Fox host Jon Scott abruptly ended his interview today with author Tom Ricks after just a minute and 45 seconds. Ricks said that "Benghazi was hyped, by this network especially" and that "the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox was operating as a wing of the Republican Party." Watch:
RICKS: I think that Benghazi, generally, was hyped by this network especially. And now that the campaign is over, I think [McCain's] backing off a little bit…
SCOTT: When you have four people dead, including the first US ambassador in more than thirty years, how do you call that hype?
RICKS: How many security contractors died in Iraq, do you know?
SCOTT: I don’t.
RICKS: No, nobody does, because nobody cared. We know that several hundred died, but there was never an official count done of security contractors dead in Iraq. So when I see this focus on what was essentially a small firefight, I think number one: I’ve covered a lot of firefights, it’s impossible to figure out what happens in them sometimes. And second, I think that the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox was operating as a wing of the Republican party.
SCOTT: All right. Tom Ricks, thanks very much for joining us today.