Um, what? "Watch why secrecy has been Cheney's modus operandi" - ? Firstly, what does this have to do with this story; second, what the heck?! That's a pretty biased and leading terminology for anyone to use - let alone a respected world news service.
"Ultimately, I'm the guy who pulled the trigger that fired the round that hit Harry [Whittington]," Cheney said in an interview with Fox News, adding that Saturday was "one of the worst days of my life."
"You can talk about all of the other conditions that existed at the time, but that's the bottom line. (Watch why secrecy has been Cheney's modus operandi -- 1:43)
"It was not Harry's fault. You can't blame anybody else. I'm the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend. It's a day I'll never forget."
Can anyone explain this? Can CNN? I'd love to hear what they have to say about this.
Even the Cheney Loyalists agree that employing his trademark secrecy in the aftermath of this incedent was the stupidest thing he could have done which has obviously been the storyu all week which was why they tried to make excuses for the secretiveness and witholding of information, which is the way he has operated regarding everything since taking office. Its not biased, its fact and everyone knows it.ReplyDelete
What secrecy? He chose not to call and make a press conference immediately? Sure, probably wasn't the best decision - but this makes secrecy his "modus operandi"?! This is randomly stuck in to a news report about Cheney's statements? Sorry, not buying it.ReplyDelete
The reclusiveness of the V.P.'s office is well noted. But, you are correct in your point. Lazy HTML guys, that is who I would blame -- and poor oversight of the same.ReplyDelete
Now you know how those of us on the correct side of the aisle feel when FOX News says anything.ReplyDelete
Robbie - find me anything remotely similar. Do they ever say, "Watch why double-talk has been Kerry's modus operandi"? I don't think so, sorry.ReplyDelete
They didn't use the prase "double-talk" but I believe that "flip-flop" was thrown about like a frisbee.ReplyDelete
I don't think Fox interrupted news articles with lines like "See why Kerry is a flip-flopper!!"ReplyDelete
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Sorry about that, needed a spell check ...ReplyDelete
This is all part of the great divide in this country. The right has been saying for years CNN is biased. Can anyone even honestly deny it?
But now, we all know where everyone stands and if someone on the right says CNN is BIASED! Someone like Robbie yells back from the left side of debate .. "Oh yeah, Fox News is even more biased!" … and thus we churn in our own pathetic tit for tat talking points and rhetoric that this country has been stuck in for years ...
They are both bad ... BUT in all fairness, CNN & the NY Times has been especially biased. They don't even try to hide it.
At least CNN and the Times are biased to the good side.ReplyDelete
LOL, Robbie... even though you're wrong. :)ReplyDelete
No one disputes that secretiveness is a trademark of Cheney's office. No one disputes that they felt the need to cover up the incident and deal poorly with the information. No one disputes that the GOP's pr machine made "flip flop" a trademark buzz word for kerry's inconsistency tho im not sure what its got to do with this.ReplyDelete
And about cnn and fox - i was qute amused by that whole thing on fox about how no one cares about how all the biased liberal media is talking so much about whittington and about how no cared about how poor dicky is feeling
No one disputes that secretiveness is a trademark of Cheney's office.ReplyDelete
No one disputes that they felt the need to cover up the incident
What?! Who covered up anything? That's the first time I've heard that.
I think the whole thing is out of hand already. CNN, Fox News, and all should be ashamed for taking up so much space on a non issue while they have eased up reporting on more pressing issues, like the continueing protests over the cartoons and that Iran has restarted their nuclear enrichment program.ReplyDelete
Scott, the vice president of the united states nearly killing someone is important too.ReplyDelete
You know why Cheney is so good at keeping secrets? Because dead men can't talk. This is why I don't go hunting with men who have been dead for 5 years.ReplyDelete
Cheney himself said he didnt tell the media on purposeReplyDelete
Have you read the press briefing transcripts recently? It's pure comedy - cover up and all.
TTC, I agree it's an important story, though I think Scott is complaining that the reporting on other, more important issues, has taken the back burner.ReplyDelete
GT - ? I lost you... :)
TTC - Yes, he felt that Ms. Armstrong was a better person to tell the media. That's not "hiding secrets", sorry.
Robbie - haven't seen... you got a link?ReplyDelete
Seriously buddy, you know as well as anyone that Cheney is absolutely more secretive (as is this Administration) than any in modern memory, save MAYBE the Nixon Administration, but they got caught...
It's about time we saw the news media calling a spade a spade.
See George Will's column today in the WaPo on how it's not just the "oh no!!!-biased liberal media!!!-CNN" types that are fed up with this Administration's lack of regard for due process and the Constitution.
Anyone hear a good reason why he waited well over 10 hours (I've heard both 12 and 14) before making a statement?ReplyDelete
Again, Puck - I keep hearing "everyone knows", but I've yet to hear a good example.ReplyDelete
Mordechai - Yes, in the statement he released.
White House Briefing, Feb 13ReplyDelete
White House Briefing, Feb 14
Just when you think the pain is over, it just starts up again. It's funnier to listen to, but reading will have to do.
Lets put this in perspective - in the pre internet days no one actually asked "what does he do all day" about vice presidents gore, quayle, bush , mondale ...ReplyDelete
Robbie - LOL. Honestly, I'd be embarrassed to be a WH reporter... (Let's see if we can ask the same Q in 15 different ways...) Stuck on stupid.ReplyDelete
Or, let's see how the Press Secretary can evade answering 15 different ways - or prove any more that he had no idea what was going on... I'd be much more embarrassed to be Mclellan than a reporter.ReplyDelete
Well, Ez, on top of this Administration holding hundreds of individuals without trial in Cuba, filing hundreds of briefs in support of bills either restricting FOIA or other related 'keep things secret' cases, claiming a wide-sweeeping Executive Privilege far beyond its predecessors, I figure the most accessible example from the VP would be the Energy policy meetings he had with industry officials behind closed doors in 2001 that resulted in our misguided energy policy (and included Enron executives in the process) that he still refuses to discuss.ReplyDelete
Ezzie: Link please, if you do not mind.ReplyDelete
Puck - The only example of those that's even close is the last one. And I'm not sure why he'd have to reveal any such thing.ReplyDelete
Robbie - All depends on your POV, eh? :)
Mordechai - Interview, Statement 2/14, Statement 2/13.
Whoops - the last 2 are nothing. I thought they were formal statements about the shooting. My bad.ReplyDelete
Well, even if you're only willing to give the final example, this nation's laws are the product of individual citizens, interest groups and our elected representatives coming together and (supposedly) having an open and honest debate about the issues.ReplyDelete
In this specific case - energy policy - one of our most important short and long term national policy laws/strategies was created (almost, and that's generous on my part) entirely by industry, (don't forget ENRON had a seat at the table) and the VP refuses to release anything.
That'd never happen in the Legislature, where FICA rules would have applied.