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CBS' Plante: "Dick Cheney Wouldn't Tell Us if Our Shirts were on Fire"
The Early Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 02/14/2006 4:39:05 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

February 14, 2006 - 07:33

Imagine you're a member of the media, and in your heart you believe that a major official wouldn't mind seeing you burn to death. Think that might affect the way you cover him?

A comment this morning by veteran CBS reporter Bill Plante, while perhaps intended to be light-hearted, pulled back the curtain on just how antagonistic the White House press corps believes VP Cheney to be toward them. But more importantly, it suggests how antagonistic they likely feel in return.

The topic was the Veep's accidental shooting of hunting partner Harry Whittington, and more particularly the very contentious press conference yesterday between the White House press corps and presidential spokesman Scott McClellan.

Plante claimed that:

"It's not about us, it's not about the reporters. It's about the fact that the White House is expected to disclose any information about what happens to the President and the Vice-President as soon as they can. In any other White House that I've covered, and that's several as you know, the Vice-President would never have this kind of power [to control the flow of information."

Plante then added his zinger:

"But if it were up to Dick Cheney, he wouldn't tell us if our shirts were on fire, for heaven's sake."

Back in New York, Harry Smith broke into nervous laughter, perhaps aware that Plante had let the cat out of the bag on just how much the White House press corps disdains the Vice-President of the United States.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cbs; cbsnews; cheney; earlyshow; harrysmith; harrywhittington; mediabias; plante; shooting; whittington
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1 posted on 02/14/2006 4:39:09 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Early Show/NewsBusters yer-shirt's-on-fire ping to the Today Show list.


2 posted on 02/14/2006 4:40:46 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
In any other White House that I've covered, and that's several as you know, the Vice-President would never have this kind of power [to control the flow of information."

There was no controlling legal authority requiring VP Cheney to inform the press.

3 posted on 02/14/2006 4:42:14 AM PST by airborne
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Why should he?


4 posted on 02/14/2006 4:43:04 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I say we toruch one hundred reporters, bring the VP into the area, and count the number of reports he actually tells that they are on fire -- then divide by 100 to get the percentage. Repeat about fifty times to make sure the percentages are stable.


5 posted on 02/14/2006 4:43:26 AM PST by pikachu (I must be be built upside down -- my nose runs and my feet smell!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

It's their pants that are on fire.


6 posted on 02/14/2006 4:43:39 AM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

With as much crap as the MSM shovels at Cheney, I wouldn't blame him a bit for feeling that way. I wouldn't cooperate with them any more than I had to, either.


7 posted on 02/14/2006 4:44:21 AM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
What I think is so pathetic is that all these guys think they are entitled to know everything. There is Freedom of the Press, Freedom to find out, NOT requirement to be told.
8 posted on 02/14/2006 4:44:33 AM PST by HHKrepublican_2 (OP Spread the Truth....http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1535158/posts)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"But if it were up to Dick Cheney, he wouldn't tell us if our shirts were on fire, for heaven's sake."

Do they need someone to tell them their shirts are on fire?

9 posted on 02/14/2006 4:44:50 AM PST by Overtaxed (One of them deals....)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Has anyone determined how much time elapsed between the Toon injuring himself at some late night party and its revelation to the all important press corps?


10 posted on 02/14/2006 4:45:18 AM PST by Bahbah (An admitted Snow Flake and a member of Sam's Club)
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To: Overtaxed
Do they need someone to tell them their shirts are on fire?

LOL. Says alot about the reportorial skills of the WH press corps, doesn't it?

11 posted on 02/14/2006 4:46:19 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

As someone earlier wrote in their tagline....Hunting with Cheney is safer than driving with Kennedy.


12 posted on 02/14/2006 4:46:24 AM PST by xp38
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"It's not about us, it's not about the reporters"

uh-huh...

BTW, what about the "public's right to know" re those pesky cartoons?

Hack. Shill. Coward.


13 posted on 02/14/2006 4:46:46 AM PST by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Got a match?


14 posted on 02/14/2006 4:46:46 AM PST by pookie18 ([Hillary Rotten] Clinton Happens...as does Dr. Demento Dean, Bela Pelosi & Benedick Durbin!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The White House press corps thinks it doesn't stink after they use the toilet, too.


15 posted on 02/14/2006 4:46:55 AM PST by Nextrush (The Chris Matthews Band: "I get high..I get high...I get high..McCain.")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Good. I wouldn't either.


16 posted on 02/14/2006 4:46:55 AM PST by Perdogg (I'd rather go hunting with Cheney, than riding in Ted Kennedy's car)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Hey Bill, not only would Dick Cheney not tell you that your shirts were on fire, he wouldn't walk across the street to piss on you if you were on fire. Nor would I.


17 posted on 02/14/2006 4:47:07 AM PST by hflynn ( Soros wouldn't make any sense even if he spelled his name backwards)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"But if it were up to Dick Cheney, he wouldn't tell us if our shirts were on fire, for heaven's sake."

A good analogy. If a reporter is too stupid to see his own shirt on fire, why tell him?

18 posted on 02/14/2006 4:47:10 AM PST by Always Right
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Bill Plante can now be referred to as either Skeet or Clay.


19 posted on 02/14/2006 4:47:27 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
But if it were up to Dick Cheney, he wouldn't tell us if our shirts were on fire, for heaven's sake."

Right, and I doubt he's waste precious bodily fluids extinguishing it either.

20 posted on 02/14/2006 4:48:17 AM PST by Kay Syrah
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The liberal press corps is getting as tedious as the democrats.


21 posted on 02/14/2006 4:48:34 AM PST by auto power
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The liberal press corps is getting as tedious as the democrats.


22 posted on 02/14/2006 4:48:34 AM PST by auto power
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I wouldn't tell you, either, Mr. Plante.

Nor would I p*** on your shirt to put out the fire.


23 posted on 02/14/2006 4:48:38 AM PST by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Why is it that Dick Cheney reminds me of Anthony Hopkins in "The Edge" and the media remind me Alec Baldwin in the same movie.

This guy would be trying to set Cheney on fire while holding him at gun point. He would then catch his own shirt on fire and drop the gun. Cheney would then grab the gun, put the fire out, tend to his burns while dragging him on a stretcher he made out of branches to civilization.

24 posted on 02/14/2006 4:49:18 AM PST by normy (Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
They must be nervous that of course they overplayed their hatred hand once again.

I despise them, they the cover the VP as if he wasn't even human.

And have for years now.
25 posted on 02/14/2006 4:49:21 AM PST by roses of sharon ("I would rather men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one". ) (Cato the Elder)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Our freedom to know is in jepardy.

Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun awaaaaaaaaaaay!





26 posted on 02/14/2006 4:49:43 AM PST by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: auto power

Sorry about the double post...it's obvious I have a trigger finger...


27 posted on 02/14/2006 4:49:51 AM PST by auto power
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Bill Plante couldn't tie Vice President Cheney's shoes.
He is another self absorbed airhead.


28 posted on 02/14/2006 4:50:14 AM PST by chatham
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
It's about the fact that the White House is expected to disclose any information about what happens to the President and the Vice-President as soon as they can.

Yeah, right. And how many of you guys were notified that Clinton was getting serviced by an intern in the oval office while making heads of state wait? That has far more bearing on the fitness for office than a hunting accident does, yet no one saw fit to issue a press release on that one.

29 posted on 02/14/2006 4:51:06 AM PST by kevkrom ("...no one has ever successfully waged a war against stupidity" - Orson Scott Card)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
A comment this morning by veteran CBS reporter Bill Plante, while perhaps intended to be light-hearted, pulled back the curtain....

Bill Plante is a CBS dingleberry. He just hangs on...and on.

30 posted on 02/14/2006 4:51:46 AM PST by Rapscallion (Democrats: Once a party; now a hate group.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

I heard a commentator on Fox ask about the time Clinton fell down the stairs and ended up on crutches for a while.

Did Clinton have a news conference on that? I don't remember reading what happened, do you????

I LIKE the vice-president. And the comment is really revealing. If the press is so stupid that somebody actually has to tell them their shirts are on fire, then they're too stupid to bother reading.

BTW, the comment, "Liar, liar, shirt's on fire" may just fit in here, somewhere.


31 posted on 02/14/2006 4:52:00 AM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

< "But if it were up to Dick Cheney, he wouldn't tell us if our shirts were on fire, for heaven's sake." >

Neither would I...matter of fact...gotta light?


32 posted on 02/14/2006 4:52:30 AM PST by GOP_Proud (Don't make me UPPERCASE!...Maxine)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

In any other White House that I've covered, and that's several as you know...

 

Yes, Dick, it's all about you.


33 posted on 02/14/2006 4:52:38 AM PST by Fintan (Proudly wasting FReepers time since 1998...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

......It's about the fact that the White House is expected to disclose any information about what happens to the President and the Vice-President as soon as they can.....

The man has just been taught there is no such rule. His expectations have no place in American history. He doesn't make a difference. He is old and CBS and therefore obsolete.


34 posted on 02/14/2006 4:53:08 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
OK
Liar, Liar Shirts on FIRE! ! ! !
35 posted on 02/14/2006 4:53:15 AM PST by DeaconRed (IF . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"But if it were up to Dick Cheney, he wouldn't tell us if our shirts were on fire, for heaven's sake."

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.... poor baby. Your mommy stopped paying attention to you, huh?

36 posted on 02/14/2006 4:53:28 AM PST by Kenton
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I know if I got treated like the VP is by these
"clymers", I would'nt SPIT on them if they were on fire...


37 posted on 02/14/2006 4:53:30 AM PST by L,TOWM (Liberals, The Other White Meat)
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To: Michael Goldsberry
It's their pants that are on fire.

LOL. And that's why they're losing viewers.
38 posted on 02/14/2006 4:53:52 AM PST by wolfpat (Dum vivimus, vivamus.)
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To: GOP_Proud

 


39 posted on 02/14/2006 4:54:13 AM PST by Fintan (Proudly wasting FReepers time since 1998...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Dick Cheney Wouldn't Tell Us if Our Shirts were on Fire

Well I wouldn't walk across the street to pee in your ear if your brain were on fire Mark.

40 posted on 02/14/2006 4:54:26 AM PST by bad company (There is no devil but Allah, and Mohammed is his porkchop.)
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To: Overtaxed

The sheer silliness of this whole thing is blowing me away (probably a poor choice of words!) I know quite well how to handle a shotgun, how accidents happen, and how terribly excited non-shooting liberals are about this accident.

I have started a Best Of comments about the MSM's desperate attempt to capitalize on this non-event. So far, we have:

1. Best comment I've read...from another FR thread:

"Miss Kopechne could not be reached for comment"
12 posted on 02/13/2006 6:02:31 AM CST by saveliberty ( :-) I am a Snowflake and Bushbot.)

2. LOL. How bout these lines for Cheney's next press corps dinner speech;

"Ted Kennedy and I are going hunting this weekend. He's driving and I'm riding shotgun."

"I took my wife hunting with me. She was scared out of her wits but decided to stay after Teddy offered to drive her home."
32 posted on 02/13/2006 6:33:09 AM CST by Callahan

3. "But if it were up to Dick Cheney, he wouldn't tell us if our shirts were on fire, for heaven's sake."

Do they need someone to tell them their shirts are on fire?
9 posted on 02/14/2006 6:44:50 AM CST by Overtaxed (One of them deals....)



And...lest we forget...John Kerry, #1 hero from Viet Nam, pictured with a dead Canada goose in one hand and his shotgun in the other.

Was it Super Hero Kerry, #1 hero from Viet Nam, who shot the Vietnamese guy IN THE BACK?

No offense to anyone...just the irrationality of the current MSM and the glee they seem to be finding in this whole thing. I'm amazed that most of them can even read their scripts...much less find toilet paper to wipe...AH! never mind!


41 posted on 02/14/2006 4:55:14 AM PST by Maria S
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To: bad company

Sorry that was aimed towards Bill.


42 posted on 02/14/2006 4:55:32 AM PST by bad company (There is no devil but Allah, and Mohammed is his porkchop.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
...In any other White House that I've covered, and that's several as you know, the Vice-President would never have this kind of power...

There you have it. It's all about POWER.

They are elitists and how dare you not cede power to them.

Why else do they try to find scandal after scandal among our goverment officials and industry?

Everyone is afraid of the press and they love it.

43 posted on 02/14/2006 4:55:42 AM PST by FReepaholic (As far as I'm concerned, lawyers are ALWAYS in season.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
But if it were up to Dick Cheney, he wouldn't tell us if our shirts were on fire, for heaven's sake.

Cheney must be moving up in reporter's esteem. On any other day, they'd insinuate that he'd like to tie them down and set them on fire. Today, it's just more of an accusaction of laissez fair.

44 posted on 02/14/2006 4:56:06 AM PST by kevkrom ("...no one has ever successfully waged a war against stupidity" - Orson Scott Card)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Dog On Fire Hydrant He would too tell them. He would even put the fire out for them. Stupid "journalist".
45 posted on 02/14/2006 4:56:25 AM PST by EmilyGeiger
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"But if it were up to Dick Cheney, he wouldn't tell us if our shirts were on fire, for heaven's sake."

We ought to poll this as a question for the American people.

46 posted on 02/14/2006 4:56:44 AM PST by Raycpa
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Imagine you're a member of the media, imagine you're an idiot. But then I repeat myself.


47 posted on 02/14/2006 4:56:54 AM PST by FerdieMurphy (For English, Press One. (Tookie, you won the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes. Oh, too late.))
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To: N. Theknow

.....Bill Plante can now be referred to as either Skeet or Clay......

Ok, you get the credit for the post of the mornin. Please sort it out. Is Plante Clay or Skeet? You must assign the other to Gregory.

I prefer Skeet Gregory and Clay Plante but you should actually make the call for posterity and emailing to Gregory.



48 posted on 02/14/2006 4:57:20 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: Overtaxed
""Do they need someone to tell them their shirts are on fire?"

While no one should take this thread literally and a person being burned should not be found humorous . . .

I really do think some people need to be informed that their efforts to hide the fact that their pants are on fire are in vain.

49 posted on 02/14/2006 4:57:47 AM PST by freedom9
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"But if it were up to Dick Cheney, he wouldn't tell us if our shirts were on fire, for heaven's sake."

But he would urinate on you if you were on fire.

50 posted on 02/14/2006 4:57:51 AM PST by FerdieMurphy (For English, Press One. (Tookie, you won the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes. Oh, too late.))
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