I just read the paragraph below in the NY Times (link to entire article at the bottom.)
I have no idea about access to Mrs. Obama or not….I do know that the President did appear on ON THE RECORD at 10pm when he was a Senator and when he ran for President. He enjoyed the interviews. The interviews were fair and I was polite.
The President has had an outstanding offer to appear on ON THE RECORD at 10pm since he took office but has declined through his representatives. Of course he is not obliged to appear on ON THE RECORD at 10pm and of course he is busy.
But much more notable than the President’s non appearance on OTR at 10pm, since Fox has aggressively asked the Administration for answers to the Benghazi 4 murders, Fox has twice been excluded from major media briefings. Two out of two! Accident? Coincidence? Read on….
The first exclusion was a conference call briefing the State Department held about Benghazi – after Fox started to push for answers. The State Department invited all the news organizations except Fox. The State Department said it was an oversight that Fox was excluded from this briefing. I didn’t believe it then and don’t believe it now but whatever.
Other news organizations shared with us the information given in the State Department briefing — and the information included the admission (for the first time) that there was no protest at the Benghazi Consulate but rather that it was ‘calm and normal’ when Ambassador Stevens said good night to the Turkish Diplomat about about 8:30pm Libya time. The State Department gave the briefing the night before its employees were summoned to Capitol Hill to testify before Congress.
And the second exclusion was just last week when the CIA finally gave a briefing about Benghazi to every news organizations except Fox. Fox was not invited. Of course this Fox only exclusion was deliberate — it is Fox that has been asking for answers. The CIA and the Administration is trying to punish us so that we ‘learn not to ask them questions they don’t want to answer.’
Last weekend, after the two Fox exclusions from the two briefings, the Washington Post finally admitted that there are unanswered questions about the murder of the 4 Americans and begrudgingly admitted that Fox gets credit for pushing for answers from the Obama Administration.
Why wasn’t Fox invited to these briefings? No one here at Fox has told me anything (I don’t even know if Fox said anything to the Obama Administration about it and I have not asked) but I wasn’t born yesterday. The Obama Administration is trying to send Fox a message – back off!
I believe that Fox is getting punished for doing its job. We simply persistently ask pointed questions about the murder of 4 Americans. We didn’t buy the Obama Administration’s silly story (video/protest) and so now they seek to punish us with exclusion.
Frankly, the exclusions from these two media wide briefings only make me more suspicious the Administration is hiding something. People who are telling you the truth don’t try and punish you like this.
I don’t know what the Administration is hiding, but I can’t help but think it is something. They made me suspicious by their behavior.
What do you think?
PLEASE: IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO WAS ON THE GROUND AT BENGHAZI OR HAS ANY INFORMATION AT ALL FROM OTHER MEANS, HAVE THAT PERSON CONTACT ME.
THERE WERE ABOUT 30 AMERICANS WHO WERE RESCUED. I WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO THEM.