A high-ranking diplomat, who was also the State Department’s deputy chief of mission in Libya then, Gregory Hicks testified during the Benghazi Hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday.
Hicks gave an emotional account of the hours surrounding the incident and efforts to rescue the diplomats under attack. His testimony resurrected the almost dead concerns regarding the role of the U.S. military and top officials in the White House at that time. The diplomat pointed out that the U.S. military could’ve done more to help and prevent the deaths o f U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
As Hick’s emotional testimony posed questions towards the Obama administration, one major news network was busy in taking advantage of the situation and presenting a lopsided coverage of the hearing. Fox News ballooned-up Hick’s concerns regarding the government’s role and ended up with a rather biased media coverage.
1- Unnamed Source:
Last week, Fox News aired some never-revealed-before-facts through an unnamed source. They said:
“Our source, who was monitoring the events in Benghazi in real time, reveals the lack of reaction by the U.S. State Department, Pentagon and the White House on the night four Americans were killed.”
2- Security Forces Didn’t Respond:
Through the same force, Fox News reporter alleged that the security forces in Libya didn’t respond to the diplomats’ call for help immediately.
“There were at least 15 special forces and highly skilled State Department security staff available in the capital Tripoli who were not dispatched, even though they were trained as a quick response force.”
3- “Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage”
The title of the hearing “Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage” was thoroughly used by Fox News. They aimed it towards the “failure” of the Obama Administration which basically “failed” to respond to the diplomats under attack.
4- Commercial Breaks:
Some people noted (and they just had to) that the news channels went on commercial breaks whenever the Democrats took to the floor to speak up about the attacks. This was quite an obvious execution of the channel’s biased policies.
HILARIOUS Fox News taking a commerical break during Democrats #Benghazi questions ...— United Liberals(@UnitedLiberals) May 8, 2013
5- Re-Airing Clips:
Not only commercials, Fox News also started airing old clips from the hearing instead of running with the regular transmission when Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat, gave her remarks.
To sum up the last two points in one, Fox News, in an online published news report specifically pointed out the Democrats saying:
“Democrats, while giving deference to the officials and their version of events, used the hearing to try and deflect criticism away from the administration.”
Fox News is being criticized for its ‘unnecessarily’ blown-up coverage of the event. It broke its first news around 11:36 a.m. in the morning and continued with its ‘unobstructed’ coverage of the hearing to the end. Three other major news networks, CBS, NBC and ABC, did not break into regular coverage to air the hearings which shows how much Fox News was interested in Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage.
What is your take on the coverage? Do you really think it was lopsided? Tell us in the comments section.