Fox News responded the same way a scolded toddler would.
It’s no secret that The New York Times occupies a very different place on the media spectrum than Fox News, but after a recent “Fox & Friends” segment, the newspaper isn’t willing to chalk up serious allegations to a simple difference of opinion — it’s calling the implications “malicious and inaccurate” and demanding an apology.
The conservative news program recently aired a segment that implied The New York Times’ report of leaked information allowed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to “sneak away under cover of darkness” upon learning that the U.S. military was “close” to him. The show’s discussion centered on a recent Fox News piece quoting Gen. Tony Thomas that news of the military’s proximity was “leaked in a prominent national newspaper,” alerting al-Baghdadi.
The New York Times addressed the issue in question in the same statement that calls for an apology.
New York Times has asked fox and friends for an apology https://t.co/QIoqXnqwmK— Hadas Gold (@Hadas Gold)1500839424.0
Fox News offered a curiously worded statement regarding the Times’ request for an apology that seemed to skirt the outlets’ corrections and focus on a “hyperventilating” New York Times.
Fox News statement on NYT request for apology. https://t.co/hteq1ixHoB— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘)1500872002.0
The nature of Fox News’ response didn’t escape the attention of many, including CNN Money, which offered up this tweet on the media company’s reluctance to own up to a mistake.
Sorry seems to be the hardest word for @FoxNews...at least as far as the @nytimes is concerned. https://t.co/LVRtH8Avgn— CNN Business (@CNN Business)1500915773.0
Others are simply suggesting that Fox News should offer daily apologies for their treatment of journalism in furthering a right-wing narrative. It’s a long shot, but still something worth pursuing.
@politico Fox News owes the American people an apology...daily!— Paula #boycottNRA 🚫 (@Paula #boycottNRA 🚫)1500861708.0