Petraeus Will Retreat to Fox News Following Testimony

This post, written by Steve Benen, originally appeared on The Carpetbagger Report

Given that he's working hand-in-hand with the White House's public-relations team, Gen. David Petraeus enters today's congressional testimony as an advocate for the president's policy, not a neutral and objective observer. To reinforce this belief, Petraeus has decided to spend some of his evening today with the "fair and balanced" team at Fox News.
After spending the day telling Congress that President Bush's Iraq escalation should continue, Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker will take their PR campaign to a more comfortable setting: Fox News.
On Fox News Sunday this morning, host Chris Wallace announced the interview: "Now a special program note. Tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern on the Fox News Channel, Brit [Hume] will have an exclusive interview with General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker about the state of the Iraq war and their testimony to Congress. Please be sure to watch."
This isn't an entirely new concern. In July, Petraeus chatted with far-right activist and blogger Hugh Hewitt, prompting Andrew Sullivan to note, "There's concern [Petraeus is] not a disinterested party in a critical debate. There is worry that by talking to partisans like Hugh Hewitt, he will only undermine his credibility."

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.