Thursday, February 16, 2006

CNN Attacks Cheney Interview

CNN has spoken out against the interview Dick Cheney gave to Fox News yesterday, indicating that Cheney purposefully took the interview with conservative-friendly Fox to avoid any challenging questions. Jack Cafferty, a CNN commentator, said "it’s a little bit like Bonnie interviewing Clyde. ... I mean, running over there to the Fox network -- talk about seeking a safe haven."

Of course my fellow Democrats felt the need to chime in against the VP, and called for a more balanced interview. Democratic Sneator Frank Lautenberg said "Now that he feels forced to talk, he wants to restrict the discussion to a friendly news outlet, guaranteeing no hard questions from the press corps."

People, let’s keep our eye on the ball. Today, the coastguard seized $66M in cocaine, a death squad was arrested in Iraq, and Neil Entwistle was extradited to Massachusetts. 40,000 Pakistanis marched protested the Mohammad cartoons, and Hamas nominated an outspoken moderate, Ismail Haniyeh, as the next Prime Minister of Palestine. Russia issued a stern warning against an air strike in Iran, and scientists issued an urgent alarm after multiple glaciers breaking up of the coast of Iceland.

None of the major online news outlets had all seven of these stories on their websites main page; in fact, none had more than three of these stories highlighted. But every online major news outlet I review daily (CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS, Google, and Drudge) had the Cheney interview, and the president’s support of his explanation, as one of the top stories.

This is not like the use of an obviously partisan commission to study our response to Hurricane Katrina. This is not some sort of a tragedy or conspiracy, it is an accident, and does not representative of Cheney’s motives or agenda. Let’s stop turning this into a federal case, and start focusing on the real issues that are facing the world today. This non-story is occupying way too much of the country’s attention.

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