Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Dick Cheney Revisionist History Tour...

The Dick Cheney Revisionist Tour continues with his softball interview last Sunday on the Faux News Channel. Chris Wallace's questions were so soft, he might as well have been throwing Sta-Puf Marshmallows at him.

Cheney has every right to be worried about Attorney General Eric Holder's inquiry into abuses by CIA officials green-lighted by the Bush/Cheney White House on Enhanced Interrogation Techniques. Currently, Holder's investigation is focused on the small fry who "Were Just Following Orders", but expect that to change real soon. Holder can target all the low hanging fruit he wants, but when push comes to shove, all roads still lead to the Vice Presidents Office through John Yoo and David Addington.

Once the Justice Department decides to prosecute, there isn't a defense lawyer around that won't be willing to drag the higher ups into the case. Once that happens, Holder will have no choice but to start looking there as well. Any attempts to suppress the testimony of those who authorized this debacle will rightly be seen as a miscarriage of justice by the American people.

Unlike his daughter Liz who will go on any network to spout the Cheney family fibs, Dick Cheney is a coward with no balls who will only go on FOX knowing he'll get to say his talking points unchallenged. And why shouldn't he. Every other network will run excerpts from his interview putting out the talking points he wants to make. I'm reminded of the old adage that if you repeat a lie enough times, people will start to believe it.

If you want to see how a real reporter interviews a hostile subject, check out Rachel Maddow's interview of a very uncomfortable Tom Ridge earlier this week on her MSNBC show.

Imagine how different our public discourse would be if a politician knew they would be called out on their lies instead of given a free ride by most of what calls itself the mainstream media.

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