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Today Show Implies FNC Hid News of Cheney Beer: Transcript Proves Otherwise
Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 02/16/2006 4:37:33 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

February 16, 2006 - 07:29

An unsuspecting viewer watching this morning's Today show would have thought that Fox News failed to disclose that in his interview by Brit Hume yesterday, VP Cheney acknowledged having a beer at lunch on the day of the shooting incident.

But when it comes to the MSM, it pays to be 'suspecting.'

Here's how NBC White House reporter Kelly O'Donnell artfully chose her words:

"The official White House transcript of the interview shows Cheney said 'I had a beer at lunch.' Fox News did not show that particular clip during Brit Hume's program."

Having watched the Hume/Cheney interview, I was jarred by O'Donnell's statement since I was certain that I had heard reference to the mid-day beer. And sure enough, the interview transcript confirms it:

Brit Hume:

"The Vice-President said he had one beer at lunch, but the afternoon hunt began a couple hours later."

So Hume and Fox News did indeed inform its viewers of the facts, but chose to have Hume report them rather than playing the Cheney clip. Yet the clear inference from the Today show story was that Fox News failed to disclose the lunch-time beer.

If anyone is hiding facts from viewers, it is NBC News and the Today show.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: brithume; cheney; fnc; kellyodonnell; nbc; shootingincident; whittington
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Comment #51 Removed by Moderator

To: Democratshavenobrains
The fact that he wasn't tested for alcohol until the next morning looks bad, we all know that.
No "we" don't. Are you related to Chicken Little?
Get a grip - you're so worried about the lefties you're starting to sound like them.
52 posted on 02/16/2006 5:55:37 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Maria S
How in the world "governs" manages to watch this crap and remain sane is beyond me.

Presumption without proof ;-)

53 posted on 02/16/2006 5:55:39 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; TurkeyHunter

"My troll detector just went into Orange Alert, trending red . . ."


Ding! Ding! I think we may have a winner.

"Turkey Hunter"? Give me a break. It's my guess you have no clue about which end of a shotgun is the business end. If you're legit, please tell me where you "hunt" turkey, and what kind of gun you use.

Should be interesting.


54 posted on 02/16/2006 5:55:52 AM PST by Maria S
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

You know.... I've not commented on this crazy thing. But a couple of things seem true. 1) he'd be in deep trouble if the guy had been killed. (even being an accident) 2) If he had been in Washington doing his job, or trying to figure out how to find Osama, or trying to figure out how to get the WMD's that went to Syria instead of being on a boondoogle none of this would have happened.


55 posted on 02/16/2006 5:56:08 AM PST by kjam22
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To: TurkeyHunter

"Doesn't seem likely there would be manslaughter charges unless death occurs soon and by the wounds directly inflicted by Cheney. Initial reports were that Whittington was 'peppered' superficially but to get pellets near his heart is either pretty good penetration or some freak accident like getting one in a vein that carried it there. If it wasn't a freak accident and the wounds went much deeper than orignally reported, then the logical question is, was there an attempt to conceal evidence by minimizing the extent of the wounding? "

There can't be much of a coverup when no one knows what the truth is.
As far as I could tell, they weren't conducting extensive imaging of the heart until after the heart attack.

Make no mistake..it won't matter when this man dies.
When he does evenutally die - there will be stories about Cheney's responsibility.


57 posted on 02/16/2006 5:59:04 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: lawdude

In oklahoma.... if you're hunting without a license.... you can lose your truck that's parked there, your guns, and there is a STEEP fine. And depending on what you shoot and if it's in season or not.... the fine ramps up and it can include a period of time in the county jail.


59 posted on 02/16/2006 6:01:30 AM PST by kjam22
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To: TurkeyHunter

yeah... it is harsh. And it's the same for fishing without a license. You lose the boat, the gear etc.


61 posted on 02/16/2006 6:03:42 AM PST by kjam22
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To: mariabush
"They actually was calling Fox the f-word network????"

Seems only fair since I refer to CNN as the "c-word network"...

:-)
63 posted on 02/16/2006 6:05:08 AM PST by Skywarner (The U.S. Armed Forces... Producers of FREEDOM for over 200 years!!)
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To: TurkeyHunter
LOL, nice try, as if the SS, ie, law enforcement, would let anyone drunk with a gun around the VP, much less the VP himself.

Does Joe six pack have law enforcement with him 24/7?
64 posted on 02/16/2006 6:05:48 AM PST by roses of sharon ("I would rather men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one". ) (Cato the Elder)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"If anyone is hiding facts from viewers, it is NBC News and the Today show."

Stop the Presses!
Breaking news: NBC Mis-Leads!!!

(do I need a "/sarcasm" tag on this?)

65 posted on 02/16/2006 6:06:21 AM PST by Redbob (I'd rather go hunting with Dick Cheney than ride in a car with Teddy Kennedy!)
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To: TurkeyHunter
That I don't know. I don't know anybody that ever shot a hunting buddy.

I've got a feeling for Joe 6pack.... it wouldn't play out to well. You're drinking.... you have no hunting license... and you shoot somebody. I wouldn't try that in oklahoma.

66 posted on 02/16/2006 6:06:26 AM PST by kjam22
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To: Scotswife

Regarding TurkeyHUnter....kind of a cute trollish thing don't ya think...joins up just today to raise questions about Cheney and raising questions of a cover up...

IBTZ just to be on the safe side!


67 posted on 02/16/2006 6:07:07 AM PST by mdmathis6 (Proof against evolution:"Man is the only creature that blushes, or needs to" M.Twain)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Kelly O'Donnell is an unabashed left-wing anti-Bush angry liberal. During the 04 campaign she ran the worst Bush bashing pieces I ever saw, with the exception of Dan Rather's and Mary Mapes' debacle.


69 posted on 02/16/2006 6:08:35 AM PST by moose2004 (You Can Run But You Can't Hide!)
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To: Democratshavenobrains

So, under what authority would a breathalyzer test be ordered?

It is only required if one is operating a motor vehicle.


70 posted on 02/16/2006 6:09:31 AM PST by BillM
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The interview between Couric and Mary Matlin was priceless, IMO.

I love it when Matlin rolls her eyes while Couric spews.

Matlin said that she heard 4 different versions of the event and defended Cheney's decision to allow Ms. Armstrong to notify the local press....since she was an eyewitness.

When Katie cited the LA Times, and Chency's penchant for secrecy, Matlin rolled her eyes. Priceless.

72 posted on 02/16/2006 6:11:18 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: lawdude

HE HAD A CURRENT LICENCE!!! He did not have the Quail sticker. Read the reports!


74 posted on 02/16/2006 6:12:11 AM PST by BillM
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To: kjam22
"I've got a feeling for Joe 6pack.... it wouldn't play out to well. You're drinking.... you have no hunting license... and you shoot somebody. I wouldn't try that in oklahoma."

I quit drinking a little over two years ago. These days I'm completely sober when I shoot people.

75 posted on 02/16/2006 6:13:30 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: moose2004

Interesting didn't know that. I keep an eye on Kelly since her reports typically serve as set-ups for the opening segment. By and large I have found her relatively harmless, but this morning was a stunning exception.


76 posted on 02/16/2006 6:13:30 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

You know, I used to lament the fact that there were only 3 channels on TV. Now I haven't watched television in over 2 years and I don't miss it at all!


77 posted on 02/16/2006 6:17:16 AM PST by jellybean (George Allen 2008)
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To: lawdude
The conspriazoid troll has nothing, as usual, he just can't get over their loss of 2000 and 2004.

Sad.
78 posted on 02/16/2006 6:18:34 AM PST by roses of sharon ("I would rather men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one". ) (Cato the Elder)
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To: Skywarner

But, you are not on television with children watching!!!!


79 posted on 02/16/2006 6:19:48 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: governsleastgovernsbest

Hey Turkey got Zotted!


80 posted on 02/16/2006 6:23:36 AM PST by mdmathis6 (Proof against evolution:"Man is the only creature that blushes, or needs to" M.Twain)
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To: mdmathis6

You talkin' to me? ;-)


81 posted on 02/16/2006 6:24:32 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

No I was speaking about TurkeyHunter!


82 posted on 02/16/2006 6:25:54 AM PST by mdmathis6 (Proof against evolution:"Man is the only creature that blushes, or needs to" M.Twain)
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To: mdmathis6

Thanks. I was worried about being booted off my own thread ;-)


83 posted on 02/16/2006 6:28:23 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: mdmathis6
I was responding to him and telling him his moniker should be CHENEYhunter instead of turkeyhunter...and evidently he was being zotted at that time since the preview feature wouldn't work because the "reply to" box didn't show his name.

May he rest in pieces.

84 posted on 02/16/2006 6:28:43 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: DCPatriot
May he rest in pieces.

LOL!

85 posted on 02/16/2006 6:29:28 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
FOX should sue her and NBC for multiple millions unless she publicly and prominently apologizes.
86 posted on 02/16/2006 6:29:46 AM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: untrained skeptic

It will certainly be interesting to follow how Fox responds to NBC's slur.


87 posted on 02/16/2006 6:31:10 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

That would be a shame LOL!


88 posted on 02/16/2006 6:31:33 AM PST by mdmathis6 (Proof against evolution:"Man is the only creature that blushes, or needs to" M.Twain)
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL


89 posted on 02/16/2006 6:31:47 AM PST by kjam22
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To: DCPatriot

The viking kitties didn't even have time to pounce!


90 posted on 02/16/2006 6:33:08 AM PST by mdmathis6 (Proof against evolution:"Man is the only creature that blushes, or needs to" M.Twain)
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To: McGavin999
If one beer kept me drunk for five hours, I wouldn't have had to spend so much on beer in college.
91 posted on 02/16/2006 6:35:28 AM PST by KarlInOhio (In this year's White House play, Henry VI part II, VP Cheney got the role of Dick the Butcher.)
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To: TexGuy

So, in other words, NBC lied again.


92 posted on 02/16/2006 6:41:51 AM PST by zook
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To: Mo1
Sorry. I'm not normally a spell-check nazi, but I must make one correction to your post:

Cafferty FileVile

There now, that's better.
93 posted on 02/16/2006 6:44:48 AM PST by Hegemony Cricket (Wowsers! Go, go gadget gadget play!)
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To: PeoplesRepublicOfWashington
Having one beer two hours before any incident is non-news. It only takes one hour to metabolize one beer.

Nonsense! If a person is going to drink, they should enter into a padded room for 24 hours in order not to injure themselves or others!! I see massive denial with people here of FreeRepublic in regards to the effects of alcohol and their own addiction to it.

I used to have the occasional drink and watch beer commercials on TV until I educated myself on the subject. No more!! (/sarcasm...doing Goldfinger1 impression)

94 posted on 02/16/2006 6:45:57 AM PST by Ghengis (Alexander was a wuss!)
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To: mariabush
"But, you are not on television with children watching!!!!"

This is true. ;-) My mug would probably break the camera. Of course, anytime I tune to CNN, my TV acts up anyways.

By the way, the "C-word" in my definition of CNN refers to "Communist" and "Cult of islam."
95 posted on 02/16/2006 6:46:32 AM PST by Skywarner (The U.S. Armed Forces... Producers of FREEDOM for over 200 years!!)
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To: All

FOX NEWS JUST ANNOUNCED THAT BRIT WILL BE COMING ON SOON TO DISCUSS REACTION TO THE INTERVIEW.

Let's see if he mentions Today's misleading report.


96 posted on 02/16/2006 6:48:46 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: kjam22

He had a hunting licence -- he didn't have a new stamp that just went into effect.


97 posted on 02/16/2006 6:54:46 AM PST by PhiKapMom (Throw out OK's Governor DoLittle in 2006! Allen in 2008!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
How in the world "governs" manages to watch this crap and remain sane is beyond me.

Presumption without proof ;-)

Or, "assumes facts not in evidence." :)

98 posted on 02/16/2006 7:04:58 AM PST by Steve1789 (Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. -A.L.)
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To: Steve0113
Assumes facts not in evidence.

LOL. That's exactly the legal term I was searching for - thanks!

99 posted on 02/16/2006 7:06:43 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: kjam22
If he had been in Washington doing his job, or trying to figure out how to find Osama, or trying to figure out how to get the WMD's that went to Syria instead of being on a boondoogle none of this would have happened.

It was a Saturday afternoon/evening. Were you working at that time?

Also, do you have the slightest clue what a "boondoogle" (sic) is?

100 posted on 02/16/2006 7:09:00 AM PST by Steve1789 (Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. -A.L.)
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