From The Dept. Of STFU Already

Why won’t he just go away?

In his first television interview since leaving office, former Vice President Dick Cheney will appear Sunday, March 15 exclusively on State of the Union with John King. The live, in-studio interview will air in the 9 a.m. hour.

Chief national correspondent and anchor John King will conduct a wide-ranging interview covering the anniversary of the Iraq war, the threat of a nuclear Iran, the ailing economy and more. King will also get Cheney’s impressions of the Obama administration and his thoughts on former President George W. Bush.

Don’t everyone stampede for the TIVO at once.

Hmmmm– talking about the economy, eh? Perhaps John King should ask Cheney if he still thinks that "he doesn’t see signs on the horizon of a significant economic slowdown" like he said didn’t see them back in 2007. Or whether he still think the Bush handling of the economy was a success.

Since Cheney sat in on all the economic meetings of import, by his own account, perhaps he can explain his rose-colored wrongness during the interview?  Or whether he still puts a lot of stock in the advice of "Lawrence Kudlow, John Makin, Wayne Angell, and Allen Sinai." 

Wonder if John King will have the balls to ask Dick about the lack of a Scooter pardon?

Or King could just say the word Youngstown, then point and laugh a lot. That could at least be deliciously awkward.

Of course, CNN has to keep up with the spin that Bush/Cheney acolytes have been shoveling to FauxNews:

Cheney has acquired a BlackBerry since leaving office, the source said, and he’s programmed his grandchildren’s spring sports schedules into it.

In recent days the former vice president has held "small luncheons" to "invite people to talk about current events — both on the economic front and on national security issues," the source said. "He follows what’s happening very closely."

Cheney is expected to publish two memoirs focusing on his time in the White House and the 40 years he spent serving four presidents. The former vice president has signed with the Harry Walker Agency to pursue various speaking opportunities.

"Various speaking opportunities."  Call Ticketmaster…stat.

I’m not certain who is worse: Dick Cheney or Joe Lieberman. They are both like that smell in the bottom of your garbage can after a bag springs a leak. No matter how many cans of Lysol you drain, it just keeps on lingering in its musty ole way. Blergh.

51 Responses to "From The Dept. Of STFU Already"
Phoenix Woman | Thursday March 12, 2009 10:27 am 1

Eeeeew. That is all.

Christy Hardin Smith | Thursday March 12, 2009 10:33 am 2
In response to Phoenix Woman @ 1

The fact that anyone would pay this man to speak to them boggles my mind.

mui1 | Thursday March 12, 2009 10:57 am 3

I thought Darth went away to some undisclosed location. Only winged monkeys know how to find him. I am so sure of that.

AZ Matt | Thursday March 12, 2009 11:25 am 4
In response to Christy Hardin Smith @ 2

He is their Rock of Gibraltar.

Redshift | Thursday March 12, 2009 12:04 pm 5

Now that he’s lost his secret Bush back-channel where he can get all of his ideas implemented without having to convince anyone else they make sense, and instead has to actually attempt to make an argument, I wonder how much influence Cheney has on anyone other than wingnuts who are looking for justification for what they already believe.

It’s kind of weird — he can get coverage, but I don’t see his statements getting reported as anything other than “Cheney said such and such.” <pause> “Moving on…” He’s kind of like Bill Kristol — dependably putting forth positions that are aggressively wrong and impervious to all contrary evidence. “They Knew They Were Right,” indeed.

foothillsmike | Thursday March 12, 2009 12:42 pm 6

If John King wasn’t a rethug tool he would ask Cheney if he still thought deficits don’t matter.

Leen | Thursday March 12, 2009 01:28 pm 7

Where did those Niger Documents come from? Did you listen into Colin Powell’s conversations with Iran via the NSA?

Did you out Plame?

Peterr | Thursday March 12, 2009 02:08 pm 8
In response to Redshift @ 5

I’m sure Dick still talks to his old pal, Gen Jack Keane, even though he can’t pull strings in the White House to help him out any more. Cheney remains to go-to guy for those worried about the New Boss who sits in the room with no corners.

Teddy Partridge | Thursday March 12, 2009 06:20 pm 9

Will John King scoop Sy Hersch and ask Cheney about his Death Squads?

Will he ask Cheney about Lynne’s job plans?

Will he ask about his Halliburton stock options and their current value?

I’m 707ing myself here.

Mauimom | Thursday March 12, 2009 06:46 pm 10

OT: PW, I hope you saw that the “crazy [white, rich] guy in ME has ingredients for a dirty bomb” story was Rachel Maddow’s #1 tonight.

Loo Hoo. | Thursday March 12, 2009 08:02 pm 11

Great illustration. Says it all. If King doesn’t ask about the Hersch statements, he’s chickenshit. Course, who’d want to really piss Cheney off knowing he had a gang of assassins at his service.

Why is he still in Arlington?

foxman | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:16 pm 12
In response to Loo Hoo. @ 11

who’d want to really piss Cheney off knowing he had a gang of assassins at his service

good point. If J King had a mafia kingpin on the program would he ask how many hits the pin had made?
Don’t think so.
But, then again, King would be too afraid to pose a tough question to Eric (whining wimp) Cantor.
I’m guessing we’ll see some amazing ass kissing in this “interview.”

Teddy Partridge | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:18 pm 13

SouthernDragon | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:24 pm 14

neurophius | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:24 pm 15


Sounds like a good occasion to hear The Republican Talking Points, Far Right Version.

Delivered with a snarl and a sneer.

mamazboy | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:27 pm 16

This is SO annoying. King is one of the most clueless of the corporate media lapdogs. What is the point of giving a forum to a man who’s not only a war criminal, but was demonstrably wrong on every major issue he discussed. It’s clear that King will be kissing Cheney’s ass throughout, refusing to be “disrespectful” by asking any challenging questions. What a waste of the airwaves.

SouthernDragon | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:28 pm 17

I’m going to be paying close attention to the news from El Salvador tomorrow. We could very well have another left government in Latin America. We need to close down, once and for all, the School of the Americas. They can call it whatever they like, it’s still a training school for murderers and torturers.

mamazboy | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:28 pm 18
In response to Redshift @ 5

Great point, Redshift. I’m hoping this is the case.

neurophius | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:33 pm 19

So, Mr. Cheney, how did your blind trust do during the years that the Bush/Cheney administration was at war with Iraq and handing out free tax breaks to wealthy individuals and corporations?


And how’s it doing right now? Hahahahaha.

BMcGarth | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:36 pm 20

Maybe King will ask Cheney,If deficits do matter:but don’t run to the Tv machine nothing worthwhile will come of the interview,it’s gonna be the same ole BS questions,How wrong has the Obama admin been,Why is Obama doing too much all at once etc etc.

SouthernDragon | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:40 pm 21

I’d venture to say that the interview will be a preview of Darth’s memoir on his years in the government. A very sanitized ideological discussion with Darth reiterating the views he’s put forth in his few public appearances since being wheeled out of deecee.

Raven | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:44 pm 22

Hey, Redd

I was happy to chip in this morning but I am getting killed with pop-up ads when I’m here. Wasup?

DrBong | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:45 pm 23
In response to Raven @ 22

Vizi Inc?

Raven | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:48 pm 24
In response to DrBong @ 23

looks like it

Raven | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:50 pm 25

ratfood | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:50 pm 26

Well, while the Dickster is temporarily flushed out of the underworld underbrush, he should find time to talk to Jon Stewart.

DrBong | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:53 pm 27
In response to Raven @ 24

I get at least 4 pop-ups every time I refresh the page. Thought it might be on my end, but I guess not.


Raven | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:54 pm 28
In response to DrBong @ 27

misery loves company

billybugs | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:55 pm 29

I don’t get any pop-ups What gives?

ratfood | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:55 pm 30
In response to Raven @ 22

Christy’s comment @ 2 was posted at 10:33 am.

jayt | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:55 pm 31
In response to DrBong @ 27

FFox 3 is knocking them down on my end….

ratfood | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:56 pm 32
In response to Raven @ 28

I’m using Firefox on a Mac. I never get popups anywhere…

foxman | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:57 pm 33
In response to DrBong @ 23

from vizi website:

Vizi Direct’s campaign and advertising management system is the most advanced in the industry, allowing both marketers and publishers to synergize with each other to produce the best possible results.

Any time a company uses the word “synergy” or any of it’s derivatives, you know they’re clueless corporate asshole/idiots.

I got a malware warning tonight while visiting FDL, never happened before. Using Mac I’m not too worried, but you PC folks… ?

DrBong | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:58 pm 34
In response to ratfood @ 32

Jeez… another Mac user.

Maybe someday I’ll learn, huh?

Switching to FF

ratfood | Saturday March 14, 2009 07:59 pm 35
In response to DrBong @ 34

I’ve been using Macs since 1988, except when I had to use PCs at work.

jayt | Saturday March 14, 2009 08:02 pm 36
In response to foxman @ 33

to synergize with each other…/i>

that’s such a bullshit word. kinda like “conversate”.

Suzanne | Saturday March 14, 2009 08:06 pm 37
In response to DrBong @ 27

the tech crew is aware of this glitch and we hope it will be resolved soon

thers is up at the mothership

siri | Saturday March 14, 2009 08:07 pm 38

i wish Jon Stewart was doing this interview.
nuff said!

DrBong | Saturday March 14, 2009 08:07 pm 39

Thers is upstairs if’n y’all dint no


shootthatarrow | Saturday March 14, 2009 08:12 pm 40

Lets see….Dick Cheney?….hmmm…

X….no credibility or honor or integrity or validity

X…liar who lies without hesitation about things well proven to be not so or true

X…crazy ideas about being “secret” and practices of security while in public office

X…crazy ideas about which branch of Federal government VP Office in

X…had creepy guys like Addington and Libbey doing his creepy VP bidding

X…has record of being really wrong about Iraq over and over and over

X…demonstrated contempt/ disregard for American voters /Americans in general “So?”

X…after eight years of above conduct/record now seeking out American TV spotlight

So is John King and his masters at CNN/Time Warner doing this because Dick Cheney was such a lousy,lying public figure during past eight years and deserves this CNN exposure?

Or because Dick Cheney very likely is a war criminal or because Dick Cheney is out to warmonger over Iran and is gaming Obama WH fields of diplomatic movement in hopes of sabotaging any improvement in American/Iranian relations or relationship?

Or because Dick Cheney is a soured,dark minded necon BS shoveler and John King is a potted plant who Cheney plans on manuring good and heavy?

CNN/Time Warner seldom failed to fling Bush/Cheney regime propaganda as it was.

Dick Cheney hardly has begun any ten point recovery program for telling of lies or conduct that far too often seemed more fascist in nature then democratic.

That Dick Cheney seeks to menace Obama WH foreign affairs and spread some more PNAC style warmongering over and about Iran likely enough.

Wasn’t this jerk going back out west because he loathes WashingtonDC so much?

So he bought a house in DC burbs and wants to be on Sunday AM TV only about 55 days after being gone as VP? Truly so very sick of this dick head being given forums to tell lies.

foxman | Saturday March 14, 2009 08:13 pm 41
In response to jayt @ 36

or try this:
synerginistic = conversating while sexualizing?

neurophius | Saturday March 14, 2009 08:20 pm 42
In response to foxman @ 33

I got one tonight…

Prairie Sunshine | Saturday March 14, 2009 08:26 pm 43

One hopes John King will be channeling Jon Stewart, not Tim Russert.

PJEvans | Saturday March 14, 2009 08:52 pm 44
In response to SouthernDragon @ 21

That’s supposed to make us want to buy it?
I’d only buy a copy if it came with a can of lighter fluid. And a lighter.

PJEvans | Saturday March 14, 2009 08:56 pm 45
In response to foxman @ 33

I’m getting one from one or more ads, usually at ew’s place because I hit it first. Some kind of Trojan malware, apparently.

behindthefall | Saturday March 14, 2009 09:21 pm 46

BTW, the drop-down menu to go to the other blogs isn’t working for me at all, right now. (It’s been reluctant to go to Firedoglake in the past, although it has worked for other targets.) XP, Opera. (No popups here.)

[Mod Note: the drop down menu does not function until the page has fully loaded. Try refreshing the page again and let it completely load before clicking on the drop down. Thanks.]

behindthefall | Saturday March 14, 2009 09:24 pm 47

AVG warned me about “Exploit JavaScript Obfuscation” virus earlier when starting up Opera, but it didn’t have any further info on it and didn’t seem to want to do anything about it, either. :- / Didn’t seem to have anything to do with FDL itself.

james | Sunday March 15, 2009 07:48 am 48
In response to neurophius @ 19

His blind trust did real well because in Sept 2006 he moved everything in it out of the dollar and into instruments that had almost no exposure to the US markets.

I saw that then and told my ex to move our kids’ college money and her retirement funds. Saved close to $120000.

Adie | Sunday March 15, 2009 08:28 am 49

this has probably already been said. i’m slow this weekend, and way behind in important reading like FDL (grump).

Is mr. cheneycarney actually showing some weakness at long last? a desperate desire to justify hisownselfimage in public?

Has the ticker told him it’s tired of the game?

Has he no home to go home to, now that he’s torn up half the world for whatever cause he saw so clearly lo these many years?

Does he see a reflection when he shaves in the morn?

How much do I care? ZIP! I will not be watching. When the movie comes out, I will not watch. If his books start coming out, I will not read them. He has callously, carelessly destroyed too much about which others around the world care very deeply. He has quite possibly had an active hand in ruining our children’s future. His actions screech louder than any words he could possibly utter. Ever.

Adie | Sunday March 15, 2009 08:58 am 50
In response to james @ 48

well aren’t you the smart one. continued good luck to your daughter.

wagonjak | Sunday March 15, 2009 10:19 am 51

And of course John King still obviously worships the King of Darkness…and interviews him on bended knees with a hushed, respectful tone to his voice!

I’m not sure why this criminal man deserves to be listened to by anyone in the world anymore, but King is still either afraid to ask the hard questions or is still in thrall to Cheney…

And King and all the other DC pundits have now officially reclaimed their cajones and are going after the Obama administration full speed…questioning every move he or his cabinet officials make.

I loathe King, Gregory and all the other pathetic bobble-heads who try to filter the national political news through their own blind and clueless worldview!

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