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Inside the Beltway
Dick Cheney is already ruling the popular book sale lists, just days before the release of his 576-page book “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir.” The former vice president’s attentive reception among American readers is bound to frustrate those journalists who have long been at war with Mr. Cheney. Here are the numbers:
At Amazon, Mr. Cheney’s book is No. 3 on the top-100 list of all books. It is No. 1 on the Amazon’s political books roster, as well as sales lists for U.S. history and biographies. The substantial book is also No. 2 in all book sales at Barnes & Noble. Incidentally, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is soon to offer her personal story as well: “No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington” is expected on book shelves Nov. 1, described as “surprisingly candid” by publisher Crown Books.
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ENRAGING THE LEFT
“Dick Cheney is not only a strong conservative, but he’s one of those rare politicians who doesn’t give a fig what the liberal media say about him. So Cheney is much more willing to dispute the liberal orthodoxy, which he especially did on national security. He did not see the war on terror as primarily a law enforcement issue, for example,” Media Research Center research director Rich Noyes tells Inside the Beltway.
“This approach seems to have enraged the Left, and earned him the enmity of a lot of liberal journalists - like Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, Tina Brown, etc. - and they have responded with the most acrimonious coverage ever doled out to a vice president in modern times.”
What are we talking about here? Indeed, Mr. Cheney historically brings out the overwrought poesy among many journalists. Some samples of Cheney coverage, from a close analysis by Mr. Noyes:
“Dick Cheney projects the bleakness of a Wyoming winter, while John Edwards always appears to be strolling in the Carolina sunshine.” (Newsweek writers Evan Thomas, Susannah Meadows and Arian Campo-Flores, in 2004)
“The day I say Dick Cheney is going to run for president, Ill kill myself. All we need is one more liar.” (Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas, 2005)
“We have to remember that Dick Cheney was wrong in a way that was lethal. … He does seem like a character out of ‘Dr. Strangelove.’ ” (MSNBCs Chris Matthews, 2009).
Mr. Cheney, you terrified more Americans than did any terrorist in the last seven years, and now it is time for you to desist, or to be made to desist.” (MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, 2009)
“When asked to describe their feelings about the federal government, 86 percent say either that they are frustrated (60 percent) or angry (26 percent). Just 11 percent say they are basically content with the federal government, by far the lowest percentage in a measure that dates to 1997,” says new findings from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
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