Fox News host Greta Van Susteren skewered the media Wednesday night for what she characterized as dismal coverage of the American Marine veteran imprisoned in Iran on spying charges.
"Let's all go off-the-record for a minute," Van Susteren said at the conclusion of her program. "Why is it just Montel Williams? Where is everyone? We have a U.S. Marine veteran Amir Hekmati being held by Iran in their worst prison known for torture and the only one I hear talking about it and showing outrage is Marine veteran Montel Williams."
"It's bad enough that we have a Marine veteran sitting in an Iranian prison and left behind, but now we are leaving Montel behind," the Fox News host added. "We should all be standing by and with Montel, helping him. Where is everyone?"
The Marine veteran has been held in the Islamic Republic for three years on charges that he was acting as a spy. The U.S. has called such accusations "false" and called on the government to "immediately release" him. His family said he was in the country visiting relatives when he was detained.
Van Susteren said that the "media is powerful" and should spotlight Hekmati's case.
"I'm not suggesting getting them out is easy — it is not," she said. "Iran is awful. But the job of the media should include putting the spotlight on our fellow Americans behind held in hostile territory — especially a Marine who has fought for us."
President Barack Obama did recently call for the release of Hekmati and other Americans being detained in Iran in a video marking the Nowruz holiday.
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