Fox News ends interview with author Thomas Ricks, but why? Watch video below of newspaper reporter Thomas Ricks, the author of such books as "The Generals" who was brought on the show due to his expertise with Benghazi, as he criticizes the allegedly right-leaning network of "operating as a wing of the Republican Party," a hostile move from the typically even-tempered author that led to the Fox News interview's ending abruptly.
Though Ricks was brought onto the network due to his insight into the GOP's harsh opposition to the potential appointment of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to the position of Secretary of State, the interview ended suddenly and before anchor Jon Scott could really delve into the subject matter.
According to the author, who had been watching Fox News's videos during the Libya incident, the network placed a deliberate emphasis on the Benghazi killings in an attempt to place a spotlight on what some consider to be a major failing on the part of President Obama and his administration. Their motivation? In Thomas Ricks's own words, "extremely political."
"i think the emphasis on Bengazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox was operating as a wing of the Republican party," the author said. It was an incisive comment that must have angered the executive producers of the show, who may have ordered Jon Scott to bring the now eponymous Fox News interview to an abrupt end.
After his comments about Fox's political leanings, Scott pivoted to his co-anchor who did his best to clumsily introduce a commercial.
But in spite of Fox News's awkward attempt to silence a voice with which they disagree, is their point incorrect? Though the author calls what happened in Benghazi a "firefight," Fox News's anchor correctly points out that four people are dead-- including one U.N. Ambassador, the first in thirty years. And even if Thomas Ricks's strategy of putting those four deaths into perspective by placing them next to the hundreds of contracts who lost their lives in Iraq, it may not be enough to assuage the doubts that some have in how our administration handled the Libya incident and its aftermath.
Still, as the author points out, "Nobody knows [how many contractors died in Iraq] because nobody cares."
But in spite of the interview's more famous ending, Thomas Ricks got his point in very early: "[Republican opposition] is not going to stop Susan Rice from becoming Secretary of State."
For an in-depth analysis of this story, check out our extended coverage of Fox News's ending the interview here.