Pete Hegseth Brags to Mike Pence That Fox News Only Network to Cover Return of U.S. War Dead


Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Pete Hegseth had a one-on-one interview with Vice President Mike Pence in Hawaii for the return of the remains of American service members killed in the Korean War.

The somber interview — from the ceremony in Honolulu marking the return of 55 cases believed to contain the remains of U.S. service members from North Korea — was fitting. That is, except for one bizarrely crass and opportunistic moment — when Hegseth swiped at rival networks CNN and MSNBC, while bragging to the vice president that Fox News was the only cable network to cover the ceremony.

“Also couldn’t help but notice that if you were watching television there was only one network, this network, Fox News Channel, covering that ceremony,” Hegseth said on Fox & Friends on Thursday. “Other networks choosing to cover other priorities.”

“I asked the vice president, what does that say about our nation right now?” Hegseth, an Army veteran, continued. “And he answered this way.”

Pence proceeded to give the sort of mindlessly rote response he’s become unremarkable for, as Trump’s No. 2:

I think there’s a lot of people in the so-called mainstream media that would do well to spend a little bit more time traveling across this country and listening to the American people. Because, frankly, as I travel, on behalf of this administration, meeting with groups large and small, I sense a great enthusiasm across the country. What I see people focused on is security at home and abroad. They’re focused on jobs and opportunities. They’re focused on ensuring that our courts respect the Constitution of the United States and all the god-given liberties enshrined there. People see when it comes to President Donald Trump it really has been a year and a half of promises made and promises kept.

Aside from the shameless self-promotion, Hegseth’s claim is wrong. CNN covered the return of the remains repeatedly on Wednesday, with live shots from the airbase in South Korea they were flying from, and coverage of Pence’s speech on Erin Burnett‘s prime time show:

Hegseth then conceded on Fox & Friends that CNN had covered the ceremony, but made clear MSNBC did not.

“I think if you are in tune with the pulse of the American people, patriotism runs deep,” Hegseth said. “They want things like this beamed into their living room. I’m proud of Fox News Channel for covering it the way they should.”

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