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: