Cheney unplugged


Geraldine Sealey
May 1, 2004 1:28AM (UTC)

Dick Cheney's big week in the spotlight is coming to an end, but even though his malicious speech at Westminster College, defense of presidential secrecy at the Supreme Court, and best buddies act before the 9/11 commission are all behind us, there's still more to celebrate.

We leave you this week with these two gems:

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Here's Cheney further eroding the credibility of Fox News and destroying any chances he'll be asked to speak to journalism students, ever. The quote is: "What I do is try to focus upon those elements of the press that I think do an effective job and try to be accurate in their portrayal of events. For example, I end up spending a lot of time watching Fox News, because they're more accurate in my experience, in those events that I'm personally involved in, than many of the other outlets."

And finally, even college students know better. Cheney is set to give a commencement speech at Florida State University this weekend, and 200 students signed a letter to the university president asking him to make sure Cheney lays off the nasty talk and gives a speech befitting a world leader who's giving life advice to young people.

"We strongly urge you to seek assurances that his speech will not be another political diatribe aimed only at scoring points in the presidential campaign," said the letter. "The graduation ceremony should be the culmination of students' time at the university and a chance to celebrate accomplishments with friends and family. It would be unfortunate if that day were besmirched by personal attacks either direct or indirect against candidates for public office."


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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