Monday, November 26, 2012

Military expert gets the heave-ho from Fox News for calling them out on Benghazi coverage

Posted by on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 2:37 PM

So what really happened in Benghazi on the night of Sept. 11? There's been a lot of media coverage about the tragedy that led to the death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans.

For weeks, GOP Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have blasted the Obama administration's Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, for claiming five days after Stevens death that it was not a terrorist incident. Now those senators appear to be backing away from their intense focus on Rice, who could be President Obama's choice to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

Tom Ricks is a respected former Washington Post military reporter who has a new book out called The Generals. On Monday, Ricks was called upon by the folks at Fox News to talk Benghazi, but he didn't stick around too long after he called out the network for its relentless hyper partisanship when it comes to that incident.

Ricks told Fox anchor Jon Scott that Benghazi was being hyped up. Scott disagreed.

"How many security contractors died in Iraq? Do you know?" Ricks shot back.

"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."

Meanwhile two recent articles shed more light on Benghazi. The new GQ magazine features an article by Sean Flynn.

And last week's New York Times magazine featured a piece by Robert F. Worth called "Walling Off the World" about the need for security for our embassies and consultants in lands that may not be all that welcoming to a U.S. presence.

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