Fox News host Megyn Kelly admitted on Wednesday that the conservative network’s coverage of that day’s Benghazi hearings had been a “little lopsided” after Democratic lawmakers were repeatedly cut off for commercial breaks.
Following opening statements, Fox News aired all of the questions House Oversight Committee Chair Darrel Issa (R-CA) had for the witnesses he had called, but the network cut to former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton for reaction when Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MA) began presenting his questions.
Users on Twitter complained as they noticed a pattern each time Fox News cut away from the hearings.
“HILARIOUS Fox News taking a commerical break during Democrats #Benghazi questions…,” Unitedliberals tweeted. “Fox News instead of airing Carolyn Maloney’s questions during #Benghazi hearing they are RE-airing clips from 20 minutes ago #LOL.”
“Fox News coverage @ Benghazi hearing/ no interruption of Republican spkrs, commercials and commentary ovr Democrats. Fair and balanced? BS!” Kevin Larkin wrote.
After over three hours of hearings, Fox News Megyn Kelly acknowledged that the coverage had not been fair and balanced.
“We’re trying to get in our commercial breaks here and now we’re getting a little lopsided in terms of the Democrats versus the Republicans, so we’re going to try to rectify that for you after the break,” she promised.
In fact, Fox News only provided another 10 minutes of live video from the hearings during the next hour. Instead, the network asked Bolton and Fox News host Oliver North to comment.
Arturo Garcia contributed to this report.
Watch this video from Fox News, broadcast May 8, 2013.