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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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