Tom Ricks: I Did Not Apologize

After his on-air attack on Fox News of the network’s coverage of the Benghazi attacks, journalist and author Tom Ricks denies the news outlet’s contention that he apologized after the interview.

In an email statement to Talking Points Memo and an interview with Politico, Ricks challenges Fox executive Michael Clemente’s contention that he apologized to the network after the interview ended. Ricks told Politico they are “making it up” and TPM that Clemente’s account was “misleading.” Adding further fuel to the fire, Ricks said that he had a conversation with anchor Bret Baier after the interview that was “lengthy, and on point.”

The interview on Monday was abruptly ended when Ricks criticized Fox for politicizing the Benghazi attacks “partly because it was operating as a wing of the Republican party.”

Update: Clemente told TV Newser that Ricks’ response was “utterly dishonest.”

“I’m surprised by the General’s utter dishonesty,” Clemente says. “I’ll refresh
his memory – what he said following the segment was, “Sorry… I’m tired from a
non-stop book tour.’ Perhaps now he can finally get some rest.”

The interview is below:


Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 1

Leave a Reply

1 Comment

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. DREGstudios says:

    The talking heads guarding the inhabitants of Bullsh*t Mountain from rejoining the world of the sane just won’t budge an inch will they? Fox News is a propaganda machine which dumbs down America by the day through disinformation and their slanted agendas. See their anchors spewing forth feces from their mouths in my visual homage to the network on my artist’s blog at

More Biz News from Variety