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Gabler: Cheney 'Doesn't Believe in Free Press', Shooting Was 'Idiocy'
Fox Media Watch/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 02/18/2006 6:40:24 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

February 18, 2006

Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, Neal Gabler's gotta take outlandish swipes at the Bush administration on Fox Media Watch. And, perhaps in a form of childish defiance, Gabler also has a penchant for biting the Fox hand that feeds him.

On tonight's episode, Gabler:

Claimed that Vice-President Cheney "doesn't believe in a free press."

Described the shooting accident as "idiocy" on the VP's part.

Accused Brit Hume of not asking the 'major question' in his interview of Cheney [having to do with the timing of notification].

Seconded the notion that the shooting might have been a 'conspiracy' and 'good PR' for purposes distracting attention from the latest Abu Ghraib photo release and other administration problems. Cal Thomas had floated the notion as a joke, but Gabler seemed to pick up on it seriously.'

Mocked Fox's objectivity, saying "when the Vice-President shoots somebody in the face, it's big news. I don't care where you live, even on Fox News, it's a big story."

Alright Neal, you've met your quota for the night. See you next week.


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: cheney; foxmediawatch; foxnews; gabler; shooting; whittington

1 posted on 02/18/2006 6:40:26 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Fox Media Watch/NewsBusters ping to Today Show ping list.


2 posted on 02/18/2006 6:41:10 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Saw it ... what a paranoid blowhard!


3 posted on 02/18/2006 6:41:35 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author:)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Free press= We must know everything about everybody at all times.

Stupid idjit.


4 posted on 02/18/2006 6:42:23 PM PST by sandbar
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Yeah, Neal, Cheny's hunting accident is feeding-frenzy material. But when a sitting Democrat President is credibly accused of rape the media can sit on it silently for months and months.


5 posted on 02/18/2006 6:42:56 PM PST by Dilbert56
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I have already sent my e-mail to the show! Neal made a huge faux paux... he opined that this administartion treats the media as if they're in left field. BINGO, Neal. They are in LEFT field.


6 posted on 02/18/2006 6:43:00 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I looooooathe that guy. What a smug piece of...work.


7 posted on 02/18/2006 6:43:17 PM PST by tsmith130
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

They just won't let it go, will they?


8 posted on 02/18/2006 6:44:08 PM PST by Rebelbase (President Bush is a Texas jackass when it comes to Border security .)
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To: STARWISE
what a paranoid blowhard!

What a perfect description of Gabler. He comes off like an also-ran who can't believe he isn't recognized as a great movie critic, so he tried "social criticism" or whatever, and now he's flopping THAT.

He has never said a memorable, original thing, on any subject, ever.

9 posted on 02/18/2006 6:44:17 PM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: governsleastgovernsbest


There's one thing about the story and idocy that I'll agree with and that is Gabler. He needs a lot of help.


10 posted on 02/18/2006 6:44:39 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

did he mention anything about the Barrett Report being scuddled by the rats???


11 posted on 02/18/2006 6:44:40 PM PST by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Gabler and me should go hunting together...


12 posted on 02/18/2006 6:45:42 PM PST by Supernatural (All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie! bob dylan)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Neal Gabler: It's not Cheney who doesn't believe in a free press but rather Bill Clinton.

Former US president Bill Clinton on Friday condemned the publication of Prophet Muhammad’s caricatures by European newspapers and urged countries concerned to convict the publishers.

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1580801/posts

So Clinton neither believes in freedom of speech or, apparently, having a little thing like a trial before actually convicting someone.


13 posted on 02/18/2006 6:45:46 PM PST by Peach
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I saw this tonight and I wished for "feel-a-vision". I wished I could reach through the screen and slap his silly bearded face. What a weenie! I'll bet he has never even touched a shotgun much less hunted with one.


14 posted on 02/18/2006 6:48:47 PM PST by Ditter
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To: All

I'd add that, in the talking-head corollary to Gresham's Law, Gabler's bad punditry drives good punditry out of circulation, as he regularly seems to get more than his fair share of air time.


15 posted on 02/18/2006 6:49:51 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: Ditter


LOL I've felt that way about him myself.


16 posted on 02/18/2006 6:53:44 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
If headcase Gabler ever loses his job, he'd be on welfare in a heartbeat.

How DO these untalented useless wussie skanks get jobs on TV and how do they stay there?

I think they're all secret sons and jobless nephews of TV corporate bigwigs. There's no other reason.

Leni

17 posted on 02/18/2006 6:54:28 PM PST by MinuteGal (Sail the Bounding Main to the Balmy, Palmy Caribbean on FReeps Ahoy 4. Register Now!)
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To: All

This isn't the first time Gabler's taken shots at Fox News, having famously called O'Reilly, Hannity and Gibson "demagogues."

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1533543/posts


18 posted on 02/18/2006 6:55:20 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: STARWISE

I turned it off when I saw it coming on. I can only guess that show is FNC's tip of the hat to the Old Media?


19 posted on 02/18/2006 6:58:57 PM PST by JLS
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I saw that and thought he might get fired. Wishful thinking I guess.


20 posted on 02/18/2006 7:08:40 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

One of the reasons that I love Saturday mass is that I miss seeing Neil Gabler, who is on my list for the celebrity plane crash.


21 posted on 02/18/2006 7:12:57 PM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: Miss Marple

Ouch! I thought M&Ms were sweet ;-)


22 posted on 02/18/2006 7:14:34 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: JLS
I turned it off when I saw it coming on. I can only guess that show is FNC's tip of the hat to the Old Media?

Your policy is a mistake, IMHO.

I suffer through the contemptible Gabbler so that I can hear Jim Pinkerton, one of the smartest, bravest, and most UNDERexposed voices of commentary we have on the right.

23 posted on 02/18/2006 7:22:21 PM PST by LK44-40
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
On tonight's episode, Gabler: Claimed that Vice-President Cheney "doesn't believe in a free press."

You know what? I don't believe in one either the way they are spilling the Secrets of this nation into the streets!! TREASON from the MSM.

24 posted on 02/18/2006 7:38:22 PM PST by p23185
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To: LK44-40

I have to admit a number of times I have turned it off on the early airing only to watch it during the later showing. For some reason I can never seem to find the beginning of the early showing of The Beltway Boys so I watch the late version and then often watch more for Pinkerton than Cal.


25 posted on 02/18/2006 7:41:09 PM PST by JLS
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To: Peach

Yeah, but.....you notice that NO ONE on that show really tries to rebut his foolishness and lies...

At least when Juan Williams says stupid stuff...Brit or someone else slaps him down, or at least points out the fallacy of his arguement..

Cal Thomas makes some good points...but never even attempts to correct Gabler's stuff....Jane is a, a, LIB...and Pinkerton is a weird egg...that sometimes makes sense, sometimes doesn't..

The only thing that could make that panel worse, would be to add Robert Novak....


26 posted on 02/18/2006 7:44:40 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Miss Marple

LOL...oooeeeee....I know I want to stay on your good side!!


27 posted on 02/18/2006 7:46:08 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Miss Marple

I am all astonishment! You have a list for a celebrity plane crash?


28 posted on 02/18/2006 7:47:42 PM PST by Freedom is eternally right
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
He talked about how Cheney's behavior reflected his (low) regard for the press.

But Gabler revealed his own (egotistical) view when he said that Cheney doesn't realize that he is ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PRESS!

I thought he was accountable to the PEOPLE (voters) and the CONSTITUTION.

The Press!?

Hey get over yourselves Gregory and Gabler.

29 posted on 02/18/2006 7:51:41 PM PST by DrNo
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Mocked Fox's objectivity, saying "when the Vice-President shoots somebody in the face, it's big news. I don't care where you live, even on Fox News, it's a big story."

Hey Neal .. nice try in changing the topic

No one said it wasn't news .. or even big news

What many have been talking about is the CHILDISH and UNPROFESSIONAL behavior from many in the DC Press Corp

30 posted on 02/18/2006 7:58:06 PM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: Rebelbase
They just won't let it go, will they?

Nope .. and to be honest .. it's kind of scary at how unhinged they are ..

31 posted on 02/18/2006 8:02:29 PM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: Txsleuth

I used to watch that panel religiously and if we went out on Saturday nights, I'd tape it. Now I just ignore it like ABC evening news. LOL


32 posted on 02/19/2006 2:51:29 AM PST by Peach
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; All

Thanks for working the weekends. FReeper comments are outstanding!


33 posted on 02/19/2006 3:29:22 AM PST by PGalt
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To: PGalt; Txsleuth

My pleasure, PG. There is a certain perverse entertainment value to Gabler. I do agree with the Txsleuth who said he wishes someone on the panel would counter Gabler's arguments more aggressively, though.


34 posted on 02/19/2006 3:48:33 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: STARWISE; governsleastgovernsbest
the notion that the shooting might have been a 'conspiracy' and 'good PR' for purposes distracting attention from the latest Abu Ghraib photo release

LOL...... Gabler still hasn't used that enema, eh?

35 posted on 02/19/2006 5:55:10 AM PST by beyond the sea (Let's give them something to talk about............. howaboutlovelovelove?)
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