DC Trawler

Cable news host cuts off guest for daring to disagree

Whoops! That’s Tamron Hall cutting off Timothy Carney’s mic last May because he was rude enough to point out her obvious bias. That was no big deal because it was MSNBC. Here’s the incident you’re supposed to care about, because Brian Stelter at the NYT does:

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.”

The topic was the attack on the United States’s diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Before being thanked and sent on his way, Mr. Ricks said he thought the controversy around the attack was “hyped, by this network especially.”

Reporting facts about the murder of a United States ambassador by Islamic terrorists is now “hype.”

Well, whatever it takes to distract from the Benghazi debacle and the Obama administration’s ongoing cover-up of it. Well done, Mr. Stelter.

P.S. Fox News: Tom Ricks Apologized For Comments. Ricks: No, I Didn’t.