Kurtz to O’Reilly: ‘Absolute Betrayal’ for Gates to Share Obama’s Private Conversations

Fox News media critic Howard Kurtz is not particularly comfortable with the new book by Robert Gates sharing private conversations involving President Obama, calling it an “absolute betrayal” from a normally “classy” man. He told O’Reilly that Gates can say whatever he wants on policy, but presidents need to be able to rely on good advice and not be worried the people in the room with him are fishing for their memoirs.

In particular, Kurtz was speaking of the discussion between President Obama and Hillary Clinton in which they admitted opposition to the Iraq War surge was political. Erick Erickson didn’t see any big problem with the book, since this happens all the time.

O’Reilly argued to Kurtz that Gates’ intention was to tell the American people that “a lot of the very, very touch decisions, life-and-death decisions, are being made by politics.” Kurtz pointed out that Gates didn’t exactly voice his issues while he was still in the Cabinet.

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

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