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Softball interview reveals little but disdain (LIBERAL PANTIES IN A WAD ABOUT HUME & CHENEY)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 16, 2006 | DOUG ELFMAN TELEVISION CRITIC

Posted on 02/16/2006 3:29:24 PM PST by Chi-townChief

Dick Cheney has been compared to Aaron Burr, the other vice president who shot a guy. But during his interview with Brit Hume, Cheney seemed like an officer in King Louis XVI's court -- proud of a blase disdain for the people he serves.

His demeanor was of a disrespectful elitist who doesn't regret concealing the shooting of a friend. He looked non-contrite. The sneer. The chill.

The Cheney-Hume volley was soft and sympathetic, like a defense attorney asking a client about basic details. Hume asked few follow-ups. He posed a good-old-boy question, "I take it you missed the bird?" Instead of asking which news leak has most damaged America, he should have grilled Cheney on resulting scandals.

Hume asked one great question. Did Cheney unilaterally declassify spy information? Cheney wouldn't answer. Spooky.

It's no wonder Cheney picked Hume to come out to. Hume played tennis with George H.W. Bush when he covered him for ABC. Hume has known Cheney a long time. Before the interview, he spun the story: "The public isn't very upset about it."

Others at Fox downplayed their scoop. An anchor howled, "Forget about this hunting accident!"

And Fox didn't air the whole interview. What was left on the cutting-room floor?

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BONUS COLUMN:

Reasons for keeping mum are matchless

February 16, 2006

BY LYNN SWEET SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST

"This is a very complicated story," said Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday, offering a reason why he kept a lid on a Saturday hunting accident.

With that, we gain an exquisite insight into Cheney.

He broke his silence in an exclusive interview with Fox News' Brit Hume, who did a solid job in walking Cheney through the events leading up to and after his accidental shooting of Harry Whittington.

Some brief thoughts:

Cheney: "My first reaction, Brit, was not to think: 'I need to call the press.'" Mr. Vice President, no one expected the press to be called first. It's misleading to let on that the uproar has to do with that.

Cheney: "I had no press person with me." Hey, heard about cell phones? On this being too complicated to handle in a routine way -- the White House deals with complicated news every day. You want complicated? Explain Medicare Part D.

Cheney: "We also didn't know what the outcome here was going to be." We almost never know how stories end. If that were a standard, well, I would not be writing this right now. What we report on is how events begin, Mr. Vice President.

Cheney: "Are they going to take my word for what happened?" Mr. Vice President, you have to ask?

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: cheney; elfmanwethispanties; foxnews; harrywhittington; hume; lefties; liberals; quailgate; shooting
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Not as much fun as Carter's attack rabbit but it sounds like these liberal bozos might wanna put a little ice on it.
1 posted on 02/16/2006 3:29:26 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

Mary Jo Kopechne is still unavailable for comment.


2 posted on 02/16/2006 3:31:51 PM PST by SmithL (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Chi-townChief

I think the Chicago Sun-Times shows a demeanor of disrespectful elitism.


3 posted on 02/16/2006 3:32:16 PM PST by My2Cents ("The essence of American journalism is vulgarity divested of truth." -- Winston Churchill)
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To: Chi-townChief

What questions remain unanswered? NONE. The story is DEAD. I've seen little girls with scraped knees cry less.


4 posted on 02/16/2006 3:32:17 PM PST by L98Fiero
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To: Chi-townChief

I don't recall them ever objecting when Clinton did interviews with CNN/ABC/NPR/PBS/NBC/CBS...


5 posted on 02/16/2006 3:32:18 PM PST by iPod Shuffle
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To: Chi-townChief
I thought I was done with this story, but now it's getting interesting. The MSM in full attack mode against FOX reveals where their interests REALLY lie (pun intended)--their poor widdle egos at not getting treated like the royalty this dolt accuses Hume of treating Cheney as.

This aspect of the story is getting fun.

6 posted on 02/16/2006 3:32:40 PM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: Chi-townChief
And Fox didn't air the whole interview. What was left on the cutting-room floor?

Nothing much but Dick and Brit laughing about the msm throwing a temper tantrum that would put a two year old to shame.

7 posted on 02/16/2006 3:32:48 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: Chi-townChief
proud of a blase disdain for the people he serves.

The self-serving media sloths are the center of their universe.

8 posted on 02/16/2006 3:33:24 PM PST by NautiNurse
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To: Chi-townChief

And just what meaningful questions would the MSM have asked that Brit did not?


9 posted on 02/16/2006 3:33:55 PM PST by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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To: Chi-townChief

Elfman is a TV critic...bwahahahahahahahahahaha!

And his name is fitting of the sort of "man" he is.

Cheney is making all the little sissy boys cry and we get to watch....thank you VP Cheney...you da MAN!


10 posted on 02/16/2006 3:34:06 PM PST by fizziwig (Democrats: so far off the path, so incredibly vicious, so sadly pathetic.)
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To: Chi-townChief
Before the interview, he spun the story: "The public isn't very upset about it."

That's not spin, that's fact. Only the White House press corps and the DUmmies care a whit about this.

11 posted on 02/16/2006 3:35:02 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: Chi-townChief
He posed a good-old-boy question, "I take it you missed the bird?"

Well, I s'pose that makes me a Good Ol' Boy, cos' I wonderin' 'bout that myself...

12 posted on 02/16/2006 3:37:34 PM PST by LRS
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To: Chi-townChief

13 posted on 02/16/2006 3:37:54 PM PST by ru4liberty
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To: Chi-townChief
A couple years ago the Hildebeast's entourage in several SUVs ran a security perimeter at an airport. A guard was injured and spent weeks in the hospital. No story here in the old media. Now, they get hysterical because the White House let a Texas newspaper get the story out. Big deal.

Go ahead rats, try to make this an issue. It will fall flat with the general public just like your rants about Abu Graib and spying on Al Queada communications with their American agents.
14 posted on 02/16/2006 3:38:08 PM PST by Jacquerie (Democrats soil institutions)
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To: Chi-townChief

When I heard that Cheney was only giving an interview to Fox, I cheered. Cheney will come out of this with added respect from conservatives-I wish more Republicans would stand up to the malicious MSM. (He does, however, need some counseling with Eddie Eagle.)


15 posted on 02/16/2006 3:38:50 PM PST by Spok (Est omnis de civilitate.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Bottom line, the MSM was unable to paint Cheney as a lier through accusations poised as questions. i.e.

Some people are suggesting (fill in the blank). or
Sources close to the incident have revealed (fill in the blank) or
Are you upset by the incident? or
When you shot him in the face did it suddenly strike that this is what our military goes through every day? or...
Do you think this makes the gun control arguement? or...
Isn't this Chappaquidick all over again Mr. Vice President?

and on and on and on...




16 posted on 02/16/2006 3:39:24 PM PST by Eddie01
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To: Chi-townChief; Allegra; peacebaby
Well... It looks like I will have to drop in on the fellas at the Chicago Sun-Times between my baby seal hunt in Alaska and my orphan hunt in Vermont...
17 posted on 02/16/2006 3:39:38 PM PST by Bender2 (Redid my FR Homepage just for ya'll... Now, Vote Republican and vote often!)
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To: mtbopfuyn

This story is beginning to resemble the Aruba-Holloway story.


Greta Van Susteren could probably keep this story alive til the '08 elections. Nightly updates with no content. Months of no content, years of no content.


18 posted on 02/16/2006 3:40:55 PM PST by TexanToTheCore (Rock the pews, Baby)
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To: Eddie01
disrespectful elitist

That pretty much describes the White House Press Corps.

19 posted on 02/16/2006 3:42:40 PM PST by Callahan
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To: Chi-townChief
I love how the WH press corp is described in this editorial:
White House Press Corps Expose
Carolina Journal. ^ | February 16, 2006 | Jon Ham

Sitting in armchairs waiting for handouts not the best way to get scoops

Members of the elite White House press corps this week have acted more like animals that have been kept in captivity for so long that they can’t find news unless it is forced down their open gullets at a daily press briefing. ..........


20 posted on 02/16/2006 3:42:55 PM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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. . . proud of a blase disdain for the people he serves

These goofballs actually imagine that THEY are "the people he serves."

21 posted on 02/16/2006 3:43:09 PM PST by madprof98
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To: Chi-townChief
"DOUG ELFMAN TELEVISION CRITIC"

"The sneer. The chill"

Not enough drama for a television critic.

Maybe he ought to still to the Olympics, NBC is providing plenty of "drama".

22 posted on 02/16/2006 3:43:22 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: Chi-townChief
Notice the contradictions to his criticisms

Cheney: "My first reaction, Brit, was not to think: 'I need to call the press.'" Mr. Vice President, no one expected the press to be called first. It's misleading to let on that the uproar has to do with that.

And than this statement suggesting that it was wrong for the VP to not do the next thing to that.

Cheney: "I had no press person with me." Hey, heard about cell phones?

23 posted on 02/16/2006 3:44:26 PM PST by carlr
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To: Chi-townChief

Boy oh boy, I remember when the mainstream media would howl like stuck pigs when Hillary's handlers would hand over the list of questions she would respond to.

What? oh yeah. nevermind.


24 posted on 02/16/2006 3:48:30 PM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Chi-townChief
We just got home from eating out.....Valentine'ss Day dinner without the crowds.

My mom complained her meal was too big and my wife complained that she couldn't finish her chocolate cheesecake desert.

I'm trying to get David Gregory on the phone to give him the scoop first.

25 posted on 02/16/2006 3:54:30 PM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (Toon Town, Iran...........where reality is the real fantasy.)
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To: Chi-townChief

26 posted on 02/16/2006 3:55:08 PM PST by pabianice (contact ebay??)
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"Is the camera on? Is it on? It's ON! Alrighty everyone, loooooookkatmeeeeeeeeeee!"

27 posted on 02/16/2006 4:06:57 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

What is he even doing in that shot?


28 posted on 02/16/2006 4:10:25 PM PST by clawrence3
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What is he even doing in that shot?

Mugging for the camera.

It is all about him.


29 posted on 02/16/2006 4:16:43 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Waiving his jacket around was supposed to make him look good?


30 posted on 02/16/2006 4:18:54 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: Chi-townChief

Looks to me as though Mr. Elfman got the lace on his panties caught in his zipper and now he has his panties in a wad.....boooooooooHoooooooooo!!!! What a dork.


31 posted on 02/16/2006 4:19:40 PM PST by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: Chi-townChief

Mainstream Media

32 posted on 02/16/2006 4:20:18 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: TexanToTheCore
Greta Van Susteren could probably keep this story alive til the '08 elections. Nightly updates with no content. Months of no content, years of no content.

I can't stand her or her content on FOX News. She is FOX's tabloid / soap-opera queen.

33 posted on 02/16/2006 4:53:51 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: Chi-townChief
I love it when people HATE so much, they make complete idiots of themselves. Over and over and over again.

It's better entertainment than going to the movies.

34 posted on 02/16/2006 5:55:54 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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"I can't stand her or her content on FOX News. She is FOX's tabloid / soap-opera queen."

Gretta's show has essentially become a television version of True Detective Magazine. But...as someone noted above, she seems to beat the same dead horse night after night with no real new information to discuss. Not my cup of tea but it must be getting the ratings because they seem to have settled on this format as a permanent thing.

35 posted on 02/16/2006 5:57:07 PM PST by joebuck
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To: Darkwolf377
This aspect of the story is getting fun.

Keith Olbermoonbat is trying to mobilize the troops to destroy the sheriff and the DA down in Texas who have declined to press charges, according to some of the ten people who are actually watching his show.

36 posted on 02/16/2006 6:01:54 PM PST by CFC__VRWC ("Anytime a liberal squeals in outrage, an angel gets its wings!" - gidget7)
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To: carlr

Great post, astute observation!


37 posted on 02/16/2006 6:02:12 PM PST by AmishDude
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To: Chi-townChief
Cheney: "We also didn't know what the outcome here was going to be." We almost never know how stories end. If that were a standard, well, I would not be writing this right now.

Hey, Lynn Sweet! I'll tell you how this story is going end. This story is going to end with you guys getting your butts kicked. Again.

38 posted on 02/16/2006 6:05:14 PM PST by gridlock (eliminate perverse incentives)
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN

ROFL! Hey, I just took my dog out to do #2. Maybe I should call Dick Gregory, too.


39 posted on 02/16/2006 6:06:03 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
David Gregory.

Freudian slip.

40 posted on 02/16/2006 6:06:56 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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Keith Olbermoonbat is trying to mobilize the troops to destroy the sheriff and the DA down in Texas who have declined to press charges,

You have got to be kidding. That Frankenstein-monster -with- padded-shoulders is the biggest DUmmie on TV. I can't stand that little pursed-lip smirk and the way he acts like he KNOWS the REAL story, and then he steals Letterman's tossing-the-cards schtick.

But he's proof that you can have a career on cable access-level ratings, I guess.

41 posted on 02/16/2006 6:31:33 PM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: Nita Nupress

You know Nita, it would be fun to send an e-mail to David Gregory every time some little local thing happens. We could keep his mailbox full of news, doncha think?


42 posted on 02/16/2006 6:46:24 PM PST by WVNan
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To: WVNan; potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; DoughtyOne; Lady Jag; Zacs Mom; dixiechick2000; ...

HIS DOG ATE YOUR STORY!  




43 posted on 02/16/2006 7:39:50 PM PST by devolve (<-- (-in a manner reminiscent of Senator Gasbag F. Kohnman-)
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To: devolve

I love it!


44 posted on 02/16/2006 7:46:06 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: devolve; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; Boazo; bitt; dixiechick2000

45 posted on 02/16/2006 7:57:21 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: Chi-townChief

The members of the MSM are simply without a rudder, a purpose, or a future. Suggestion: retrain. Motel management is a good profession, I hear.


46 posted on 02/16/2006 8:33:18 PM PST by Richard Axtell
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NO COMMENT!    



47 posted on 02/16/2006 8:48:10 PM PST by devolve (<-- (-in a manner reminiscent of Senator Gasbag F. Kohnman-)
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OH, that is just hilarious!!!! I love it and he looks good in blue!


48 posted on 02/16/2006 8:54:46 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: devolve

Nice!


49 posted on 02/16/2006 9:50:47 PM PST by ntnychik
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To: ntnychik; potlatch

WH press corps(e) "girlyman" #1


50 posted on 02/16/2006 10:03:36 PM PST by devolve (<-- (-in a manner reminiscent of Senator Gasbag F. Kohnman-)
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