News Outlets Miffed By Veep's Fox News Exclusive
The Vice President Dick Cheney's decision to grant an exclusive interview to Fox News Channel about his hunting accident has riled the Washington news corps, especially after the story of the accident itself appeared first in a Corpus Christi newspaper, the Caller-Times. Today's (Thursday) USA Today observed, "The non-Fox press feel as if they've been hosed twice now." Media commentator Alessandra Stanley wrote in today's New York Times, "Most VIP's in trouble choose the safe waters of Larry King on CNN to do damage control. Mr. Cheney chose what this administration views as the even more secure location of a Fox News interview." In Daily Variety, reporter Michael Learmonth commented, "Carving out a cordial relationship with the administration has served Fox News well in the ratings by making it the go-to news net for conservatives." On CNN's Situation Room, commentator Jack Cafferty exploded, "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. I mean, that's a little like Bonnie interviewing Clyde, ain't it?" But in an interview with the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz, former Cheney aide Mary Matalin, who helped arrange the Fox interview, remarked that Cheney had considered holding a news conference but, she said, that "would have meant a lot of grandstanding" by reporters.