Earlier this morning, we reported that MSNBC chief Phil Griffin called Fox News a “disgrace” for not covering President Obama‘s Wednesday afternoon speech condemning Senate Republicans for killing the gun control measures he sought to pass. In response, Fox News has hit back by snarking that his comments are “ironic” given that Griffin “oversees one daily” at MSNBC.
In a statement responding to Griffin’s initial comments, the network took a full swipe at their left-leaning competitor:
“Phil’s network of partisan pundits have to rely on the talents of Brian Williams and NBC News to cover basic news events. So him calling anything a disgrace in regards to news coverage is ironic considering he oversees one daily.”
Meanwhile, Fox News Executive VP of news, Michael Clemente, released a statement of his own, explaining the network’s decision to run very little of the speech:
“Fox News has reported all sides of the gun debate — at length since well before the tragedy in Newtown, and we will continue to do so. Yesterday’s decision not carry the president’s statement live was made when we received the following from the White House press office ‘THE PRESIDENT delivers a statement on common sense measures to reduce gun violence.’ We’ve carried and reported on numerous Presidential speeches and ideas for reducing gun violence, as well as those from influentials on the other side of the issue.”
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