Author and journalist Thomas Ricks should be everyone's new hero. Pulitzer Prize winner Ricks went on air on Fox News and basically called them exactly what they are - a bunch of shills for the Republican Party. He made two comments that said as much, the second quite brutal, before anchor Jon Scott cut him off curtly.
Fox was interviewing Ricks, who is an expert on the military and has a new book called The Generals. When the author was asked his opinion about the Benghazi attacks and the criticism that John McCain had for Susan Rice he said the following, "I think Benghazi generally was hyped by this network especially. And that now that the campaign is over, I think (John McCain) is backing off a little bit."
When Scott tried to feed him the standard BS that Fox News is famous for spouting. "When you have four people dead for the first time in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?"
Ricks replied, asking if Scott knew how many security contractors were killed in Iraq, a fact that Scott did not know apparently, and Ricks went on to call the Benghazi attacks a "small firefight" by comparison. Then, Thomas Ricks fed the Fox News anchor his lunch. "I think the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox is operating as the wing of the Republican Party."
After that, Fox News cut him off, as is their policy whenever someone does something that makes them look bad. The entire interview, which likely was scheduled for three to five minutes, lasted only around 90 seconds. This man deserves a medal for calling out Fox News for what it really is, a shill for the Republican Party. Like most Republicans, the truth doesn't penetrate the thick skull-like structure to the potential brain underneath, and anything that isn't the party line is denied, glossed-over, "taken out of context," or simply ignored.
Congratulations, Mr. Ricks. You are America's new hero. Video is below
Gabriel Legend covers current events for Gather News, and writes horror fiction as well. He is participating in this year's National Novel Writing Month Challenge. You can follow him on Twitter (@GabeLegend).