After the interview, a Fox News staffer told Mr. Ricks that he had been rude. [...]Fox is so invested in the "Ricks was rude" line that a network executive vice president went ahead and told The Hollywood Reporter that Ricks had apologized privately: "He apologized in our offices afterward but doesn’t have the strength of character to do that publicly." Ricks doesn't see things that way, though:
Mr. Ricks said in an e-mail message afterward that he did not think he was being rude. "I thought I was being honest," he said. "They asked my opinion, and I gave it."
In an email to THR, Ricks also disputes FNC's claim of a private apology.I'd be interested to know, too. Especially since that would mean Fox News willingly extending the story of its own embarrassment by another day.
"Please ask Mr. Clemente what the words of my supposed apology were. I'd be interested to know," he said. "Frankly, I don't remember any such apology."
(Via Greg Mitchell)