3:15 P.M. EDTFuck! Not a single thing fair and balanced about that "interview," now was there? I feel so dirty for having read this transcript, but I don't know if I should take a cleansing shower of have a shot of tequila (the good stuff, sippin' variety - my favorite if you must know is Centenario Anejo). Perhaps both is the antidote...but I digress.
Q Mr. Vice President, how are you?
Q Well, I got to admit, these are good times for the administration. You got -- Zarqawi is dead, revenues are up significantly, the deficit has been cut significantly, the President's trip. And I'm also told there's some breaking news that a high-value insurgent has again been captured in Iraq just now.
Q See, that's why I'm here, to bring you good news.
Q Three hours a day, Mr. Vice President, is all we ask. Let's talk first about the Zarqawi memos and these documents that were captured by U.S. forces just before he was killed last week. Among other things, he's clearly worried the U.S. is winning the war in Iraq. Tell us about your awareness of him and what you think of him.
Q Can an argument be made, Mr. Vice President, that in fact they have worn down the will of some people in this country? Some people -- I don't know if you heard the comments, for example, of John Kerry. This was at the Take Back America conference that they had just earlier this week. And let me play it for you and get your reaction to it:
We were misled. We were given evidence that was not true. It was wrong, and I was wrong.
What are your thoughts on that?
Q But doesn't this really get to the debate -- and there is a distinct difference between the two parties. And you can hear it clearly in what John Kerry is saying. They have a debate going on in the House of Representatives today. This has everything to do with Iraq, the war against Islamic fascism. In many ways -- I guess the distinct difference is that you and the President -- and frankly, I agree with you -- have decided that the time is now and the place is Iraq. I ask most people on the other side of the aisle when I interview them or debate with them, well, do you believe at some point we are going to be at war with those people that have attacked us, that want to destroy our society. They say yes. They just disagree with the time and the place, no?
Q Mr. Vice President, there seems to be a rush to judgment any time there's an allegation made against our troops. We have the Haditha incident that is ongoing right now. We have another incident. We had a father calling -- his son is a Marine, his son hasn't been charged, his son is in shackles in Camp Pendleton. We have the comments of John Murtha. Let me play him for you and get your reaction:
There was no -- there was no firefight. There was no IED that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them. And they killed innocent civilians in cold blood.
What are your thoughts when you hear that?
Q They deserve the presumption of innocence.
Q Mr. Vice President, I guess the most dangerous and volatile situation that is emerging on the world front is the issue of Iran and nuclear weapons. Ahmadinejad has pledged to annihilate Israel, wipe it off the face of the earth. They've not been cooperative with the IAEA. We see the possibility of talks emerging. How do you prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons? And is there a possibility it may take military action?
Q Mr. Vice President, poll numbers have been tough of late, yet the economy is growing and surging. The revenues of the government have increased significantly. We've got elections coming up. We've had a huge victory with Zarqawi. Do you feel the momentum has shifted?
Q Are you comfortable that the Republicans will win?
Q The last question I have is, the biggest criticism I hear from conservatives about the President and the Vice President -- the administration, that's you -- is they're not happy with the proposal on immigration, and anything that would be any kind of forgiveness or amnesty for illegal immigrants. In the 40 seconds we have, your response.
Q Mr. Vice President, we always appreciate having you on. Congratulations. It's been a good run. And last quick question: Do you think you'll be able to pull some troops out quick?
Q Vice President Cheney, thanks for being with us.
END 3:27 P.M. EDT
Friday, June 16, 2006
"Good Times For The Administration:" Fair And Balanced Reporting By Hannity?
Now that Tony the Snow-job is officially on the Whitehouse payroll, the W, Rove and Co have a new favorite MSM shill to do their bidding...you know, ask a set of fair and balanced questions representative of the liberal media the fundies of the GOP so quickly depict every time they receive a negative portrayal due to some honest reporting. Here's the Q from the Q & A from yesterday's "interview" with the Big Dick Cheney in case you wanted to judge for yourself as to whether or not the MSM has a liberal bias: