Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren claims that the Obama administration tried to censor her reporting on the terror attack in Benghazi and persuade her to end the coverage. The TV hosts said “a good friend in the Obama administration” tried to stop Fox News’ national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin from reporting on Benghazi, and subsequently the failures of the White House in handling this issue.
“My friend in the Administration was telling me so that I could tell Jennifer so that she did not ruin her career. “In 20 plus years, I have never received a call to try and shut down a colleague – not that I even could – this was a first,” said Van Susteren. “I think it is really low for the Administration to stoop this low.”
Van Susteren told the colleague that she would not tell Griffin to stop without “strong proof” that she was reporting incorrect information, but the Obama administration official refused to provide this. “We went around and around — including the statement again that this was just a call as a favor to Jennifer and me to save Jennifer’s career from reporting incorrect information,” she said. I got no proof. Zero. I smelled a rat. Favor to me? Hardly. My friend was trying to use me. I feel bad that a friend did that to me, tried to use me for a dirty reason. Jennifer is a class act … no axe to grind, she just wants the facts.”
Fox News was also the only network to be “shut out” of a State Department conference call specifically set up to answer “questions about Benghazi for the media” in the days after the attack in September 2012. The network was also barred from attending the CIA briefing about Benghazi.
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