Friday, January 26, 2007

Wolf Blitzer's simple mind

via PJ Media. VP Cheney and Blitzer re: Cheney's new grandchild. What an embarrassment Blitzer is.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bill ... given the fact that a huge portion of the GOP is the Religious Right (which includes Focus on the Family).

If a political party like the GOP is going to associate with homophobic bigots, this question is going to be asked.

Keep in mind that Wolf Blitzer didn't attack Mary Cheney's decision to have a child outside a male-female marriage.

Mary Cheney is being attacked by conservative allies of the Vice President.

You may want to check out the following link from Newsday:

Questions hit too close to home for Cheney
http://www.newsday.com/news/columnists/ny-nyhen265067286jan26,0,3440117.column?coll=ny-news-columnists

Here's a quote from this article:

"So Blitzer asked the vice president for his reaction to the uproar.

As Cheney began to answer, he sounded the way most proud grandparents would.

"I'm delighted," he said. "I'm delighted I'm about to have a sixth grandchild, Wolf, and obviously think the world of both of my daughters and all of my grandchildren."

But then the vice president caught himself. He quickly turned on his questioner, saying the anchor had no right to bring up the issue at all.

Blitzer explained that he was in fact quite sympathetic to Mary and Heather, but that others had raised the issue and he was simply following up.

"That was just a question that's come up, and it's a responsible, fair question," Blitzer said.

Cheney wouldn't have any of it. "I just fundamentally disagree with your perspective," he said.

It was a strange and uncomfortable exchange. And it left some obvious questions in its wake.

Was Cheney too jumpy? Was Blitzer out of line? And how is it that a sitting vice president, famously loyal to every other position of his administration, decides to beg off in this one case?

This much is certain in our obsessively revelatory era: The family lives of those in the White House will be talked about. In the Clinton years, no one ever felt constrained from discussing the most intimate details of Bill's and Hillary's personal lives.

Now the laser focus has turned on the Bushes and the Cheneys, and they don't seem to like it any more than the Clintons did.

It's a little strange, actually, casting Dick Cheney as a big supporter of gay rights and privacy. If he didn't have a gay daughter, does anyone think the vice president would be speaking up mom-mom bundles of joy?"


Personally, I think it would be healthier for the Cheney's to join PFLAG and learn how loving parents like them can be anti-oppression allies.

But I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon ... it would piss off too many of their conservative allies.

Anonymous said...

Or you can check out Jon Stewart's commentary from the Daily Show:

http://www.comedycentral.com/motherload/?ml_video=81345

Bill Baar said...

I just thought Blitzer's question in poor taste.

Re: It's a little strange, actually, casting Dick Cheney as a big supporter of gay rights and privacy. If he didn't have a gay daughter, does anyone think the vice president would be speaking up mom-mom bundles of joy?"

Who can say what Cheney's thoughts would be had he not had a gay child. He does, and we know where he stands. What else can we expect from anyone? Cheney made far more sense during the election compared to Kerry's endless repeat of Mary Cheney's a lesbian...

...and then we have Paglia on the Democrats and the Foley scandal... I think she hit on something regarding the Dem Party's attitudes towards Gays...

Not only has the public image of gay men been tarnished by the over-promotion of the Foley scandal, but they have actually been put into physical danger. It's already starting with news items about teenage boys using online sites to lure gay men on dates to attack and rob them. What in the world are the Democrats thinking? We saw the beginning of this in that grotesque moment in the last presidential debates when John Kerry came out with that clearly prefab line identifying Mary Cheney as a lesbian. Since when does the Democratic Party use any gay issue in this coldblooded way as a token on the chessboard? You'd expect this stuff from right-wing ideologues, not progressives.

Coldblooded...it's the Dems, not the VP.