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CNN Feels "The Slapdown"

October 30, 2006

I heard about this over the weekend, but when I saw the video (get it here) I was astounded that a US Media organization needed to be asked by Lynne Cheney “Do you want us to win?”:

Cheney: “Right, But what is CNN doing running terrorist tape of terrorist shooting Americans? I mean, I thought Duncan Hunter asked you a very good question and you didn’t answer it. Do you want us to win?”
Blitzer: “The answer, of course, is we want the United States to win. We are Americans. There’s no doubt about it. You think we want terrorists to win?”
Cheney: “Then why are you running- Why are you running terrorist propaganda?”
Blitzer: “With all due respect- With all due respect, this is not terrorist propaganda.”
Cheney: “Oh, Wolf!”
Blitzer: “This is, this is reporting the news which is what we do. We’re not partisan.”
Cheney: “Where did you get the film?”
Blitzer: “We got the film- Look, this is an issue that has been widely discussed. This is an issue that we reported on extensively. We make no apologies for showing that. That was a very carefully considered decision why we did that. And I think- And I think that if you’re-”
Cheney: “Well, I think it’s shocking.”

Today, VP Dick Cheney likened his wife’s remarks to “The Slapdown”!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Burleson permalink*
    August 8, 2010 5:30 am

    Sean and all, this post was from 2006 and I’m not sure how it came back up. It was back when we also mixed politics in the blog, and though I don’t apologize for it, I have found that politics and civil discussion rarely mix these days. I have ceased it and don’t intend to restart.

  2. Sean DeCoursey permalink
    August 7, 2010 4:56 pm

    I’ve just got to ask, how exactly is combat footage where some of our guys bite it “terrorist propaganda”? And which terrorists are we referring to here? Taliban – more of an insurgency/displaced govt seeking to regain power? Al-quaeda – actual terrorists? Random insurgent group that is annoyed the U.S. Is occupying their country?

    But no, we get no detail or nuance, or even a reflection that maybe, since the army and marines are at war while the rest of the country sits it out or is told to go shopping it might be a good thing if more people than just grunts are exposed to the daily result of “tough guy/chicken hawk” foreign policy. Instead we’re treated to a gross oversimplification and 3rd grade taunts.

    I like what this blog has to say about procurement and modernization a lot, but this type of cowboy “you go girl” commentary is really at a dramatically lower level of thought and consideration than the standard, and mr. burleson should be ashamed of it.

  3. August 7, 2010 3:36 pm

    You know, I usually don’t get it the middle of these discussions but, as someone who occasionally wears the journalist’s hat in “real life”, I have to wonder just what Total had for breakfast this morning.

  4. Total permalink
    August 7, 2010 2:44 pm

    Neither Lynne Cheney nor you seem to be clear on what reporters actually do. It was a remarkably stupid question.

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