Skip to comments.Gabler: Cheney 'Doesn't Believe in Free Press', Shooting Was 'Idiocy'
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.
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Saw it ... what a paranoid blowhard!
Free press= We must know everything about everybody at all times.
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.
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.
I looooooathe that guy. What a smug piece of...work.
They just won't let it go, will they?
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.
There's one thing about the story and idocy that I'll agree with and that is Gabler. He needs a lot of help.
did he mention anything about the Barrett Report being scuddled by the rats???
Gabler and me should go hunting together...
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 Muhammads caricatures by European newspapers and urged countries concerned to convict the publishers.
So Clinton neither believes in freedom of speech or, apparently, having a little thing like a trial before actually convicting someone.
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.
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.
LOL I've felt that way about him myself.
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.
This isn't the first time Gabler's taken shots at Fox News, having famously called O'Reilly, Hannity and Gibson "demagogues."
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?
I saw that and thought he might get fired. Wishful thinking I guess.
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.
Ouch! I thought M&Ms were sweet ;-)
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.
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.
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.
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....
LOL...oooeeeee....I know I want to stay on your good side!!
I am all astonishment! You have a list for a celebrity plane crash?
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.
Hey get over yourselves Gregory and Gabler.
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
Nope .. and to be honest .. it's kind of scary at how unhinged they are ..
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
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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.
LOL...... Gabler still hasn't used that enema, eh?
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