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Bill Frist's Cheney Defense Leaves Bob Schieffer Fuming
NewsMax ^ | 2/19/06 | NewsMax

Posted on 02/19/2006 10:53:39 AM PST by wagglebee

Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist told CBS "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer on Sunday that Democrats were playing "partisan politics" with Dick Cheney's hunting accident last weekend - a charge that left Mr. Schieffer fuming.

"What America does not want to see is what happened right afterwards, and that is that the Democratic leadership tried to inject partisan politics into what is a very, very tragic accident," First told Schieffer, who bristled at the remarks.

"But Senator," the veteran newsman protested, "ah - I mean - didn't - didn't - shouldn't [the hunting accident] have been made public but for no other reason than the administration and the vice president's own good? I mean, one can understand that he clearly was not thinking straight. Who would, after thinking they'd killed their best friend?"

Schieffer continued to insist that Democrat attacks on Cheney were legitimate, then asked: "Has the vice president become of liability to the White House? Has he become a liability to your party?"

Frist countered: "Absolutely not. Absolutely not. He is a bold leader. He understands and works very closely with the vision of the President of the United States in securing America's future for a safer, stronger country. That means he has to be both a leader as well as a participant and I think he does it very, very well."

Moments later, the Tennessee Republican reiterated: "I don't think it is appropriate to inject partisan politics into this particular incident."


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 109th; anothercudchewer; billfrist; bobschieffer; cheneyshooting; democrats; dickcheney; frist; harrywhittington; mediabias; scheissferbrains; timetoretire
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"But Senator," the veteran newsman protested, "ah - I mean - didn't - didn't - shouldn't [the hunting accident] have been made public but for no other reason than the administration and the vice president's own good? I mean, one can understand that he clearly was not thinking straight. Who would, after thinking they'd killed their best friend?"

What an absolute fool Schieffer is, Cheney knew Whittington was fine, his medical staff was treating him within seconds. It was an ACCIDENT. Why doesn't Schieffer call Ted Kennedy in an ask him these same questions?

1 posted on 02/19/2006 10:53:41 AM PST by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

LOL What's surprising about Scheiffer's reaction? Isn't he MSM?


2 posted on 02/19/2006 10:59:34 AM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: wagglebee

Yes, let's beat the dead horse and try to make him gallop. Giddyap!


3 posted on 02/19/2006 11:01:52 AM PST by KellyAdmirer
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To: jazusamo

This is how Chuck Hagel would speak in the bizzaro world.


4 posted on 02/19/2006 11:02:18 AM PST by new yorker 77 (Conservatives who eat their own are a liberal's best friend.)
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To: wagglebee
I mean, one can understand that he clearly was not thinking straight. Who would, after thinking they'd killed their best friend?"

I see Schieffer is doing his best to move the story to the next plateau.

And why doesn't he know that Whittington is NOT Cheney's 'best friend?'

5 posted on 02/19/2006 11:05:29 AM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: wagglebee
"I mean, one can understand that he clearly was not thinking straight."

Well Bill, it is clear that people like your own raggedy assed self have the monopoly on "not thinking straight."

6 posted on 02/19/2006 11:05:29 AM PST by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: wagglebee

It's incredible that he said that, just incredible. I said before I thought the dems were imploding, but maybe it's actually the MSM. The democrats really haven't been the ones blowing this out of all proportion.


8 posted on 02/19/2006 11:08:05 AM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: Baynative

You hit the nail on the head with Bubba, I have wondered for a long time what really happened at Greg Norman's....anyone a good friend of Greg's? Inquiring minds etc.


9 posted on 02/19/2006 11:10:25 AM PST by GrannyK
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To: KellyAdmirer
Yes, let's beat the dead horse and try to make him gallop. Giddyap!

Haha! What part of that dog won't hunt does Bob not understand? Just imagine what last Sundays talk shows would have been like if the story got out Saturday night.

10 posted on 02/19/2006 11:10:39 AM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Howlin

I mean, one can understand that he clearly was not thinking straight. Who would, after thinking they'd killed their best friend?"
I see Schieffer is doing his best to move the story to the next plateau.

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11 posted on 02/19/2006 11:11:32 AM PST by CHICAGOFARMER (12 TH GENERATION PATROIT.)
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To: operation clinton cleanup
Just imagine what last Sundays talk shows would have been like if the story got out Saturday night.

Exactly, that's why the press is so indignant, because Cheney timed things right to keep this off the Sunday news last week. There is (almost) no fury like the press scorned.

He is one clever dude, that Dick Cheney.

12 posted on 02/19/2006 11:12:40 AM PST by KellyAdmirer
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To: new yorker 77

I just wonder how much longer Schieffer and the rest of those stiffs are going to take before they realize that they've already shot themselves in the foot with this "story" to the point that they've no aiming points left below their own crotch.


13 posted on 02/19/2006 11:13:24 AM PST by Unrepentant VN Vet (Target too close for missiles; switching to guns.)
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To: wagglebee

Shieffer is now fuming? Add that to steaming and stinking.


14 posted on 02/19/2006 11:13:36 AM PST by DoNotDivide (Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.)
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To: jocon307

... I said before I thought the dems were imploding, but maybe it's actually the MSM. The democrats really haven't been the ones blowing this out of all proportion.

**
The MSM is the Ministry of Information for the Democratic Party, so your separation is not logical.


15 posted on 02/19/2006 11:17:40 AM PST by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: wagglebee
But Senator," the veteran newsman protested, "ah - I mean - didn't - didn't - shouldn't [the hunting accident] have been made public but for no other reason than the administration and the vice president's own good? I mean, one can understand that he clearly was not thinking straight. Who would, after thinking they'd killed their best friend?"

But, but, Bob! Shouldn't have Dan Rather admitted that he was a partician hack using a partician hack to try to rob Bush or re-election by using easily verifiable forged documents? I mean when a blogger in pajamas can out investigate 60 Minutes, don't you think theres a news credibility problem?

16 posted on 02/19/2006 11:17:44 AM PST by Bommer (Ted Kennedy - Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life!)
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To: wagglebee

Despite their continued whining; the MSM is not one of the branches of government. The only reason to cooperate with the press to insure balanced coverage of events. Since the current press is a partisan mouth piece for the opposition, there is no up side to cooperating with them. This could become an object lesson for the MSM if they could only grasp the concept of reporting about the news.


17 posted on 02/19/2006 11:18:47 AM PST by Steamburg (Pretenders everywhere)
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To: Bommer

Dan Ratherbiased is probably holed-up in a Kinko's somewhere working on a letter where Cheney said he was going to shoot Whittington someday.


18 posted on 02/19/2006 11:19:11 AM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

But wait. All of this silly, silly, coverage is backfiring. The MSM is continuing to commit suicide. They apparently have no idea how bad they look.

While this is not a scientific survey I'm running into lots of people, not all of whom are Republicans, who thing the MSM has come unglued.

What's beginning to be clear to even casual followers of politics is that the MSM are trying to do the Democrats work for them BECASUE THEY ARE DEMOCRATS too.


19 posted on 02/19/2006 11:19:50 AM PST by kjo
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To: wagglebee
shouldn't [the hunting accident] have been made public but for no other reason than the administration and the vice president's own good?

How was the shooting not made public, Bobette - you sniveling, self-righteous prick?  Were the appropriate local law enforcement officials not notified?  

Beyond that, what requirement of public notification is there in this circumstance?

20 posted on 02/19/2006 11:19:58 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Baynative; Sic Luceat Lux; All

.


NEVER FORGET


CLINTON's breaking his ankle gave him the excuse he needed to keep from having to hold Presidential TV News Conferences for over 3 months...

...just as investigations of his own worst CHINA-GATE misbehaviors were firing up in Congress.


NEVER FORGET

.


21 posted on 02/19/2006 11:21:48 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: wagglebee

Scheiffer at least needs to put his teeth in before he goes on the air.


22 posted on 02/19/2006 11:22:41 AM PST by monkeywrench (Deut. 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark)
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To: wagglebee

Schieffer's been a Democrat Party waterboy his entire career. I can't understand why anyone is surprised by his behavior now. I put "Face the Nation" on my "Don't Watch" list long ago and knew what kind of anchor he'd be. He's right out of the ultra-liberal See B.S. mold.


23 posted on 02/19/2006 11:23:38 AM PST by Bernard Marx (Fools and fanatics are always certain of themselves, but the wise are full of doubts.)
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To: KellyAdmirer

24 posted on 02/19/2006 11:24:52 AM PST by COEXERJ145 (Pat Buchanan lost a family member in the holocaust. The man fell out of a guard tower.)
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To: GrannyK

I read somewhere that the mishap at Norman's was a cover for surgery to straighten out the bent Willie.


25 posted on 02/19/2006 11:26:03 AM PST by Thebaddog (Dog can like cats who are cool)
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To: wagglebee
""But Senator," the veteran newsman protested, "ah - I mean - didn't - didn't - shouldn't [the hunting accident] have been made public but for no other reason than the administration and the vice president's own good?"

What good would it have done? I'm sure that a man recovering from being shot in the face doesn't need to be hounded by the MSM, nor does a grieving man. So, Mr.Schieffer what good would it have done?

The only good would be for the Republican haters. They would have got an extra day to manipulate a hunting accident for political gain.
26 posted on 02/19/2006 11:28:55 AM PST by JeffersonRepublic.com (There is no truth in the news, and no news in the truth.)
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To: wagglebee

And how long was it, and under what circumstances, that Clinton finally admitted what he'd done with an intern? And how long did it take Al Gore to speak publicly about his son being arrested for DUI? (I think drugs were involved, also.)


27 posted on 02/19/2006 11:29:02 AM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: CHICAGOFARMER
You should know that none of your post applies to Cheney because he is a robot.

The real Dick Cheney was replaced a few years ago, bad ticker and all.

The dictator emperor Bush could not risk Cheney having a heart attack and expose bush as the idiot frat boy he really is.

Cheney is the real absolute ruler of the Neocons.

Everybody at DU knows that.

< / sarcasm >

28 posted on 02/19/2006 11:29:32 AM PST by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: Howlin

I have no idea who VP Cheney's best friends are, but why on earth would Cheney think Mr. Whittington had been killed? Schieffer doesn't hunt much, does he?


29 posted on 02/19/2006 11:30:53 AM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: wagglebee
Schieffer is like an infected hemorrhoid, both a great pain in the a$$!! What a stammerin', yammerin', fool he is.
30 posted on 02/19/2006 11:31:45 AM PST by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: COEXERJ145

hahahahahahaha!


31 posted on 02/19/2006 11:31:48 AM PST by firewalk
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To: Baynative
When Bubba got drunk, fell down Golfer Greg Norman's stairs and broke his ankle; did the White House notify the press immediately or wait for him to sober up?

He wasn't drunk...have you ever tried to go down some stairs with your pants around your ankles?

32 posted on 02/19/2006 11:31:56 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: DoNotDivide

"Shieffer is now fuming? Add to that steaming and stinking."

Like Dan Rather, he stinks like Pepe LePew. Asking a MSM talking head to try and be fair
is like asking Pepe to use some roll-on deodorant: a waste of time.


33 posted on 02/19/2006 11:35:57 AM PST by tumblindice
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To: new yorker 77

This piece was doing just fine until you brought Chucky Hagel into it. He is a low life that I would just soon
not hear about. It is good to hear Frist get old Bagdag Bob.


34 posted on 02/19/2006 11:38:28 AM PST by buck61 (luv6060)
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To: Bigg Red; tumblindice

aka: Politboro


35 posted on 02/19/2006 11:38:55 AM PST by DoNotDivide (Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.)
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To: Howlin
that he clearly was not thinking straight.

Repeat the lie enough, MSM, and within a few months this will be referred to in just this way. Can't you see Davey Gregory on Matthews talking about something else and saying "But the Vice President has ALWAYS had this problem, such as when he couldn't think straight after the SHOOTING incident."

Headline to appear soon enough: CHENEY NUTS!

36 posted on 02/19/2006 11:41:51 AM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: KellyAdmirer

Had Cheney released this story last Saturday night, the old media would be screaming and yelling that he released it on a Saturday night with the sole intention of burying the story. Old media hate Bush and Cheney and they will work as hard as they can to make up any scandal to try to harm them. All the while, old media only continues to harm themselves with their oh-so-self-importance and arrogance in their "reporting". They have gotten beyond laughable.


37 posted on 02/19/2006 11:42:12 AM PST by Laverne
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To: wagglebee
I mean, one can understand that he clearly was not thinking straight.

You're wrong, Bobby. Mr. Cheney was thinking very clearly. He knew it was far more important to get emergency first aid to his friend and make sure he was taken immediately to the hospital than it was to make sure the media met them at the Emergency Room entrance.

Oh, and, you're a Dimocrat shill masquerading as a news anchor, Bobby.

38 posted on 02/19/2006 11:54:01 AM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: COEXERJ145

Bawhahahha...can I brow it!! LOVE IT!


39 posted on 02/19/2006 11:58:09 AM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: RoseofTexas

Be my guest. :-)


40 posted on 02/19/2006 12:01:29 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Pat Buchanan lost a family member in the holocaust. The man fell out of a guard tower.)
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To: jazusamo
That must have been funny seeing all those wrinkles in motion....

... poor old Bobby Schieffer...Botox wannabe

41 posted on 02/19/2006 12:03:22 PM PST by pointsal
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To: wagglebee
There's a bumper sticker that says:
Would you rather go hunting with Dick Cheney or drive across a bridge with Ted Kennedy?
42 posted on 02/19/2006 12:04:35 PM PST by hermgem
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To: wagglebee

< Why doesn't Schieffer call Ted Kennedy in an ask him these same questions? >

Actually, I think we need to just drop the Kennedy reference from this accident, because it was an accident. Kennedy's wreck may have been an accident, but he left someone to die. Cheney did not. It does not begin to compare.


43 posted on 02/19/2006 12:06:44 PM PST by GOP_Proud (Jack Bauer wears Dick Cheney jammies.)
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To: kjo
All of this silly, silly, coverage is backfiring. The MSM is continuing to commit suicide. They apparently have no idea how bad they look.

While this is not a scientific survey I'm running into lots of people, not all of whom are Republicans, who thing the MSM has come unglued.

LOL! Yes just like my lifelong democrat grandmother who can't believe the coverage.

I found out 2 days ago that my grandfather peppered the First Baptist Church's pastor in her small town, quail hunting many years ago. So something good came of this, I learned some family history that I did not know, LOL.

44 posted on 02/19/2006 12:07:43 PM PST by Lady Heron
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To: Popman
No, no, no. Bush is a raving imbicile and Cheney and Rove are his puppet masters. Cheney shot Whittington to send Bush a message to stay in line.

At least, that's what I heard over at DU.

45 posted on 02/19/2006 12:10:11 PM PST by Bubba_Leroy (What did Rather know and when did he know it?)
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To: wagglebee; ALOHA RONNIE
What an absolute fool Schieffer is...

I'd offer a different adjective/ but I won't in public.
[on sec. thought]-[Schieffer/delusional scumbag]

46 posted on 02/19/2006 12:11:30 PM PST by Sic Luceat Lux
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To: Sic Luceat Lux

There are a lot of adjectives and pronouns that I am often tempted to use regarding the left!


47 posted on 02/19/2006 12:14:12 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: CHICAGOFARMER
Great points which I have been trying to make all week; this puts it so much better than I have.

I am certain that this is why the Sheriff was not spoken to until the following morning and indeed the President until the Monday giving the VP time to get himself together and be able to talk about the incident in a coherent fashion.

He has not ducked or shirked asked for time off or anything but even ended the week in a public appearance in his home state.
48 posted on 02/19/2006 12:20:41 PM PST by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: jocon307
I said before I thought the dems were imploding, but maybe it's actually the MSM. The democrats really haven't been the ones blowing this out of all proportion.

MSM or Democrats.....a distinction without a difference.

49 posted on 02/19/2006 12:23:33 PM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("fake but accurate": NY Times)
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To: kjo; All
But wait. All of this silly, silly, coverage is backfiring. The MSM is continuing to commit suicide. They apparently have no idea how bad they look.



There can be no question that the MSM longs for the "bad old days" when they had some clout.
50 posted on 02/19/2006 12:30:07 PM PST by PerConPat (A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.-- Mencken)
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