By Brian Carey, January 20, 2014.
Hey, it’s the Chicago Way™, right?
On her blog, Greta Van Susteren, who hosts a 7PM news show on Fox News Channel, recounted how the Obama administration has repeatedly attempted to punish Fox News for its reporting about Benghazi. Apparently, the administration hoped that its retaliatory efforts would prevent the most popular name in cable news from reporting about the subject.
It didn’t work.
Van Susteren recounted the various strong arm tactics used by members of the President’s team. She claimed that the administration “tried very hard” to discourage reporting about the terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi in September, 2012.
First, she wrote: “In the early days after Benghazi, the State Department omitted only Fox News Channel from its conference call to all the media when it claimed to be answering questions about Benghazi for the media.”
Second, she noted that the CIA would later provide a briefing, for all networks except Fox, about Benghazi.
She also wrote:
And there were many times in the months and years since September 2012 when Obama Administration officials would make comments to suggest that Fox was just doing the Benghazi reporting for political reasons. The Administration was doing what it could to deter and demean the Fox News Channel investigation. They did not want to give us the facts — so their strategy was to attempt to belittle and demean our reporting.
The kicker: Van Susteren claims that a “friend” of hers in the administration attempted to get her to tell her colleague, Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin, to stop her reporting on Benghazi. This so-called “friend” claimed that Griffin would “ruin her career” over her reporting.
Van Susteren also took the administration to task for attempting to claim that the terrorist attack in Benghazi was a spontaneous response to a video as opposed to a planned effort.