Depending on who you ask, Brit Hume either did a really good job last night interviewing Vice President Dick Cheney or he was precisely the patsy everyone expected him to be.
Regardless, there were some interesting exchanges, not the least of which were the ones where Cheney went after the press:
“She wanted to go to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, which is the local newspaper, covers that area, to reporters she knew. And I thought that made good sense because you can get as accurate a story as possible from somebody who knew and understood hunting.”
“I had a bit of the feeling that the press corps was upset because, to some extent, it was about them — they didn’t like the idea that we called the Corpus Christi Caller-Times instead of The New York Times. But it strikes me that the Corpus Christi Caller-Times is just as valid a news outlet as The New York Times is, especially for covering a major story in south Texas.”
Later: “I do think what I’ve experienced over the years here in Washington is as the media outlets have proliferated, speed has become sort of a driving force, lots of time at the expense of accuracy.”
Watch out Jack Shafer, Cheney’s gunning for your job.