NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Bill O'Reilly, host of FOX's 'The O'Reilly Factor' at FOX Studios on December 15, 2011 in New York City. (Credit: Getty Images)
How did the mainstream media cover Friday's major Libya news? See here.
During his show on Friday, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly ripped NBC's Brian Williams and the rest of the mainstream media for giving President Barack Obama a pass on the ever-developing scandal in Benghazi, Libya.
Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, U.S. diplomat Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, were killed in the tragic terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Libya. On Friday, it was revealed that three urgent requests for help were ignored by the CIA. Additionally, State Department emails revealed the White House was given information as the attack was ongoing, including the fact that a terrorist group had taken responsibility for the attack.
So, with that in mind, O'Reilly set his sights on the media, particularly Williams for passing up on opportunities to ask the president tough questions about Benghazi. Williams spent several days with Obama on the campaign trail and got no new information from the commander-in-chief.
“Instead of citing some inconsistencies from the administration about the Libyan attack, Mr. Williams dropped the subject, totally dropped it, after one misleading question," O'Reilly said. "Mr. Williams implied that American intelligence stands behind the theory that the Libyan attack was, quote, ‘spontaneous.’ That is not a fact, but was presented as such by Brian Williams."
"The national media is not demanding answers," he added.
O'Reilly said the question that Williams should have asked is: "Who told Ambassador Rice and Jay Carney to tell the world that a stupid video tape prompted the Libya attack?"
But "no one will ask him," he lamented.
Watch the segment via Fox News/Mediaite:
As a side note, at least one reporter on Friday did ask Obama some tough questions about the Benghazi attack. KUSA reporter Kyle Clark pressed the president to say whether requests for help during the attack were denied. However, he didn't get a straight answer as Obama dodged.
Clark also asked whether it was fair to make the American people wait until after the election for answers on Benghazi and inquired about Abound Solar, a Colorado company with ties to one of the president’s billionaire fundraisers. The company has since gone out of business and is now under criminal investigation.