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TV News To Cover (And Possibly Be Part Of) Benghazi Hearing

This morning starting at 11:30, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on what exactly happened during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the deaths of four people, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.

Fox News and CNN are planning live coverage of the hearings, with CNN bringing in Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, Wolf Blitzer and Arwa Damon to join the coverage. Fox News will have Bret Baier, Congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel, chief Washington correspondent James Rosen and Fox News contributor and Amb. John Bolton contributing.

Interestingly enough, it is quite likely that the Sunday public affairs shows will be part of the story. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice appeared on the network Sunday shows and argued that the attack was spontaneous and not premeditated. That now appears not to be the case, and some State Department officials say they knew that all along.

Elsewhere, The Washington Post profiles CBS News correspondent Sharyl Atkisson as “a persistent voice of media skepticism on Benghazi.”
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Fox News Contributors Have Conflicts, But No Disclosure

Ah, cable television “contributors.” They can be anyone, and talk about anything, and can often be a real pain in the side of some TV executives. Back in July, we noted that CNN analyst David Gergen routinely spoke about and praised Bain Capital on the network, without noting that he had a business relationship with the company, and had benefited from it financially.

Now liberal media watchdog group Media Matters notes that a number of “contributors” to Fox News are also advisers or members of the Romney Presidential campaign, but are not identified as such when talking about the campaign or Romney. Among them: Pete Snyder, Walid Phares, Elaine Chao and John Bolton.

Having a contributor with a conflict of interest on is not in and of itself a problem, but not disclosing that conflict can lead to misinformed viewers.