Skip to comments.Fox News wins battle for Cheney interview
Posted on 02/16/2006 5:00:39 AM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing
NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox News Channel in an exclusive interview Wednesday afternoon that he believed he properly handled the disclosure of his involvement in a hunting accident in Texas last week.
Cheney accidentally shot a fellow hunter at a Texas ranch on Saturday while hunting quail. Harry Whittington, a 78-year-old lawyer, has been hospitalized in Corpus Christi ever since and suffered a mild heart attack Tuesday.
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The WaPo article contains none of the anti-Fox snarkyness I was expecting.
I heard that CNN kept referring to Fox as "another network" when reporting his interview.
It's hard for someone to make the case that he should have gone on CNN or MSNBC when Fox crushes them in the ratings.
CNN's Jack Cafferty actually said.....
" It was like Bonnie interviewing Clyde .."
Cheney said it himeself in the interview.
From CNN's Jack Cafferty this afternoon:
Jack Cafferty: Well, I obviously didnt see it because it hasnt been released in its entirety yet. But I would guess it didnt exactly represent a profile in courage for the Vice President to wander over there to the f-word network for a sit down with Brit Hume. I mean thats a little like Bonnie interviewing Clyde, aint it? I mean, where was the news conference? Where was the access to all of the members of the media? I dont know, whatever.
Wolf: Do you still think he needs to do a full scale news conference, invite all the cameras, all the reporters and ask whatever they want?
Cafferty: That's never going to happen. But I mean running over there to the Fox Network to do it, i mean talk about seeking a safe haven. He's not going to get any high hard ones from anybody at the f-word ntework, I think we know that."
Hugh Hewitt writes:
How bitter at cable eclipse can you be? The Veep went on the most watched network likely to give his interview a complete airing. He was interviewed by the most respected and experienced anchor in America right now by the people who care about professionalism.
And a one-on-one interview is much more productive than a gaggle of screamers trying to score cheap shot points, as David Gregory has amply demonstrated over the past two days.
I bet you that there are less than 500,000 people in America that have heard about this idiot Jack Cafferty.
I am sure CNN is stunned, STUNNED, that they did not get this interview.
Hmmm...Let's see...Brit Hume or David Gregory? Gee, that's a tough decision.
I was watching when Brit said it. Good! That had to be one jaw locking moment for the people at the other network.
I watch Brit Hume every night, but until this moment I never heard of Jack whatever. And tomorrow, I won't remember Jack.
Fox did play the portion about Cheney having a beer at lunch.
I hope that the next republican administration that gets in announces they are going to renovate the press room and so it will be temporarily closed while the repairs are going on. Then I hope they just never bother to reopen it.
Just to refresh your memory.
Wasn't the accident several hours after lunch? I don't remember if we have been told exactly when it happened...not that one beer would have caused any impairment.
Fox said this morning that so far, no other network has asked to air the interview. I guess the others are sufficient to drive more viewers to Fox so they can see it for themselves instead of a 3rd rate review.
I saw another article from the Washington Post today "Cheney Expresses Remorse, Defiance" by Peter Baker which includes the line "...in a hastily arranged White House interview with the Fox News Channel -- which Democrats maintain has a pro-Bush bias."
I'd love to see, in fairness, every article from the NYT and Washington Post include "which Republicans maintain has a pro-Democrat bias."
They're lying. I learned that while watching the interview. I'll bet that Katie/Matt failed to disclose that it was one beer which was consumed hours before they went out hunting.
500,000 too many
No kidding. I'm sure the VP agonized over that one a long time.
Yesterday afternoon, ABC Radio (who host's Rush's show in Chicago) referred to it as an interview on a cable news network. No mention of "Fox" was given.
Smarmy bunch of a$$es, they.
Here's a link to a FR thread on his gratuitously nasty comments during Katrina's aftermath.
Jack spends his time on mindless cavils like Bush's mileage during travels. But Jack could better use his craft if he measured Blanco's graft. Checking Nagin could be good ... and counting cops per N'Awlins 'hood.
Cheney himself stated it in the interview last night. Brit Hume, this morning on Fox & Friends brought it up in his remarks with Brian Kilmead.
Since the ONLY interview has been with Fox News, how did Katie/Matt learn of it?
Seems to me, they have some 'splainin' to do.
Assuming that 'lunch' was around noon, that would leave 4-5 1/2 hours, as the incident happened around 5:30 p.m.
Whoa! Didn't see that coming, did you, Danno?
Jack has lost his way in the wilderness. According to CNN, once upon a time Jack co-anchored the evening broadcast for Fox 5 News at 7.
Maybe CNN can air the Al Jazeera version of the interview.
Through the way it was handled they received accurate information from a first hand source.
The victim was able to get medical care and get to the hospital without concerns of the media getting in the way.
The family was able to be notified before the media circus of misinformation began.
The public received accurate information. The slight delay allowed the police and game warden to do their jobs unimpeded by reporters and allowed a release of the accident report to the press and public not long after the incident was being reported upon.
It appears that the way it was handled served the public well be getting them accurate information. It served the victim well by keeping the press out of the way until he could get medical treatment. It served the family well because they didn't have to suffer through hearing of the accident from inaccurate media reports, but were able to be contacted with the facts first.
I think Cheney and the others directly involved handled this well.
I think the media has acted appallingly.
Gotta love Cheney's strategy.
Ok, why would I go to CNN who has 2 to 3 times LESS audience or MSNBC who has 3 to 4 times LESS audience than FoxNews?! I guess if he really did want to cover it up then he should go to them because he'd know nobody will see it!
CNN is NOT too late to get OTHER Interviews though!!!
Just as important---with MANY MORE QUESTIONS that NEED to be asked concerning why the WHITE HOUSE PRESS weren't Notified IMMEDIATELY!!
By the way does anyone know where I can get a bumper with the quote"I'd raher go hunting with Dick Cheney that ride in a car with Ted Kennedy"?
CNN_The propaganda arm of the DNC.
The latest partly line from MSM crybabies is "SOFTBALL INTERVIEW." Here are a few headlines:
# Critics slam Cheney's interview choice Open this result in new window
San Francisco Chronicle - 2 hours, 47 minutes ago
For days, the White House news corps has pounded the Bush administration, demanding to learn more about Vice President Dick Cheney's accidental shooting of a hunting companion Saturday. Cheney finally addressed the incident Wednesday, but the forum in...
# Critics question Cheney's choice of Fox for interview Open this result in new window
South Coast Today - Feb 16 1:56 AM
By MATEA GOLD Los Angeles Times NEW YORK For days, the White House news corps has pounded the Bush administration, demanding to learn more about Vice President Dick Cheney's accidental shooting of a hunting companion Saturday.
# Choice of Messenger Is an Issue in Its Own Right Open this result in new window
Los Angeles Times - Feb 16 12:35 AM
An exclusive interview on Fox News is criticized as spin control, while the network says it's simply the result of persistence and stature.
Brit Humes Says Vice President On The Disclosure Of The Shooting ...
News Hounds, CA - 17 hours ago
... Smith about the interview he had just had with Vice President, Dick Cheney. ... Comment: All in all a very softball interview done by a very partisan reporter. ...
Cheney, "A Beer or Two" and a Gun -- UPDATED
Yahoo! News - 14 hours ago
... Cheney claims that he downed beer hours before he shot Whittington ... now has a lot more explaining to do than what was seen during the "softball" interview on Fox ...
This dog don't hunt
Capitol Hill Blue, VA - 13 minutes ago
... Cheney's hastily-arranged interview with the Bush-friendly Fox News Channel came only ... But Cheney's taped appearance with softball interviewer Brit
I heard him say that also.
I believe NBC blatantly lied to it's audience to make Fox News look bad because just like the david gregories, they were VERY JEALOUS that FOx got the story. NBC knows nothing else than to lie....it's in their nature. THey can't help themselves.....
You'll never see that as for as much as liberals complain and whine and bitch about equality, they aren't all about equality.
Perfect for the Communist News Notwork.
And this is while he's speaking to Blitzed.
Do they wonder why they're irrelevant.
It's like the Cleveland Browns ripping the Pittsburgh Steelers.
I really couldn't understand Mancow's point of view this morning...it was like he only saw half of the Cheney interview or didn't see any of it at all. He kept telling the Fox News hosts that he really wanted to see Cheney be more human. I kept thinking to myself how much more human do you want Cheney to be when he admits hitting his friend, watching him fall and saying that was the worst day of his life that he'll never forget. The Fox News hosts all agreed that Cheney portrayed humility during the interview. Mancow's appears to be on sleep deprivation...
David Gregory needs a rabies shot!