Monday, October 30, 2006

Lynne Cheney On Blitzer

Here is a video you may want to watch. Lynne Cheney delicately, elegantly, and brilliantly reverses the roles in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. In this clip, Mrs. Cheney becomes the interviewer and Blitzer becomes the interviewee.

This technique is an artform and she pulled it off magnificently. She did it in a most eloquent fashion and did not come off as angry and indignant. As a result of this reversal, Wolf appeared to look a bit uncomfortable (at least he did to me). He is the one used to putting people on the defensive. But in this instance, I think he was taken by surprise.


See what you think.


UPDATE (10-30, 4:05PM) - AC at Fore Left has some follow up to this interview here. It seems that Wolf is up in arms about Mrs' Cheney's refusal to give a pass to Mr. Blitzer on CNN's showing of the now famous sniper video and some of the other questions she presented to him.

AC makes an excellent point in his critique of the situation:

Blitzer's not fooling anyone. Enemy snipers have been operating in Iraq for a LONG TIME, yet they saw no reason to give them special coverage until less than a month before the election.

Iraq being the only issue that the Dems have a real chance of exploiting, this should come as no real surprise. But allow me to point something out that I do not recall being discussed, as of yet.

Given the success of the Jihadists' recent ventures into the film industry, has anyone considered that this video may have been part of a Pallywood movie set?

If this turned out to be the case, how credible would CNN appear, then? Move over al-Reuters.

5 comments:

A.C. McCloud said...

She handled herself well. It's clear they brought her in to get her book embroiled in the Webb novel nonsense.

Just an FYI. Blitzer is now saying he was shocked that Mrs. Cheney
was "sniping" at his patriotism by questioning him about the sniper video. Nice.

LASunsett said...

AC,

//Just an FYI. Blitzer is now saying he was shocked that Mrs. Cheney
was "sniping" at his patriotism by questioning him about the sniper video. Nice.//


It's easy to see why anyone would question Blitzer's (and others like him) patriotism, when they present such a one-sided view of the Iraq war. As with anything there are always two sides to every coin, both sides make some good points and counterpoints at times. But when gloom and doom is the only thing you hear or read from certain outlets, that's the picture that is being painted for people that are not able to use their analytical skills to sort through it all.

Don't get me wrong here, I am not saying that these people do not have a right to express their opinions (even if they differ with the administration's). But any news organization that is in the business of reporting news, should report all aspects of the story.

The other thing I have noticed is, when a news journalist is asked point blank if they want the US to win, they very seldom give a direct answer. In my mind, the answer should be yes or no. This is a closed ended question that many politicians and journalists attempt to turn into an open ended question, for the specific purpose of dancing around it.

superfrenchie said...

It will always surprise me why Americans care about what non-elected spouses of their elected officials have to say.

IMHO, who cares?

LASunsett said...

SF,

It depends. If they can articulate an argument well, it's no different than the way you and I state our views on our blogs.

A.C. McCloud said...

It will always surprise me why Americans care about what non-elected spouses of their elected officials have to say.

That would seem to include Mr. and Mrs. Clinton at various points in time. On that, I agree.

But the pulling of Lynn Cheney into this Webb mess was ridiculous and she had every right to respond.

As to answering the win/lose question, what's so hard about saying, "it's the people trying to murder everyone else away from self-governance" Simple as that.