The Zen of the Fox interview


Eric Boehlert
October 25, 2004 7:28PM (UTC)

How do Bush and Cheney have the energy to keep sitting down for those grueling, exclusive interviews with Fox News? So far the network has snagged three sit-downs with the press-shy president and V.P. Here's a sampling of the hard-hitting questions Bush and Cheney have subjected themselves to in recent weeks:

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  • "I've got 15 questions for you. If they're dumb, tell me they're dumb."

  • "Do you think that when he says these things, John Kerry, your opponent, you were in these three debates with him, do you think he knows he's not telling the truth?"

  • "In light of the CBS document fiasco, do you think you get a fair shake from the network news and the elite media like the New York Times?"

  • "A guy over at Newsweek said 80 percent in the elite media favors Kerry. That doesn't surprise you, does it?"

  • "And you're healthy?"

  • "What's Chirac's problem? He hasn't been a great ally to the U.S. since 9/11. He doesn't want NATO forces to protect elections in Afghanistan. Come on."

  • "Do you have any theory on why college professors, pinhead press people why they go into the liberal realm?"

  • "Has the press given [Kerry] a pass?"

    *"Is it a reality that we could turn on our television sets one day -- Fox News Channel, I hope -- and find out that a nuclear weapon has gone off here?"

  • "You've said one of the things you were most unhappy about is this issue of the tone in Washington. Let me just run down a list of prominent Democrats for a second here, because I can't remember a time in my life where it's been this bad."

  • "You're the president of the United States. You're also leading troops in harm's way. This is the leader of the opposition party [criticizing you]. Does that bother you?"

  • "John Kerry has flipped-flopped his way into a dangerous position [regarding Iraq]. So my question is, If John Kerry were president would he make this country more vulnerable and more susceptible to terror attacks?"

  • "Now, all this was propaganda. All of this that you didn't ... They say you didn't register in Massachusetts [with the National Guard in 1973]. Is that bogus?"

  • Eric Boehlert

    Eric Boehlert, a former senior writer for Salon, is the author of "Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush."

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