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Alan Simpson: Cheney Coverage Was 'Crap'
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Posted on 02/20/2006 7:30:43 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Alan Simpson: Cheney Coverage Was 'Crap'

Former Sen. Alan Simpson blasted the media's obsessive reporting on Dick Cheney hunting accident on Sunday, saying reporters typically focus on nothing but "controversy, crap and confusion."

"How are we to trust [the press], after a whole week of absolute dribble, and babble, and people, you know, interviewing themselves," he told "Fox News Sunday."

Noting that Washington is filled with "good people doing good things," Simspon fumed: "You'll never find it if you just follow the Washington media. You'll never know the good. All you get is controversy, crap and confusion."

Simpson said reporters ignored the only real news in the Cheney story because of their cultural biases.

"There is a human element here that got lost in the perfect storm of people who don't like Cheney," he explained. "They don't like hunting. They don't like guns. They don't like people who kill birds and eat them. I mean, good grief."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: alansimpson; cheney; harrywhittington; hystericalmedia
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1 posted on 02/20/2006 7:30:45 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
and people, you know, interviewing themselves

LOL... That's true!

2 posted on 02/20/2006 7:34:01 AM PST by paudio
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To: Sub-Driver

bump


3 posted on 02/20/2006 7:34:12 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: Baynative

This story turned out great, though. The old dude Whittington is ok, Cheney is ok. That @ss clown David Gregory made a complete fool of himself. Just think how he must be seething at all the commentary from the right about his "performance" last week. I don't find McClellan all that impressive, to say the least, but man he sure set the trap for Gregory. What a preening ninny. Really made fools out of the press.


5 posted on 02/20/2006 7:38:27 AM PST by Huck (Roe/Kelo: You have a right to privacy IN your bedroom; you just don't have a right TO your bedroom.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I watched that interview, and got a real kick out of it. He is so right about the MSM, they offer nothing except "controversy, crap, and confusion". The real news story last week was Al Gore and his case of oral diarrhea. The MSM of course didn't want anyone to even think about that.


6 posted on 02/20/2006 7:40:05 AM PST by midwyf (Eliminate government involvement in the environmental religion too.)
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To: Sub-Driver
"How are we to trust [the press], after a whole week of absolute dribble, and babble, and people, you know, interviewing themselves," he told "Fox News Sunday."


This is actually the way the modern press is...all year. Turn that garbage off and you will be a lot more informed.
7 posted on 02/20/2006 7:40:30 AM PST by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: Sub-Driver
"There is a human element here that got lost in the perfect storm of people who don't like Cheney," he explained. "They don't like hunting. They don't like guns. They don't like people who kill birds and eat them. I mean, good grief."

LOL! So very true.

8 posted on 02/20/2006 7:40:39 AM PST by PilloryHillary (Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.)
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To: Huck

It wasn't just from the right; that's probably what bothers Gregory the most; but Mary Matalin slapped the crap out of him and Maureen Dowd yesterday on MTP.

I was thinking last night about the difference in the way they reported 9/11 and how progressively they have gone downhill since then; I thought it had peaked with Katrina; boy, was I wrong.


9 posted on 02/20/2006 7:41:20 AM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: Sub-Driver

I miss Senator Simpson. He spoke at my high school graduation. (Wyoming) He has his head on straight.


10 posted on 02/20/2006 7:43:03 AM PST by TChris ("Unless you act, you're going to lose your world." - Mark Steyn)
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To: Baynative
They also buried the Saddam tape story during this time. Convenient, isn't it?
11 posted on 02/20/2006 7:44:31 AM PST by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: Huck

Any hope David Gregory had of rising further in his career he killed last week.


12 posted on 02/20/2006 7:44:37 AM PST by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don't help...)
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To: Sub-Driver

Thanks for the new tagline!


13 posted on 02/20/2006 7:45:11 AM PST by sauropod ("All you get is controversy, crap and confusion." Alan Simpson on WH Pimp Corps.)
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To: Sub-Driver

14 posted on 02/20/2006 7:45:32 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Visit Free Republic to enjoy shameless Schadenfreude as the lies of liberals are exposed!)
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To: Sub-Driver

15 posted on 02/20/2006 7:46:16 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Visit Free Republic to enjoy shameless Schadenfreude as the lies of liberals are exposed!)
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To: Howlin

I just barely caught the last minute of the MTP thing. When do you suppose the wheels came off? I think it was FLA 2000. That's when the loony left finally went completely insane.


16 posted on 02/20/2006 7:47:29 AM PST by Huck (Roe/Kelo: You have a right to privacy IN your bedroom; you just don't have a right TO your bedroom.)
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To: Huck
You're probably right; somewhere about 2:30 a.m. on Election Night when it was called for Bush the second time.

I never thought of it that way, but you're absolutely right.

But here's some insight from Simpson on that:

And let me tell you, if anybody thinks — if this had happened to anybody else in America, it would have been like a sparrow belch in a typhoon.

WALLACE: Fair to say that your friend doesn't have much regard for the mainstream press, sir?

SIMPSON: I tell you, no. I think he has a high regard for the press, but he has a dismissiveness to stupidity. And where it started, where it started was when he and Colin Powell and Pete Williams, their press guy, when he was secretary of defense, answering questions on the first Gulf War, questions like when will you attack, where will the attack take place and how many forces.

Now, you've got to have rock for brains to ask questions like that. And I think at that time he just thought if they're goofy like that, you know, why not just stay away from them.

***Maybe that's when they started going mad and we missed all the signs.

BTW, this is a great quote from Simpson:

And let me tell you, if anybody thinks — if this had happened to anybody else in America, it would have been like a sparrow belch in a typhoon.

I love this man.

18 posted on 02/20/2006 7:52:23 AM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: Sub-Driver

 


19 posted on 02/20/2006 7:53:27 AM PST by Fintan (Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must...undergo the fatigue of supporting it.)
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To: Baynative

The press hurts us in two ways.

By reporting forever such non-stories as the Cheney hunting accident just to bash Republicans.

By not reporting stories that would have a huge impact on this whole country if the truth were reported objectively on such matters as Able Danger.


20 posted on 02/20/2006 7:53:28 AM PST by Supernatural (Lay me doon in the caul caul groon, whaur afore monie mair huv gaun)
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To: Howlin

Simpson used to crack me up. He once said of Sam Donaldson, "Sam is a self-made man, thus saving God from an awesome responsibility." Anyway, yeah, I think Sore Loserdom is a sickness that has completely possessed the left. They were always nutty, but now they are totally unhinged.


21 posted on 02/20/2006 7:57:28 AM PST by Huck (Roe/Kelo: You have a right to privacy IN your bedroom; you just don't have a right TO your bedroom.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Simpson hits the bull's eye.

As an aside... I made some good food with a bird last eve... chicken-vegetable-noodle soup... very good on a chilly N. Texas eve.

Speaking of good bird, anyone ever have dove wrapped in bacon and cooked over an open flame?

I'm getting hungry ;-)

22 posted on 02/20/2006 8:05:35 AM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Grampa Dave

LOL! Are you getting talented or did you borrow like I do?


23 posted on 02/20/2006 8:06:44 AM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: Spunky

I have zero creative talent. However, I have great talent in recognizing talent and then "borrowing" it.


24 posted on 02/20/2006 8:11:51 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Visit Free Republic to enjoy shameless Schadenfreude as the lies of liberals are exposed!)
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To: PhiKapMom

I like Simpson about as much as I like McMeMeMe -- which is to say, not.

But like McInsane, sometimes he's right. Like this time.

Watch him to pull a McLame on his next public statement.

Dan


25 posted on 02/20/2006 8:14:20 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Sub-Driver

We out here in the real America consider them a whole bunch of IDIOTS.........


26 posted on 02/20/2006 8:14:46 AM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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To: P-40

For anyone paying the slightest attention, this over the top reaction by the MSM was quite an eyeopener.


27 posted on 02/20/2006 8:15:07 AM PST by OldFriend (MSM ~ controversy, crap, & confusion.....compliments of Alan Simpson)
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To: OldFriend
For anyone paying the slightest attention, this over the top reaction by the MSM was quite an eyeopener.


Katrina should have been an eye-opener to most people also...but I doubt most consumers of the MSM fare were awake enough to understand that. I'm certain they did not watch the hearings.
28 posted on 02/20/2006 8:20:48 AM PST by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: paudio

controversy, crap and confusion
The 3 c's of modern journalism
I have a one word response

Rosebud


29 posted on 02/20/2006 8:27:06 AM PST by Waverunner
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To: P-40
The effect the media had on people's perceptions of Katrina were totally undone by Nagin.

This craziness could be understood even by those city folks who never even saw a quail or a gun.

30 posted on 02/20/2006 8:28:51 AM PST by OldFriend (MSM ~ controversy, crap, & confusion.....compliments of Alan Simpson)
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To: Sub-Driver
The Cheney LMSM overreaction trip wired our daughter to go off politically, and believe me, for her to become bestirred, takes some kind of doing.
31 posted on 02/20/2006 8:30:06 AM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis
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To: Mr. K
Any hope David Gregory had of rising further in his career he killed last week.

That "baby" wasn't aborted, it was stillborn.

32 posted on 02/20/2006 8:30:52 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Proud to be a cotton-pickin' Republican on the GOP Plantation)
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To: Sub-Driver
"controversy, crap and confusion."

The Controversy,Crap and Confusion Press!

33 posted on 02/20/2006 8:33:28 AM PST by airborne
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To: Howlin
I just love the fact that their hypocrisy shows no bounds.

When it was learned privately that Bubba was having a tryst with some fat intern, Newsweek sat on the story, and when Drudge ran with it, the left-winged press, in all it's unhinged bias, was angrier at Drudge than they were with Clinton for exposing a story they were hellbent on sitting on for the remainder of Clinton's second term.

The left-winged media made it more about themselves and their hero Clinton, than anything else because their space had been violated by some alleged and delusioned "VRWC".

34 posted on 02/20/2006 8:37:59 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Proud to be a cotton-pickin' Republican on the GOP Plantation)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
I think you've hit on it.

They also are peeved that a local paper got the scoop - and that the story wasn't handed to them on a silver platter.

They're not reporters - they're just glorified news readers. And naturally they despise reporters like the folks that work for the Caller-Times -- because they are really doing the job that the DC Press Corpse only pretends to do.

35 posted on 02/20/2006 8:41:49 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Grampa Dave

Love this collage of pix!! I wonder how long before we see a web site on Mr. Cheney similar to the one on Chuck Norris?


36 posted on 02/20/2006 8:41:52 AM PST by miele man
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To: Sub-Driver

I was hooting watching the interview... he was great!


37 posted on 02/20/2006 8:42:47 AM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Baynative
ignoring the Able Danger hearings is all we need to know about their concerns for America.<<

or what about Al Gore's speech?...Has that even been mentioned in the MSM?
38 posted on 02/20/2006 8:46:22 AM PST by M-cubed (Why is "Greshams Law" a law?)
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To: AnAmericanMother
The sheer beauty of it is, they're ticked a local paper is reporting a local South Texas story relevant to their area and to their readers! That's what is so hilarious about this whole fiasco! LOL!

It's no different than finding out what's going on in Washington by reading the Washington Times, or the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle "scooping" Cheney's visit to Cheyenne. LOL!

39 posted on 02/20/2006 8:49:06 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Proud to be a cotton-pickin' Republican on the GOP Plantation)
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To: Sub-Driver

I couldn't agree with ex-Sanator Simpson more.


40 posted on 02/20/2006 8:52:26 AM PST by TAdams8591
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To: Sub-Driver
...something good must be going on with all this, quote, evil, secret stuff."

Damn, I miss him.

41 posted on 02/20/2006 9:02:19 AM PST by harrowup (Born perfect and humble about it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The media knows it's crap, too. It's their strategy to keep the real news from getting out.


42 posted on 02/20/2006 9:11:08 AM PST by ViLaLuz (Stop the ACLU - Support the Public Expression of Religion Act 2005 - Call your congressmen.)
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To: Sub-Driver

"controversy, crap and confusion" bump!

I'm reminded of a Three Stooges skit, showing their phony "press" id (knobs removed from sinks, I think?) to get into some place -

Larry: "Press!"
Moe: "Press!"
Curly: "Pull!..."


43 posted on 02/20/2006 9:36:24 AM PST by talleyman (Kerry & the Surrender-Donkey Treasoncrats - trashing the troops for 40 years.)
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To: Mr. K
Any hope David Gregory had of rising further in his career he killed last week.

Got to respectfully disagree...Reporters that demonstrate a willingness to 'go after' an administration are celebrated among the press literati. I expect he is in for a raise.

44 posted on 02/20/2006 9:48:39 AM PST by aligncare (Watergate killed journalism)
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To: Baynative

Thanks for the ping!


45 posted on 02/20/2006 10:07:11 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: OldFriend
The effect the media had on people's perceptions of Katrina were totally undone by Nagin.


LOL! There is a lot to that statement. The funny thing is I saw Nagin on a local station the Monday of the storm discussing the rescue efforts underway and he really was on the ball. What happened after that...
46 posted on 02/20/2006 12:04:29 PM PST by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: Sub-Driver

LOL Simpson rocks


47 posted on 02/20/2006 12:05:31 PM PST by lawgirl (Cake is a powerful food!)
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To: Baynative

"They also buried the Saddam tape story during this time. Convenient, isn't it? It would seem that in this whole journalistic circus there would be at least ONE person curious to know what was dedacted from the Barrett Report!"


Interesting! I hadn't thought about it being a cover for the Saddam tapes .. but that and the Barrett Report would be good enough reasons to make a mountain out of a mole hill with Cheney - who the media already hates.


48 posted on 02/20/2006 3:33:51 PM PST by CyberAnt (Democrats/Old Media: "controversy, crap and confusion" -- Amen!)
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To: Baynative

They already know why the pages were hidden - and I thought it was more like 400 pages - not 120.


50 posted on 02/20/2006 10:36:52 PM PST by CyberAnt (Democrats/Old Media: "controversy, crap and confusion" -- Amen!)
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