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Watchdog: Media Will Be Hostile to Cheney Memoir

Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 01:39 PM

By David A. Patten

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney will face “stunningly hostile and derisive” coverage of his new memoir, based on how the media have treated him in the past, the conservative Media Research Center group predicts.

Dick Cheney, memoir, book, media“The liberal press has mocked and vilified Cheney’s conservativsm and terror-fighting policies for more than a decade,” writes MRC Research Director Rich Noyes.

Liberal networks treated Cheney as a respected GOP leader until he joined the Republican ticket in 2000, Noyes said. After that, they began portraying Cheney as a man of extreme views who was “anti-equal rights.”

The anti-Cheney coverage escalated after 9/11, when Cheney became the convenient lightning rod, Noyes says.

“What happened after 9/11 is that the Bush administration, especially Cheney, refused to accept the Clinton administration's approach to terrorism as a law enforcement problem,” Noyes tells Newsmax.

“Instead, they treated the 9/11 attacks as an act of war and made the top priority protecting the homeland from future attacks. Cheney was uniquely vilified by the left, in part because he did not aspire to be president himself, which meant he did not develop his own PR machine to fend off attacks.

“Bush eventually faced the same criticisms, as did Rumsfeld, Rice, Ashcroft, etc., but the media's criticism of Cheney has been harsher than that of anyone else in that administration,” he says.

Noyes adds that Cheney was more vilified than any other U.S. vice president in history, with the possible exception of Aaron Burr, who served as Thomas Jefferson’s vice president and during his term killed federalist Alexander Hamilton in a duel in July 1804.

This culminated with a remark by comedic figure Bill Maher, who remarked: “I’m just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That’s a fact.”

Other examples Noyes cites of the media barrage leveled at Cheney, whose book, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,”  is to be released next week:
  • “When you talk about votes like that, that he [Dick Cheney] made while in Congress — anti-affirmative action, anti-abortion, anti-gun control, anti-equal rights — how does George Bush portray him as a compassionate conservative?” — "Today" co-host Matt Lauer to Tim Russert, July 26, 2000.
  • “I read you once took a psychological profile test, and it said the position you’re most suited for is undertaker.” — ABC’s Claire Shipman to Vice President Cheney in an interview shown Aug. 31, 2004.
  • “There are those who believe that Dick Cheney has led this administration and this president down a path of recklessness, that maybe his approach, his dark approach to this constant battle against another civilization, is actually the wrong approach for ultimately keeping America safe.” — NBC White House reporter David Gregory on MSNBC, Sept. 1, 2004.
  • “The day I say Dick Cheney is going to run for President, I’ll kill myself. All we need is one more liar.” — Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas, as quoted in The Hill, July 28, 2005.
  • “I’d like to put this personally, if I can. You’re a grandfather. I’m a father. When we look at those girls and we think that the country we’re about to pass to them is a country where the Vice President can’t say whether or not we have secret prisons around the world, whether water-boarding and mock executions is consistent with our values, and a country where the government is surveilling Americans without the warrant of a court — is that the country we want to pass on to them?” — Co-anchor Terry Moran to Cheney on ABC’s "Nightline," Dec. 19, 2005.
  • “Cheney is a terrorist. He terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately. Who ever thought [accidental shooting victim] Harry Whittington would be the answer to America’s prayers. Finally, someone who might get that lying, thieving Cheney into a courtroom to answer some direct questions.” — Actor and left-wing activist Alec Baldwin in a Feb. 17, 2006, blog entry, HuffingtonPost.com.
  • “I think we need a trial, in this country, where Mr. Cheney and Mr. Bush would be brought up on charges for causing the deaths of so many people . . . ” — Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore on MSNBC’S Hardball, July 23, 2007.
  • “Is Cheney a goon? I don’t mean that to be like a smart ass, but he seems like he might be a goon . . . .My feeling about Cheney — and also Bush, but especially Cheney — is that he just couldn’t care less about Americans. And the same is true of George Bush. And all they really want to do is somehow kiss up to the oil people . . . Is there any humanity in either of these guys?” — CBS “Late Show” host David Letterman, June 11, 2008.
  • “I think this has been a profoundly un-American administration . . . [But] it’s going to be very hard to prosecute these people. The Obama folks don’t want to do it, because they want to focus on the big problems we have going forward. It might happen overseas, you know, I raised the possibility of Cheney being snatched mid-stream while, you know, fly fishing in Norway, as Augusto Pinochet, the dictator in Chile, was.” — “Time” magazine’s Joe Klein on MSNBC, Jan. 8, 2009.
  • “Well, 100,000 people are dead now because he got it wrong about nuclear weapons before, back in 2001. We have to remember that Dick Cheney was wrong in a way that was lethal . . . He does seem like a character out of Dr. Strangelove.” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on “Hardball,” Feb. 4, 2009.
  • “He is an enemy of the country, in my opinion, Dick Cheney is, he is an enemy of the country . . . I just think the guy’s such a freakin’ loser. You know, Lord, take him to the Promised Land, will you? See, I don’t even wish the guy goes to hell, I just want to get him the hell out of here.”— Ed Schultz, “The Ed Schultz Show,” May 11, 2009.
  • “You’re damn right, Dick Cheney’s heart’s a political football. We ought to rip it out and kick it around and stuff it back in him.” — Ed Schultz on “The Ed Schultz Show,” Feb. 24, 2010.
Editor's Note: To get a copy of Dick Cheney's book, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” at a good price — Go Here Now.

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