February 28, 2007


Cheney's Rules for the Press (Dan Froomkin, February 28, 2007, washingtonpost.com)

After nine days of almost completely ignoring the small pool of reporters who diligently followed him around through seven countries, Vice President Cheney yesterday finally agreed to a short group interview. But only on one condition: The reporters would have to agree not to tell anyone that the person they talked to was him.

Cheney's insistence on being identified as a "senior administration official" -- even when the transcript shows he spoke in the first person -- is in some ways laughably trivial.

But in other ways, the vice president's decision to extort reporters into a ridiculous agreement reflects the contempt Cheney has for the press corps.

The press insists, on the one hand, on its right to be adversarial but then, on the other, whines that it isn't extended the privileges of pals. If you consider yourselves his enemy why shouldn't he?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 28, 2007 8:56 PM

Because he works for us; the press doesn't.
Cheney is a little confused, I think.

Posted by: NFB at February 28, 2007 11:30 PM


So your position is that the press is above the politicians? Or that politicians should ignore the press because it doesn't represent the people?

I'm confused.

Posted by: ratbert at March 1, 2007 12:21 AM

I don't think there's any point in asking NFB to clarify his views. He never responds to questioning. He's a classic Usenet troll, circa 1994.

Posted by: Bryan at March 1, 2007 7:26 AM

Actually, the point that they don't work for us and Cheney does is spot on. In being his enemy they are ours.

Posted by: oj at March 1, 2007 7:26 AM

The press has treated this administration with contempt from the beginning. Heady on the drug of Vietnam and Watergate, it arrogagted to itself policymaking authority decades ago.

Like most druggies, it is now reduced to a smelly and diskempt condition, shambling down the sidewalks muttering to itself.

It's a pity, but the MSM have rendered themselves contemptible. They can still destroy, but are incapable of anything more useful.

Posted by: Molon Labe at March 1, 2007 7:28 AM

The media have proven themselves untrustworthy over a long period of time, so why should Cheney or anyone else even speak to them.

Posted by: erp at March 1, 2007 12:35 PM