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The Ticker: Steinberg, Ricks, Regan…

  • The Weather Company has named Jeremy Steinberg senior vice president for digital ad sales. Steinberg comes from Fox News, where he has been VP of digital sales and business development for FNC and FBN since 2001.
  • Turns out Tom Ricks, whose Fox News appearance ended abruptly after he accused FNC of “hyping” the Benghazi attack, has problems with MSNBC too. The Washington Post reports he declined an invitation to appear: “I said, ‘You’re just like Fox, but not as good at it.’ They wrote back and said, ‘Thank you for your candor.’”
  • Trish Regan is hosting a fiscal cliff summit on her 4pmET Bloomberg program this afternoon. Regan will interview a panel of prominent guests on how the economic, defense and financial industries are preparing.
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Fox News: Tom Ricks Apologized For Comments. Ricks: No, I Didn’t

Yesterday we noted an interview which saw veteran war journalist Tom Ricks accuse Fox News of “hyping” the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, and FNC cutting his interview short. FNC executive VP of news Michael Clemente told The Hollywood Reporter that Ricks apologized off-air:

“When Mr. Ricks ignored the anchor’s question, it became clear that his goal was to bring attention to himself — and his book,” Clemente said in an e-mail to THR. “He apologized in our offices afterward but doesn’t have the strength of character to do that publicly.”

Ricks, who is in the middle of a publicity tour for his book The Generals, disputed that claim, telling THR:

“Please ask Mr. Clemente what the words of my supposed apology were. I’d be interested to know,” he said. “Frankly, I don’t remember any such apology.”

Update: Clemente calls Ricks’ response “utterly dishonest,” and told TVNewser what Ricks told FNC staffers after his segment:

“I’m surprised by the General’s utter dishonesty,” Clemente says. “I’ll refresh his memory – what he said following the segment was, ‘Sorry… I’m tired from a non-stop book tour.’ Perhaps now he can finally get some rest.”

Fox News Pulls Plug On Interview After Guest Criticizes Network

Veteran defense reporter Tom Ricks (who was on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” yesterday to talk about coverage of General Petraeus) had an interview on Fox News cut short after he criticized the channel on-air.

Ricks was there to talk about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. During the interview he said that “Benghazi generally was hyped, by this network especially.”

Ricks added:

I think, No. 1, I’ve covered a lot of firefights, it’s impossible to figure out what happens in them sometimes. And second, I think that the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox was operating as a wing of the Republican party.”

Anchor Jon Scott ended the interview after that comment. Ricks told the New York TimesBrian Stelter that the segment was supposed to be about twice as long, and that an FNC staffer says he was “rude” after he was off-air. Video of the exchange, after the jump.

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