Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz - a Romney surrogate, no less - inadvertently acknowledged that Fox and the GOP are one and the same. After the State Department held a conference call for the press, but excluded Fox News, Chaffetz complained that "we" had not been invited.
Chaffetz said in a hearing about the Benghazi attacks (video below):
"Mysteriously,the State Department decided to give a press briefing last night. We weren't invited - certain news alerts weren't invited."
As Oliver Willis noted, Chaffetz was referring to "a conference call that was a media availability, not a Congressinal one. Kind of odd for one of the Republicans who has been orchestrating this whole thing (and an official Romney surrogate from Utah who got a speaking spot at the RNC convention) to refer to Fox as “we” and be miffed about not getting an invite."
You can see General Hayden’s interview on Ellen’s post on Crooks and Liars (watch Brian Kilmeade’s face as he realises the General is pushing back).
Does anybody have a recording of Mike Baker’s interview? Not the session on the couch that’s supposed to be different (if he’s wearing the same tie as I recall, both segments were probably recorded on the same day.
Another segment that got my goat yesterday was the bereaved mother of the State Department staff who was killed at Benghazi. That segment was also aired several times without a peep about the bereaved mother of a former SEAL who’d asked the Romney campaign NOT to exploit her son’s death.
Two examples of how FoxNews cherry-picks its guests.
When it is “discovered” that the cancer rate among the populations that got their water, milk and milk products from the area affected by the chemical spills, we can expect outrage to flare up with loud queries: “where was the government while this was happening?” “Where were the reporters?” etc. etc. etc.
A good case in point is the New England Compounding company where failure to enforce the law opened the door to the production and distribution of a product packed with menningitis. Nine deaths and counting.
I’ll continue to do my bit to make sure that that case where it was decided that FoxNews is NOT a news organisation is never forgotten.
Details: On February 14, 2003, a ruling by the Florida Appeals Court reversed the rulings of three (3) lower courts on a case involving FNC and a free-lance reporter called Jane Akre. Ms Akre had been hired to do a piece on a Monsanto chemical plant in the Tampa FL area. Her investigation found traces of chemicals present only in that plant in the milk of local dairy cattle. FNC told her to leave that part out, she refused and they refused to honor her contract. She won all three cases heard by three lower courts before losing before the Florida Appeals Court. Expect the cancer rate in that part of Florida to rise.
Anyway, FNC got off that hook by declaring under oath that FoxNews was N-O-T a news organization. (www.foxbghsuit.com/home.htm)
Chaffetz keeps on saying he spent the better part of a day in Libya, occasionally adding that he stayed in Tripoli and spoke only to Embassy staff. So, now, he’s an authority on what happened at Benghazi. I’ll wait for the investigation findings to be released. As recommended by General Michael Hayden (director of CIA and NSA under Bush) on F&F last Tuesday (cf. Crooks and Liars).