February 17, 2006
The vice president was interviewed about last Sunday’s shooting incident. He took full responsibility and showed contrition. The interview was with Fox News channel’s Brit Hume and for the big media that was the problem.
Cheney didn’t speak with them, allowing reporters to get more face time. Most so-called journalists care only about themselves and their careers. They are not interested in information, or facts. So the story became Fox News and that Cheney appeared on that network because it supposedly is friendlier to Republicans. But Hume, a veteran journalists, asked all the right questions and he let the vice president answer them. He didn’t posture or interrupt or make himself the story.
Big media reporters do all those things and they project their own prejudices and biases on this story which they basically created out of nothing.
White House reporters, in particular, came off looking mean and vindictive. Even some conservatives are saying the vice president should now resign for many reasons. This story has again revealed why so many Americans dislike and distrust the press.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.