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NPR Badgers Lynne Cheney on Daughter
NewsMax ^ | February 18, 2005 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 02/18/2005 1:46:55 PM PST by Stoat

 
NPR Badgers Lynne Cheney on Daughter

It didn't get much attention - probably because National Public Radio has so few listeners - but the taxpayer-funded network's Terry Gross recently tried to pull a John Kerry on second lady Lynne Cheney, by repeatedly hectoring her about her gay daughter Mary during a Feb. 9 interview.

After saying she knew Mrs. Cheney didn't want to discuss her daughter's private life, Gross proceeded to do just that, peppering the second lady with one question after another about the proposed constitutional gay marriage amendment and its impact on parents of gay children.

 
Mrs. Cheney, who was invited on the show to discuss her new book, "When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots," actually responded to the initial inquiry with a fairly detailed answer (see full transcript below). But the NPR host wasn't satisfied and kept pounding away on the issue.

Here's a snippet from folks who used to maintain that the private lives of elected officials are none of the public's business:

GROSS: When [President Bush] said that this amendment would be for the good of children, families and society, I couldn't help but wonder if parents of gays and lesbians would see it as being good for their families. And ...

CHENEY: I don't support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and I'll leave it right there.

GROSS: Is it because of the issue of gay marriage itself or is it because it should just be a state issue and not ...

CHENEY: Terry, I don't support the idea of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and I will leave it right there.

GROSS: Just one more question about the position that you're in.

CHENEY: Terry, I really think that we came hear to discuss history more than current events and I've made my position clear.

GROSS: Is it difficult to be in a position where you're different from the president?

CHENEY: Well, not too difficult, since I've done it - how many times now in the last ten minutes? Perhaps six? I've made my position clear. END OF EXCERPT

We trust that the next time Sen. Clinton pops in for a sit-down at NPR, Ms. Gross and her colleagues will be equally tenacious about why - to pick a topic at random - neither Hillary nor her husband have ever responded to questions about Juanita Broaddrick's sexual assault allegation.

The full Cheney-Gross exchange went like this:

GROSS: I don't want to ask you any questions about your daughter Mary because I know that you don't like to do anything that would be an invasion of her privacy. But I do want to ask your position as the mother of a gay daughter, because I think this impacts on public policy, and on the lives ...

CHENEY: How?

GROSS: Well, because the Republican Party and the President of the United States has [sic] called for a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage. And because that would impact, not only the lives of gays and lesbians, but the lives of parents of gays and lesbians, I think that it would be interesting to hear your position on that constitutional amendment.

Now I know you've said you think the issue should be left to the states [but] I'd be interested to hear what you think about the issue of banning gay marriage, since it's not only an important issue in the party - you know, the president spoke about it in the State of the Union - um, and, you know, it was an important issue, I think, in getting out the evangelist vote.

CHENEY: I don't support an amendment to the Constitution banning gay marriage.

GROSS: Could you tell me why?

CHENEY: Well, I think it's a matter that should be left to the states. As a conservative I don't support constitutional amendments in general unless the cause is clear and evident. The issue here is that some people think a constitutional amendment is necessary in order to preserve the right for the states. I happen to not to come down on that side of the issue. And, indeed, there are many Republicans who do.

If you looked at our national convention, for example, among the prominent speakers - Governor Schwarzenegger, Rudy Giuliani - feel the same way. It's not an issue that sets the Republican Party apart in one great mass. It's an issue where people differ.

GROSS: In his State of the Union address, President Bush said that because marriage is a sacred institution and the foundation of society, it should not be redefined by activist judges. "For the good of families, children and society, I support a constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage."

When he said that this amendment would be for the good of children, families and society, I couldn't help but wonder if parent of gays and lesbians would see it as being good for their families. And ...

CHENEY: I don't support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and I'll leave it right there.

GROSS: Is it because of the issue of gay marriage itself or is it because it should just be a state issue and not ...

CHENEY: Terry, I don't support the idea of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and I will leave it right there.

GROSS: Just one more question about the position that you're in.

CHENEY: Terry, I really think that we came hear to discuss history more than current events and I've made my position clear.

GROSS: Is it difficult to be in a position where you're different from the president?

CHENEY: Well, not too difficult, since I've done it - how many times now in the last ten minutes? Perhaps six? I've made my position clear.

 



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KEYWORDS: cheney; defundnpr; dyke; gay; gaystapo; jackasses; lesbian; liberaltalkradio; lynnecheney; marycheney; npr; pervert; selfishhedonist; terrygross
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1 posted on 02/18/2005 1:46:58 PM PST by Stoat
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To: Stoat

NPR -- Never Praise Repulicans


2 posted on 02/18/2005 1:52:06 PM PST by pikachu (BE alert -- we need more lerts!)
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To: Stoat

WHAT!!!!

The left NEVER asked a hard question of Tipper and certainly didn't ask about her son's sexuality. Or his arrest(s) for pot use or DWI (I've forgotten which it was).


5 posted on 02/18/2005 1:59:53 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Stoat
Less than 5 responses and already multiple trolls...
6 posted on 02/18/2005 2:00:07 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead (I believe in American Exceptionalism! Do you?)
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To: Gnome Chomsky

Nice try, but it's obvious Kerry's comments on this hurt him more than any Cheney family member.


7 posted on 02/18/2005 2:01:10 PM PST by jennyjenny
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To: Joe Magnolia

Perhaps maybe, because this is her daughter and she may love her? If she were mine, I wouldn't disown her jsut because she behaves in a way I may not agree with. If that is your chioce, fine. But not everyone believes that way you do.

Your reply was, actually, disgusting.


8 posted on 02/18/2005 2:01:39 PM PST by highlandbreeze
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To: Peach

Well, this is NPR. Would you really expect any different.?


9 posted on 02/18/2005 2:02:48 PM PST by highlandbreeze
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To: Texas_Jarhead
Less than 5 responses and already multiple trolls...
 

The Left only has hysteria and recycled Marxism to work with.  This is what a dying ideology looks like.

10 posted on 02/18/2005 2:03:08 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

Here is NPR's take on the matter from their ombudsman... http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?columnId=2781901


Lynn Cheney on 'Fresh Air with Terry Gross'

One bright spot in an otherwise fraught week was on NPR's Fresh Air.

On Thursday, Feb. 10, Terry Gross interviewed Lynn Cheney, author, conservative and wife of the vice president.

Mrs. Cheney was there in part to talk about a history book she has authored. She spoke about how Americans should have a better sense of their own history, the story of America is one of progress and freedom, and she spoke about how Americans should take pride in the accomplishments of the country. The interview also covered her critique of how history is taught, the influence of the women's movement on her own life and career, and what it was like to grow up in a small Wyoming town.

Some listeners did complain, though. When Terry Gross moved the interview to conservative positions on gay rights, listener Doug Jorrey wrote:

It was very clear to me that Ms. Gross had an agenda for the interview that was much different than what was promised. Her comment to Mrs. Cheney that "I know you don't like to talk specifically about your daughter's sexuality BUT..."' was typical ambush journalism. I found this and other attempts to pull Mrs. Cheney (out) of the closet on gays and faith to be childish and far beyond the scope of the promised discussion. Does Ms. Gross always do this with folks she doesn't agree with? It's poor journalism, and probably the reason why I don't often listen to Fresh Air.

Tough, But Respectful

A few listeners, such as Dulce McLeod, disagreed and thought it was a tough but respectful interview with a very articulate spokesperson for the conservative side:

Terry Gross is the type of interviewer that asks the right questions. It is sometimes uncomfortable to hear them but appreciate her spunk.

Danny Miller is the executive producer of Fresh Air:

It was frankly not surprising that Ms. Cheney was less enthusiastic discussing other topics in the news (in particular: the call for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, how that issue impacted on the election, and the Buster controversy). While we respect Ms. Cheney's desire for privacy specifically in regard to her daughter Mary (no questions were asked about her), that doesn't mean that the entire topic of gay rights and gay marriage was off the table. Many Americans are interested in what a public figure with Ms. Cheney's influence would have to say on these topics, especially given the fact that one of her children is gay. And for the record, our producer Amy Salit made it clear over the course of several phone calls with Lynne Cheney's office that we would talk about her children's book, but that other issues would be covered as well.

I also thought there were moments when Terry Gross was too persistent in her questioning of Mrs. Cheney. But overall, I thought it was a model of how good public radio interviews can be when people in the public spotlight need to be held to account.

Unlike Bill O'Reilly in a Fresh Air interview some months ago, Mrs. Cheney did not run away. She stood her ground, and so did Terry Gross. It was tough and nobody blinked.

That accounts for the tension many listeners felt during the 38-minute interview.

I felt it, too, but I couldn't stop listening.

Good job.

11 posted on 02/18/2005 2:03:22 PM PST by Drango (FReepmal me to get on/off the *NPR/PBS* ping list)
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To: Joe Magnolia

Why does Lynne Cheney have to "publicly repudiate her daughter's perverted lifestyle"? To satisfy people like you? That's moronic.


12 posted on 02/18/2005 2:03:23 PM PST by mwp99
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To: Stoat

I suspect Terry Gross is a dyke.


13 posted on 02/18/2005 2:06:14 PM PST by demlosers
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To: Joe Magnolia
The daughter made her own choice. Why does Lynne Cheney "deserve" anything? What if your kid (assuming you have one) screws up and does something really dumb? Say, steals a car on a lark and gets in trouble with the law. Do you "deserve" it? We are all sinners in the eyes of God. No one sin is worse than another in His eyes--only in our eyes. We rank sin for our own comfort. Perhaps a bit of kindness and understanding might go further toward turning the daughter away from her choice than calling her a sinner and a pervert. We have ALL fallen short. Everyone.
14 posted on 02/18/2005 2:06:19 PM PST by artzboy (Just a redneck in search of truth and beauty.)
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To: mwp99

If some Democrats opposed their party leaders on abortion, said that there were differing views within the party on this important social issue, they'd win more elections. They're monolithic on that issue and chase away an entire voting bloc.


15 posted on 02/18/2005 2:07:09 PM PST by jjmcgo
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To: Peach

Is the junior Gore a sodomite?


16 posted on 02/18/2005 2:08:12 PM PST by Meldrim
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To: Stoat
I'm assuming this was a live broadcast. In this case, it's easy to shut down the interviewer.

GROSS: I don't want to ask you any questions about your daughter Mary...

CHENEY: I hope everyone takes time to read my book because public schools over the years have failed to educate our children about how our great nation came into existence.

Seriously, what's the interviewer going to do at that point? Especially if every question he asks about Mrs. Cheney's daughter is met with a critique of the public school system, or the way we view history, or... well you get the idea.

17 posted on 02/18/2005 2:08:23 PM PST by gieriscm
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To: demlosers
Terry Gross

Lesbian?

18 posted on 02/18/2005 2:09:48 PM PST by demlosers
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To: Drango
Here is NPR's take on the matter from their ombudsman

Thanks very much for your post....it reminds me of why it's a complete waste of time to listen to NPR.  The endless snide, condescending remarks about conservatives make it clear that they have no interest in even a passing glance in the direction of objectivity.

I'm constantly amazed that the Left thought that they weren't getting their side of arguments out to the public and felt the need to form Air(head) America....what's the point, when there's already NPR doing it?

 

19 posted on 02/18/2005 2:11:11 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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GROSS: Is it difficult to be in a position where you're different from the president?

CHENEY: Well, not too difficult, since I've done it - how many times now in the last ten minutes? Perhaps six? I've made my position clear.

Gotta love Mrs. C

20 posted on 02/18/2005 2:11:13 PM PST by jla
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To: Drango

"when people in the public spotlight need to be held to account."

Why does Lynne Cheney "need" to be held to account? She is not an elected official. She is the wife of an elected official. I don't see any tough interviews of Mrs. Dean, Mr. Pelosi, Mr. Boxer or the latest Mrs. Kennedy.


21 posted on 02/18/2005 2:11:25 PM PST by jjmcgo
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To: Stoat

There are about 100 Republican congress critters that vote with the rats to fund PBS/NPR. I sure wish Mrs Cheney would have a talk with them...


23 posted on 02/18/2005 2:14:08 PM PST by Drango (FReepmal me to get on/off the *NPR/PBS* ping list)
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To: Joe Magnolia

Judging from the transcript, Terry Gross has an abnormal
obsession with lesbians.

Maybe she was fishing for an invite to dinner.


24 posted on 02/18/2005 2:14:20 PM PST by plangent
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To: demlosers

She looks like Peter Pan.


25 posted on 02/18/2005 2:14:43 PM PST by what's up
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To: Stoat

I've always wondered what the host would do if he/she continues to ask inane, belligerent or otherwise nasty questions that the guest has steered away from for any reason, and then the guest just sat there in the studio, quietly, refusing to answer a question he/she already refused to answer.

One thing a radio host cannot tolerate is dead air.


26 posted on 02/18/2005 2:14:58 PM PST by GretchenM (God doesn't ask us to live perfectly. He just asks us to trust Him and obey. - Joyce Meyer)
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To: demlosers

I don't know if she is a lesbian, but she sure does resemble lil tinkerbell, Ronnie Reagan.


27 posted on 02/18/2005 2:15:59 PM PST by jennyjenny
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To: Joe Magnolia
Hello,

My son is 7, and should I find myself the mother of a homosexual sometime in the future, I will continue to love him. It would not be my choice for his life, but I would not turn my back on my child. The fact that you believe that Mrs. Cheney should speaks volumes about you.

Glad to be here, MOgirl
28 posted on 02/18/2005 2:16:05 PM PST by MOgirl (My tag line is gone, how weird...)
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To: demlosers

You have to ask?


29 posted on 02/18/2005 2:16:09 PM PST by highlandbreeze
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To: Joe Magnolia

well, we're all sinners and ought to be repudiating all the awful things we have done, are doing, and will do that necessitated Jesus dying on the cross for us


30 posted on 02/18/2005 2:16:46 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Look! Jimmy Carter! History's greatest monster!)
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To: Joe Magnolia

You may lose your child is it, however it will not change his/her behavior. Personally, I'd rather have my child, warts and all.

I think Alan Keyes is very wrong.


31 posted on 02/18/2005 2:17:40 PM PST by highlandbreeze
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To: demlosers

"Lesbian?"

Since there has been already a lot of bashing on this thread, let me just say: Ms. Gross looks MUCH BETTER when she's smiling.


32 posted on 02/18/2005 2:17:48 PM PST by jocon307 (Vote George Washington for the #1 spot)
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To: Joe Magnolia

Hate the sin...love the sinner. You're ridiculous.


33 posted on 02/18/2005 2:19:42 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Stoat
We trust that the next time Sen. Clinton pops in for a sit-down at NPR, Ms. Gross and her colleagues will be equally tenacious about why - to pick a topic at random - neither Hillary nor her husband have ever responded to questions about Juanita Broaddrick's sexual assault allegation.

Hell, I'd be happy if someone, anyone, would ask Hill and Bill how they feel about their daughter shacking up.

34 posted on 02/18/2005 2:19:45 PM PST by BigWaveBetty (~~Secretary of Keepin' It Real)
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To: Stoat
LOL!

She did a good job answering the question!

While I differ with her on this particular subject, the States Rights issue is a very valid point.

36 posted on 02/18/2005 2:21:03 PM PST by Cold Heat (What are fears but voices awry?Whispering harm where harm is not and deluding the unwary. Wordsworth)
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To: what's up
She looks like Peter Pan.

At 65.

37 posted on 02/18/2005 2:22:53 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: highlandbreeze
You have to ask?

Oh, I'm not confused. Her persistent line of questioning and candid pictures removes doubt. I though I'd share.

38 posted on 02/18/2005 2:23:03 PM PST by demlosers
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To: Joe Magnolia

I wish I could watch Lynne Cheney verbally smack idiots like you upside the head.


39 posted on 02/18/2005 2:23:15 PM PST by BigWaveBetty (~~Secretary of Keepin' It Real)
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To: Drango

PBS/NPR funding is down to 15% and falling. For this drastic reduction you are now free to praise Bush and the GOP.


40 posted on 02/18/2005 2:24:04 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Joe Magnolia

you are right that we shouldn't accept the homosexual AGENDA,. but we still need to be tolerant of them as human beings....I would think that one would love their daughter whether she was straight or gay.........


41 posted on 02/18/2005 2:24:39 PM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: demlosers
Lesbian?
An answer questioning bears and woods would be appropriate, but I can't think of a decent way to phrase it.
42 posted on 02/18/2005 2:25:48 PM PST by wolfpat (Dum vivimus, vivamus)
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To: Joe Magnolia
We just look like hypocrits if we embrace this.

No we don't Joe, because how one manages family matters is not issue we normally deal with.

Families come to consensus on how to deal with something like this. It is not a matter for public debate, since we do not and cannot expect to know how and why they came to their conclusions.

The Keyes matter is again a family decision that was handled differently. We again do not know exactly how this came to pass or what was said in private.

To sum up, we really have no business judging their decisions.

43 posted on 02/18/2005 2:27:08 PM PST by Cold Heat (What are fears but voices awry?Whispering harm where harm is not and deluding the unwary. Wordsworth)
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To: Deb
PBS/NPR funding is down to 15% and falling.

Interesting, I'd not heard that. I know the president's budget is knocking out $10 million (I'll believe it when I see it). Do you have a source or link?

45 posted on 02/18/2005 2:27:15 PM PST by Drango (FReepmal me to get on/off the *NPR/PBS* ping list)
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To: demlosers

LOL!

Next time warn becasue I had to scrub my eyes out with Comet.


46 posted on 02/18/2005 2:27:24 PM PST by highlandbreeze
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To: Joe Magnolia
Well, Lynne Cheney deserves it

You should apologize immediately.

47 posted on 02/18/2005 2:27:32 PM PST by Flyer (Got Domain? - $8.99 a Year! - https://dahtcom.nameservices.net)
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To: Cold Heat
She did a good job answering the question!

Agreed....a mark of a true diplomat, as well as a well-bred person, is the ability to be gracious despite the efforts of a less-than-gracious host.  Mrs. Cheney is a wonderful member of our Administration and it will be a shame that she will have to leave after 2008.  I haven't heard her make any statements regarding any future plans for holding any public office, but hopefully she might consider it...she would be great at whatever she might choose to do.

48 posted on 02/18/2005 2:27:36 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Joe Magnolia
Her daughter is a sinner

As opposed to...???

I would prefer a lesbian daughter to a moronic son. I suspect your mother would "publicly repudiate" your intensely idiotic post if she saw it.

49 posted on 02/18/2005 2:27:38 PM PST by getitright (There's no peace in appeasement.)
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To: Joe Magnolia

Good for you.


50 posted on 02/18/2005 2:28:20 PM PST by highlandbreeze
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