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Fox News wins battle for Cheney interview
Washington Post ^ | Paul J. Gough

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cafferty; cheney; foxnews; foxnewsratings; quailgate; saintbrithume
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They still aren't seeing their irrelevance yet. Does he sound agitated to anybody else?
1 posted on 02/16/2006 5:00:41 AM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

The WaPo article contains none of the anti-Fox snarkyness I was expecting.


2 posted on 02/16/2006 5:06:49 AM PST by Steely Tom (Your taboos are not my taboos.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

I heard that CNN kept referring to Fox as "another network" when reporting his interview.


3 posted on 02/16/2006 5:07:25 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Steely Tom

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.


4 posted on 02/16/2006 5:08:06 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

CNN's Jack Cafferty actually said.....
" It was like Bonnie interviewing Clyde .."


5 posted on 02/16/2006 5:08:47 AM PST by IrishMike
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Everybody with any sense knows that Cheney went with FOx news because he know they wouldn't parse his words, leave out the facts or play "I PULLED THE TRIGGER"...OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
DId anyone see what lie Katie/Matt's show did this morning???
They said FOX never disclosed that Cheney said he had one beer at lunch!!! I believe I did hear FOX say that....anyone else?
6 posted on 02/16/2006 5:09:20 AM PST by Fawn (I want the Madonna and Mick Jagger diet and exercise books!!!)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Last night on Special Report Brit was talking to the panel at the end of the show when he told them about what happened after he left the interview with the V.P.. He was walking out of the building when he passed a network crew and stopped to chat with them. He said they wanted to know how he landed that interview, if it was because of Fox's obvious conservative stance. Brit responded to the interviewer that it probably the viewer numbers that they had, and that was the real reason. He then laughed and said he doubted they would use that sound bite on their broadcast.
7 posted on 02/16/2006 5:16:03 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: Fawn

Cheney said it himeself in the interview.


8 posted on 02/16/2006 5:16:13 AM PST by Aggie Mama
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
In case someone missed it, here's the full quote from that jerk Cafferty that IrishMike mentioned above with a comment from Hugh following(this was lifted from Hugh Hewitt's blog):

From CNN's Jack Cafferty this afternoon:

Jack Cafferty: Well, I obviously didn’t see it because it hasn’t been released in its entirety yet. But I would guess it didn’t 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 that’s a little like Bonnie interviewing Clyde, ain’t it? I mean, where was the news conference? Where was the access to all of the members of the media? I don’t 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.

9 posted on 02/16/2006 5:20:29 AM PST by Reagan is King (Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the people doing it)
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To: IrishMike

I bet you that there are less than 500,000 people in America that have heard about this idiot Jack Cafferty.


10 posted on 02/16/2006 5:20:33 AM PST by jveritas (Hate can never win elections.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

I am sure CNN is stunned, STUNNED, that they did not get this interview.


11 posted on 02/16/2006 5:24:07 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (Amnesia is a train of thought.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Hmmm...Let's see...Brit Hume or David Gregory? Gee, that's a tough decision.


12 posted on 02/16/2006 5:25:50 AM PST by Obadiah
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To: Abathar

I was watching when Brit said it. Good! That had to be one jaw locking moment for the people at the other network.


13 posted on 02/16/2006 5:26:00 AM PST by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: Reagan is King

I watch Brit Hume every night, but until this moment I never heard of Jack whatever. And tomorrow, I won't remember Jack.


14 posted on 02/16/2006 5:26:12 AM PST by Taliesan (The power of the State to do good is the power of the State to do evil.)
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To: Fawn

Fox did play the portion about Cheney having a beer at lunch.


15 posted on 02/16/2006 5:27:32 AM PST by stocksthatgoup (http://www.busateripens.com)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

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.


16 posted on 02/16/2006 5:30:38 AM PST by McGavin999 (If Intelligence Agencies can't find leakers, how can we expect them to find terrorists?)
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To: Taliesan
I watch Brit Hume every night, but until this moment I never heard of Jack whatever. And tomorrow, I won't remember Jack.

Just to refresh your memory.


17 posted on 02/16/2006 5:32:29 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: stocksthatgoup

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.


18 posted on 02/16/2006 5:32:41 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

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.


19 posted on 02/16/2006 5:33:13 AM PST by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

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."


20 posted on 02/16/2006 5:33:56 AM PST by soloNYer
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To: Fawn
They said FOX never disclosed that Cheney said he had one beer at lunch!!! I believe I did hear FOX say that....anyone else?

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.

21 posted on 02/16/2006 5:35:29 AM PST by alnick
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To: Enterprise
I thought that Brit actually asked some pretty hard questions.
22 posted on 02/16/2006 5:36:44 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: IrishMike
Brit Hume will never be mistaken for Bonnie Parker nor Dick Cheney for Clyde Barrow. They both have a fondness for guns, alas poor Clyde died with his trusty BAR at his side while the VP continues to abide leaving the media with no choice but to be snide.
23 posted on 02/16/2006 5:36:46 AM PST by Bubba M. Aurelius
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To: jveritas


500,000 too many


24 posted on 02/16/2006 5:37:54 AM PST by IrishMike
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To: Obadiah
Hmmm...Let's see...Brit Hume or David Gregory? Gee, that's a tough decision.

No kidding. I'm sure the VP agonized over that one a long time.

25 posted on 02/16/2006 5:38:08 AM PST by JustaCowgirl (Jimmy Carter -- as ugly and loathsome as a Democrat funeral.)
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To: mainepatsfan
"I heard that CNN kept referring to Fox as "another network" when reporting his interview."

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.

26 posted on 02/16/2006 5:42:31 AM PST by bcsco ("He who is wedded to the spirit of the age is soon a widower" - Anonymous)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Critics slam Cheney's interview choice
27 posted on 02/16/2006 5:42:48 AM PST by lunarbicep (Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain)
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To: IrishMike
Persnickety Jack Cafferty makes me want to laff-erty. It's beginning to look like Cafferty will never grow up.

Here's a link to a FR thread on his gratuitously nasty comments during Katrina's aftermath.

CNN: Is Bush Spending Too Much Time on the Disasters? Or Too Little?

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.

28 posted on 02/16/2006 5:43:57 AM PST by syriacus (--------- Jimmy Carter is the world's only SELF-canonized saint ----------)
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To: Fawn
" They said FOX never disclosed that Cheney said he had one beer at lunch!!! I believe I did hear FOX say that....anyone else?"

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.

29 posted on 02/16/2006 5:46:10 AM PST by bcsco ("He who is wedded to the spirit of the age is soon a widower" - Anonymous)
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To: Verginius Rufus
"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."

Assuming that 'lunch' was around noon, that would leave 4-5 1/2 hours, as the incident happened around 5:30 p.m.

30 posted on 02/16/2006 5:50:41 AM PST by bcsco ("He who is wedded to the spirit of the age is soon a widower" - Anonymous)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Yeah, but the New York Slimes scooped FOX with...

Whoa! Didn't see that coming, did you, Danno?

31 posted on 02/16/2006 5:56:13 AM PST by Bender2 (Redid my FR Homepage just for ya'll... Now, Vote Republican and vote often!)
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To: jveritas
I bet you that there are less than 500,000 people in America that have heard about this idiot Jack Cafferty.

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.

32 posted on 02/16/2006 5:59:06 AM PST by syriacus (--------- Jimmy Carter is the world's only SELF-canonized saint ----------)
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To: Personal Responsibility
I am sure CNN is stunned, STUNNED, that they did not get this interview.

Maybe CNN can air the Al Jazeera version of the interview.

33 posted on 02/16/2006 6:01:42 AM PST by syriacus (--------- Jimmy Carter is the world's only SELF-canonized saint ----------)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Someone needs to ask all these self important so called journalists why the way Chenery handled this was so bad?

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.

34 posted on 02/16/2006 6:10:10 AM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: Reagan is King
First the Corpus Christie Caller Times, 4 days of whining Gregories and Dem snips, then the FOXnews scoop with Brit ... geez no wonder the MSM panties are all in a bunch!

Gotta love Cheney's strategy.

35 posted on 02/16/2006 6:11:42 AM PST by NearlyNormal (Our military wins wars, only the liberals and their MSM loose them)
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To: syriacus

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!


36 posted on 02/16/2006 6:11:54 AM PST by BuckeyeDave
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To: syriacus

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!!





" HARRY REID'S HEART ATTACK NOT REPORTED for THREE DAYS!!...."

http://www.foxnews.com/printer_frien...166277,00.html


WASHINGTON — The Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, suffered a brief mini-stroke Tuesday, but doctors found no complications and he feels fine, aides said Friday (at an un-sceduled release. )


Asked why announcement of the event was delayed for three days, Hafen said, "The reason was the tests and the evaluations that they were doing. We wanted to make sure we knew what we were announcing. You need conclusive information."



WHY!!...Why!!! WHEN is Harry REID " Planning on stepping down ???..."


37 posted on 02/16/2006 6:12:07 AM PST by AirBorn
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To: Fawn

I did!


38 posted on 02/16/2006 6:17:53 AM PST by Jen from Tn.
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To: Jen from Tn.

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"?


39 posted on 02/16/2006 6:19:34 AM PST by Jen from Tn.
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing


CNN_The propaganda arm of the DNC.


40 posted on 02/16/2006 6:28:54 AM PST by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis. American gals are worth fighting for!")
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

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


41 posted on 02/16/2006 6:30:56 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Fawn

I heard him say that also.


42 posted on 02/16/2006 6:32:32 AM PST by Eagles Talon IV
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To: All

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.....


43 posted on 02/16/2006 6:41:06 AM PST by Fawn (I want the Madonna and Mick Jagger diet and exercise books!!!)
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To: soloNYer

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2006/02/16/cheney_takes_blame_for_shooting/

You'll never see that as for as much as liberals complain and whine and bitch about equality, they aren't all about equality.


44 posted on 02/16/2006 6:41:59 AM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. Apple's own numbers are hard to argue with.)
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To: Reagan is King
Caffery is a total s__t-head.

Perfect for the Communist News Notwork.

45 posted on 02/16/2006 6:45:57 AM PST by Yankee
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To: mainepatsfan
Jack Cafferty refers to FNC as that 'effword station'

And this is while he's speaking to Blitzed.

Do they wonder why they're irrelevant.

46 posted on 02/16/2006 6:53:22 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: OldFriend

It's like the Cleveland Browns ripping the Pittsburgh Steelers.


47 posted on 02/16/2006 6:57:48 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: cinives

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...


48 posted on 02/16/2006 7:03:56 AM PST by auto power
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
CBS radio has today's talking point: Cheney needs to be evaluated for mental stability due to the stress of almost killing his friend. Top of the hour, 50% of the time was Cheney stories, from one perspective or another.

They are pushing this story so hard than you never hear about the crazy Muslims rioting or Iran getting nukes anymore. Much less Gore's Saudi Arabian funded America/Bush bashing.
49 posted on 02/16/2006 7:07:24 AM PST by PogySailor (Semper Fi to the 3/1 H&S Company in Haditha.)
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To: PogySailor

David Gregory needs a rabies shot!


50 posted on 02/16/2006 7:09:07 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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