startling.
He also believes Iraq would have been a bigger disaster had it not been for a fine corps of junior officers and a slew of competent NCOs, an interesting observation.
IMHO everything else is secondary to those questions. Problem is, I don’t see anyone asking them, FOX included.
Amazing. So that's going to be the narrative now. All this was much ado about nothing and only the nutty GOP would be concerned about it.
Having an American diplomatic facility destroyed and ransacked, the American Ambassador and one of his aides killed and the Ambassador's body paraded through the streets, and two American security force members killed after hours of nearly single-handed combat...why, that's nothing. What's to get upset about?
Also: “the incident amounted to a small firefight”:
Was this AHOLE there? No he wasn’t, which means this AHOLE is talking out of his AHOLE.
The liberals are filled with rage. They won the WH, seats in the Senate, and House, and they are still filled with rage. No doubt, this situation will not end well. The liberals are tipping their hand, and our side is falling in line like little puppies, and still there is rage coming from the liberals. Always knew the liberals wanted it all, and soon anyone disagreeing with liberals, will be an outlaw. This planet has moved quickly to the 1930s. A prayer God will stop the slide, of this planet, on the razor blade toward the pool of alcohol. Too bad the liberals haven’t awaken to the fact that they too are on that razor blade.
Ah, the “Fox is an arm of the Republican Party” talking point. So fresh and new. Maybe they threw him off for his inability to say anything interesting.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Nighttime For The Generals
Well, it's nighttime and the long cars
Are arriving at the door
The general is having another party
With a congressman or three
And some guys you never see outside the bank
There's a laughing clink of glasses
And a polished click of boots
Bitter talk of a country
With a weakness in its roots
And it's nighttime for the generals
The boys at the C.I.A
Power gone mad in the darkness
Thinking they're God on a good day
They giveth, they taketh
They like to take it away
"Well the fools don't know the difference
It's for their own good", they said
And they shot blind Lady Liberty
In the back of her head
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A small firefight is a quick ambush or skirmish that ends as soon as you call in air support, certainly in under an hour (thank you USAF!!!). This was a sustained, organized terrorist attack on an American ambassador, and the Community-Organizer-in-Chief chose to do nothing for seven hours - long enough that Obama could have played two rounds of golf if he hadn’t been so busy raising funds for his political campaign, long enough that the terrorists could rape our ambassador before killing him.
People on FR seem intent on bashing Ann Coulter lately, but she lets the libs have it on TV.
By default, Obama killed any rescue, simply by ignoring requests for CBA.
Uh, huh. I guess Ricks never watches any of the other networks, which are clearly in the tank for the Democratic party.
The mighty songwriters were just angry we had generals.
“Ricks asserted the incident amounted to a “small firefight”....”
Right, just like the shootings in the Aurora Colorado movie theatre. Just a misunderstanding, no big deal. A free country cannot survive with such deranged individuals in the media distorting or ignoring the truth. I can understand shading the facts to benefit his side, but Ricks comment shows a detachment from reality. And such detachment by the left is becoming more frequent.
In the world-wide global islamic “ummah,” Benghazi is seen as America’s Stalingrad. Seriously.
The Amriki crusaders were driven out of Eastern Libya, the cradle of jihad, it total defeat, humiliation, and disgrace. The Amriki ambassador was killed and defiled, dragged through the streets. The Amriki did NOTHING in response.
Benghazi is seen by a billion-plus muslims as a sign of total collapse of American will.
As bad as the four dead are, the symbolic defeat is much, much worse in terms of setting us up for more attacks.
Yep. But if you didn’t know who wrote it, you could swear this is about today, right now...because from what we see now, this is exactly what has been going on...and worse.
Tom Ricks is a good writer and has written a number of interesting books. I highly recommend his book about the surge in Iraq. That being said, I’ve always suspected he’s a lefty. I believe the fight at the consulate in Benghazi lasted hours. No where in my Marine Corps training was a fight lasting hours characterized as a “small firefight”.
Interestingly, Ricks wrote a book about 15 years ago called “The Making of the Corps” about Marine Corps boot camp. The boot camp part and the changes implemented since Commandant Grey was very instructional. However, in the second part of the book, Ricks complained how the military (especially the officer corps) are way too conservative and how this is deterimental to the country. The whole time I’m reading this, I’m asking myself. What about your profession Mr. Ricks? Who is by trade a reporter. Is it more deterimental to the country to have a conservative minded military or a left wing press who are sychophants to liberal politicians?
“Uh, huh. I guess Ricks never watches any of the other networks, which are clearly in the tank for the Democratic party.”
Its more than just “in the tank”. How can anyone with even basic information about what happened conclude it was no more significant than a small firefight? It’s not even close to a credible statement.
I cannot imagine Ricks writing anything meaningful when he cannot connect the dots. So Benghazi was nothing more than a "small firefight" with only four white guys killed? What is the big deal Rick says? The heroes gave their lives to save thirty or more trapped members of the embassy staff. Why was their request for available support turned down?
Is Ricks emboldened because Obama won? Is Ricks a Democrat hack looking for a job in the Obama administration?
A verse from The Times they are a changin'
If it was “just a small firefight”, then why did Obama, Clinton, & Rice spend so much energy lying about the video as motive?
Maybe some book reviews at Amazon would help.
I wonder if this idiot would consider it “just a small firefight” if his own home were under attack by a gang of Islamofascists and the police refused to respond to his 911 calls.
Good idea....amazon readers ought to know whether his writing is good or crap.
I don't ever recall being in a SMALL firefight. Can someone explain what a SMALL firefight is. I bet no one who has been in a firefight calls it SMALL.
Good idea....amazon readers ought to know whether his writing is good or crap.
They are out in the cold.
Pretty soon these nonpersons will be removed from official photographs/images. I would wager the obscure are beginning to fade away as we type, if a few haven't had unfortunate events/accidents already.
Persistence on their part will be likely rewarded with prosecution on some charge, the systematic destruction of their reputations, or a dirtnap.
The high profile people involved are a clear message to the little folks that no one is too big, none too prominent, none too important, so the lesser players had better keep their mouths shut.
Calling this a Stalinesque obscenity is an understatement. For the second operation we know of (Fast and Furious/Castaway, now Benghazi, both likely gunrunning operations) which was likely approved at the highest levels within our government, people have been slaughtered and the Ministry of Propaganda (ABCNNBCBS) has barely made a peep.
The Islamists will inevitably see this as a sign we do not have the will to resist. and more will die because of that.
A small firefight would be handguns and maybe some rifles but not mortars, RPG’s and at one point I heard 50cal on back of p/u trucks. That had to be some al Qaeda rag heads on a mission.
Thomas Ricks is a tool. He should’ve harangued Fox to upgrade their graphics.
You left out the worst one of all: Juan Williams!
That is a fact, jack. And now they're mostly getting out rather than be ground under by Bobo's pc juggernaut...
Yes, they are getting out which speaks volumes given the poor jobs market.