By Harriet Rowan on November 28, 2012

Fox News was publicly skewered and filleted this week by one of their own guests, Thomas E. Ricks, an expert on military and defense policy and a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter. His interview was abruptly and unceremoniously ended after he calmly tagged Fox as "a wing of the Republican Party."

The program, Happening Now, invited Ricks on as a guest to discuss defense and foreign policy issues including the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The segment began with a discussion of the possibility of Susan Rice, the current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, becoming the Secretary of State and what effect her statements about the Benghazi attack would have.

Although he introduced Ricks as an "expert with decades of experience in the U.S. military" the interviewer Jon Scott was not as happy with the analysis provided by said expert. Ricks immediately criticized Fox's coverage of the incident, "Benghazi generally was hyped, by this network especially." Scott took issue with the statement, "When you have four people dead, including the first U.S. ambassador in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?" To which Ricks responded, "I think that the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox was operating as a wing of the Republican Party."

Scott abruptly wrapped up the interview before Ricks could do any more truth telling and cut to a commercial break.

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