Fox News Ditches Obama Presser Because Reporters Not Asking About Benghazi (VIDEO)

Fox News stopped airing President Barack Obama’s joint press conference Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel because, the network said, reporters weren’t asking him about Benghazi.

The topic has animated the conservative news network, and especially so Friday because Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) had just announced the House will vote to establish a select committee to investigate the Obama administration’s response to the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate that left four Americans dead.

When cutting away from the news conference, Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner was quite blunt about the fact that Benghazi was all Fox wanted to discuss at that moment.

“If in fact somebody throws him a question on this topic, we’ll go back to that joint news conference with Angela Merkel and you could hear the translation points. We’re going to move on here with what is breaking,” Faulkner said.

The president wasn’t asked about Benghazi, and the network didn’t return to the joint press conference with the two U.S. and German leaders.

By contrast, MSNBC and CNN carried Obama’s news conference from start to finish.

The president discussed Russia and Ukraine, U.S.-Germany relations, National Security Agency spying and the recent botched execution in Oklahoma.

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