Fox: When you have four people dead including the first US ambassador in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?It's fantastic anytime someone goes on Fox News to say that Fox News is operating as a wing of the Republican Party. It's exponentially more fantastic when the person going on Fox News to say that Fox News is operating as a wing of the Republican Party is not some token liberal, but rather someone introduced by Fox as a distinguished expert on foreign policy and the military.
Ricks: How many security contractors died in Iraq, do you know?
Fox: 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 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.
Fox: All right. Tom Ricks, thanks very much for joining us today.
Ricks: You're welcome.
The question, though, is if Ricks will be punished by never ever being allowed to go on Fox again, or if they'll try to ambush him on the air in the future. (I'm guessing he'll have thought of that possibility, and be ready.)