When a guest calls a cable news host “dude” on air, he’s bound to face some pushback.
Ex-National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor appeared Thursday on Fox News’ “Special Report With Bret Baier” to discuss a newly released email that critics of the Obama administration say proves the White House sought to mislead the public about the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
Vietor argued the email, which laid out talking points for then-U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, “tells us nothing new” and correctly referenced anti-U.S. protests going on around the world at the time of the Benghazi attacks.
Host Bret Baier asked Vietor whether he personally changed the word “attack” to “demonstrations” in the talking points.
“Maybe, I don’t really remember. Dude, this was like two years ago,” Vietor said. “We’re still talking about the most mundane process–”
“Dude, it’s the thing that everybody’s talking about!” Baier objected.
“We’re talking about the process of editing talking points,” Vietor said. “That’s what bureaucrats do all day long. Your producers edit scripts multiple times.”
Vietor later clarified on Twitter that he was not dismissing the Benghazi attacks in his appearance on the program, but rather stating that he didn’t recall who edited the email.
If you watch the intv with @BretBaier, I'm clearly saying I don't remember who edited a document two years ago. Not dismissing the attacks.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) May 2, 2014
The White House also denied Wednesday that the newly released email was about the Benghazi attack.
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This post has been updated.