NEW YORK – Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin couldn’t help herself when she recently followed a retired US Army colonel on the airwaves, saying she barely had had time to correct all his “distortions”.
She tried, however. And it wasn’t the first or the last time.
Griffin, who has reported for Fox News Channel since 1996, has drawn attention over the past two weeks by publicly correcting or contradicting several Fox analysts and hosts about the Ukraine crisis. When Tucker Carlson suggested this week that some reporters are acting like flacks for the Pentagon, some interpreted that as criticism of his colleague.
Meanwhile, former Fox host Bill O’Reilly singled out Griffin as a bold reporter who isn’t afraid to challenge others.
Griffin says her efforts are consistent with what she has always tried to do for 25 years, both on the air and behind the scenes at Fox News.
“I think you want your experts, in today’s media environment, to be passionate about what they know and feel about the facts,” said Steve Krakauer, author of The Fourth. Watch, a media newsletter with a conservative view. “I want them to be in history.”
Griffin knows her beat as much as anyone in journalism and her real-time fact checks are a valuable public service, as long as she doesn’t get caught up in the mud of partisan debate, he said Thursday.
Griffin pushed back on comments from Sean Hannity, Steve Doocy, Harris Faulkner and Greg Gutfeld during appearances on their own shows. After Hannity criticized President Joe Biden on Ukraine policy, Griffin noted that every president since the fall of the Soviet Union has made mistakes there. Doocy argued on “Fox & Friends” that sanctions haven’t worked against Russia; Griffin said it was too early to tell. When Faulkner also asked if sanctions were enough of a step, Griffin said sending troops to the area would have given Putin an excuse to invade. She said it was “not a fuss situation” when Gutfeld suggested on “The Five” that the Ukraine crisis was fabricated.
Last Sunday, she clashed with retired US Army Brigadier General Don Bolduc after he said it “amazes me” that the US hasn’t already done “everything” on Ukraine. Griffin said Bolduc was a politician, not a history student.
“To suggest that the United States would put indirect fire or special ops or the CIA on the ground to give Putin any excuse to expand this conflict is extremely dangerous talk at a time like this,” said Griffin.
Earlier today, she was interviewed by Trey Gowdy after an appearance by retired US Army Col. Doug Macgregor, who urged the US to stay out of Ukraine and not ship to her. of weapons. He said the Russians should be allowed to annex the part of Ukraine that interests them the most.
When Griffin followed up, she said she needed to correct some of what Macgregor said, “and I’m not sure 10 minutes is enough because there’s so much distortion.” She said Macgregor sounded like a Putin apologist. “That kind of projection of withdrawal and weakness is what made Putin believe he could settle in a sovereign country,” she said.
Macgregor, in a later radio appearance, criticized Griffin for offering a “standard neo-con narrative” drawing a comparison to the appeasement of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s. He called it a “trope tired” that had nothing to do with today’s people and events.
Two days after appearing on Gowdy’s show, Macgregor was invited as a primetime guest star by Tucker Carlson. Carlson’s show is usually the most-watched show on Fox.
“Unlike so many so-called reporters you see on TV, he’s not secretly acting as a flack for (Defense Secretary) Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon,” Carlson said in his introduction. “No, Doug Macgregor is an honest man.”
Was that a hit on Griffin? Carlson did not specify which reporters he was referring to, and Fox News did not provide clarification. He hasn’t been afraid to confront colleagues in the past; Carlson and Shepard Smith had a memorable tiff before Smith left the network in 2019.
Griffin also did not respond to a message seeking comment.