Johnny Dollar has video from later on in Special Report where they discuss reaction to the FNC mega-exclusive…
February 15, 2006
Here are some highlights from tonight’s Brit Hume interview with Vice President Dick Cheney which will air on Special Report in about 15 minutes on Fox News Channel…
On his involvement in the hunting accident:
“Ultimately, I’m the guy who pulled the trigger and fired the round that hit Harry, and you can talk about all of the other conditions that existed at the time, but that’s the bottom line. And there’s no-it’s not Harry’s fault. You can’t blame anybody else. I’m the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend. That’s something I’ll never forget.”
On what happened after he shot Harry Whittington:
“The image of him [Whittington] falling is something I’ll never be able to get out of my mind. I fired, and here’s Harry falling, and it was, I’d have to say, one of the worst days of my life, that moment.”
On how he informed the media of what happened:
“Katharine [Armstrong] suggested-and I agreed-that she would go make the announcement. So she put the story out, and I thought that made good sense for several reasons. First of all, she was an eyewitness. She saw the whole thing. Second of all, she’d grown up on the ranch, she’d hunted there all of her life. Third, she was the immediate past head of the Texas Wildlife and Parks Department, the Game Control Commission of the State of Texas, an acknowledged expert in all of this, and that she wanted to go to The Corpus Christi Caller Times, which is the local newspaper that covers that area to a reporter she knew.”
“I thought that made good sense because you get as accurate a story as possible from somebody who knew and understood hunting, and then it would immediately go up to the wires and be posted on the website, which is the way it went out. And I thought that was the right call…I still do.”
CNN’s Jack Cafferty stuck his nose into the Dick Cheney interview on FNC story on The Situation Room today…
WOLF BLITZER: Let’s go up to New York. Jack Cafferty standing by with “The Cafferty File.” First of all, what did you make of Dick Cheney’s interview today?
JACK CAFFERTY, CNN ANCHOR: Well, I obviously didn’t see it because it hasn’t been released in its entirety yet. But I would guess it didn’t exactly represent a Profile in Courage for the vice president to wander over there to the f-word network for a sit down with Brit Hume.
That’s a little like Bonnie interviewing Clyde, ain’t it? Where was the news conference? Where was the access to all of the members of the media? Whatever.
BLITZER: You still think he needs to do a full-scale news conference and invite all the cameras, all the reporters and ask whatever they want?
CAFFERTY: That’s never going to happen. But running over there to the Fox network. Talk about seeking a safe haven. He’s not going to get any high hard ones from anybody at the f-word network. I think we know that.
UPDATE: Wolf Blitzer had on J.C. Watts and Donna Brazile to discuss the interview. Transcript follows…
Which will be more kibitzed about by the chattering class and their ideologically driven bretheren after the interview is over: Cheney’s response or Hume’s questions?
The interview was to appear on Fox News Channel at 6 p.m. ET, the network and the White House announced.
UPDATE 2: CNN.com put its story up at 3:11 ET…
The New York Observer’s Rebecca Dana reports that Alexis Glick, who had been spending the majority of her time on the Today Show with some fill-in anchoring on MSNBC, is off the Today Show. She also reports that MSNBC anchor Natalie Morales is becoming a full time correspondent for Today.
While her colleagues schlepped around Turin to attend maximum-security parties at NBC’s lavish compound and fawn over the scenery, Ms. Glick cleared off her desk last week and shuffled out the door of 30 Rock.
Speculation favored her re-emergence at CNBC, where she began her television career as a trading correspondent.
“This is another case where they build up somebody in the press, make them believe they’re the next big thing, and then cut them off at the knees,” said one NBC source.