Hero of the Week Award: November 30, Thomas Ricks

30 Nov

Hero of the Week

It is a real pleasure to celebrate a journalist who stands up for truth and integrity in the media. Thomas Ricks is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and expert on defense issues. He has written a number of books on military history and strategy; as he tours with his most recent book, many news programs have asked him on to comment about the attack on the Benghazi consulate.

Earlier this week he appeared on FAUX news and was asked about the attacks on U.N. ambassador Susan Rice for her comments about Benghazi right after it happened. He replied, “I think that Benghazi generally was hyped by this network especially.” The stunned anchor asked him how he could consider four deaths hype, and got a strong reply.

How many security contractors died in Iraq, do you know? … 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 fire fight, I think number one, I’ve covered a lot of fire fights, 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.

With that last line, the anchor suddenly thanked and dismissed Ricks, less than halfway into the interview’s allotted time. Poor old sad old Fox doesn’t like to hear the truth. What’s more, their VP in charge of news, Michael Clemente, immediately told the Hollywood Reporter that Ricks apologized for his comments. Not so fast! says Ricks.

Clemente is making it up, and it is sloppy of Hollywood Reporter to not ask him for specifics (what exactly am I alleged to have said?) and also to seek a response from me. Why is Fox doing this? Because their MO is that when the facts aren’t on their side, they attack the person.

Nothing could be more true. Thanks for standing up for truth and calling out media bias, Mr. Ricks.

Honorable mention goes to progressive talk radio host Stephanie Miller for admitting and correcting her own error. Wanting to raise money for the needy over the holidays, Miller partnered with an organization for her listeners to donate to. Sadly, she didn’t do her research and chose the homophobic horrors at the Salvation Army. When her listeners called her on the mistake, she quickly fixed it. She devoted a segment of her show to describe the SA’s bigotry, cancelled the partnership, and set up a more progressive donation site for the rest of the season. More than that, she matched the $1500 already given with a donation to the Trevor Project out of her own pocket. Nicely done!

4 Responses to “Hero of the Week Award: November 30, Thomas Ricks”

  1. Didion November 30, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    Wow. I saw the clip of Ricks on Fox — which was brilliant — but hadn’t heard this post-interview scoop. I found it sort of delicious that the anchor would tout Ricks’ qualifications, then abruptly shut down the interview when it didn’t go the right way. Go Ricks!

    But then to lie about an apology? God, Fox really is the media wing of the Republican party. I’m not even sure I understand why they’d want to deny it.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 30, 2012 at 7:57 am #


      Yes, making up the whole “apology” just pushed me over the edge. Do people really watch Fox News and expect anything other than complete FICTION?

  2. webwordwarrior November 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    Foolish Fox fails fantastically…

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

      I’m a sucker for alliteration. Sad that Fox does not even know what alliteration means.

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