During an interview with Fox News Nov. 26, veteran defense reporter Thomas Ricks said the network "is operating as a wing of the Republican Party."
The interview then ended abruptly after about 90 seconds, despite the fact it was slated for three minutes, according to the New York Times.
Fox anchor Jon Scott asked the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a former military reporter about his new book "The Generals" about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Sen. John McCain and other Republican senators have been highly critical of the Obama administration, and particularly, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's handling of the attacks.
The Times said according to The Washington Post and Media Matters, Fox News has devoted a disproportionate about of time to the Sept. 11 Benghazi attacks and suggestions there was a cover-up compared with the other mainstream TV networks.
"I think Benghazi was generally hyped by this network especially," Ricks told Fox News.
"When you have four people dead for the first time in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?" Scott argued.
Ricks, who characterized the Libya attack as a "small fire-fight" compared with the war in Iraq, concluded "I think the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox is operating as the wing of the Republican Party."