‘Special Place in Hell’ for Fox News Wallace’s Embrace of Cheney the Torturer

August 31, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Even by the low journalistic standards of Fox News, Chris Wallace’s love fest interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney, “like a teenage girl interviewing the Jonas Brothers,” who by any measure, should be treated as a vile pariah and a war criminal, sunk to a new low.

And Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic pulls no punches in two recent pieces, calling Cheney “one of the most incompetent vice-presidents in the country’s history” and noting that there is “a special place in hell” for the likes of Chris Wallace who embraced a torturer as a hero.

Cheney appeared with Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Sunday, where Wallace lobbed one softball question after another to allow Cheney the forum to advance his support of illegal torture, to mock the rule of law as “silly,” to bash President Obama and to speak wistfully of losing the chance to bomb the heck out of Iran, before Obama had a chance to engage Iran diplomatically.

Sullivan notes some of the many lowlights of Wallace’s “probing” interview questions of Cheney:

“President Obama has also decided to move interrogations from the CIA to the FBI that’s under the supervision of the National Security Council, and the FBI will have to act within the boundaries of the Army Field Manual.”

“What do you think that does for the nation’s security? And will we now have the tools if we catch another high-value target?”

“Republicans have made the charge before, do you think Democrats are soft on National Security?”

“Do you think that it was a mistake, while you were in power, while your administration was in power, not to go after the nuclear infrastructure of Iran?”

Was it a mistake for Bill Clinton, with the blessing of the Administration, to go to North Korea to bring back those two reporters?”

Wallace’s questions were all designed to elicit a specific response from Cheney to advance his neocon support of torture regardless of what laws were broken. Wallace’s interview “…[e]ven as propaganda, which is its point, it doesn’t work – because it’s far too cloying and supportive of Cheney to be convincing to anyone outside the true-believers, wrote Sullivan.

“When future historians ask how the United States came not only to practice torture but to celebrate it and treat torturers as heroes, a special place in hell among the journalists who embraced and justified it should be reserved for Chris Wallace,” said Sullivan.

What’s even more disturbing and telling are Cheney’s answers to Wallace’s questions. In Cheney’s Bizarro World, he is a character in the Fox show 24, featuring every Republican’s hero, the character of rogue agent Jack Bauer.

During the interview, Cheney extolled the lawyers who provided a dubious legal framework for enhanced interrogation techniques, saying that the brutal methods were properly vetted as within the rule of law. And yet, when asked if he had any qualms about interrogators violating the “legal” standards, he answered no. In other words, there is no law that Cheney would not break to advance his policies, just like his beloved hero; the fictional character Jack Bauer.

“WALLACE: So even these cases where they went beyond the specific legal authorization, you’re OK with it?

CHENEY: I am.”

Andrew Sullivan perfectly encapsulated the blatant lawlessness of Cheney and the Bush administration:

“At moments like these, when a war criminal is given a totally supine platform to spew propaganda, it’s worth recalling the following quote from 1863.

“It’s from Abraham Lincoln: “Military necessity does not admit of cruelty nor of torture to procure confessions.”

“From Lincoln to Cheney, from a lawyer president to a lawless thug.”

Watch a snippet of the Wallace Cheney interview:


14 Responses to “‘Special Place in Hell’ for Fox News Wallace’s Embrace of Cheney the Torturer”

  1. Chris Weinn on August 31st, 2009 1:45 pm

    Great interview with Cheney!! We need Bush back!! This Obama has to go.

  2. Gene Prince on August 31st, 2009 2:14 pm

    Dick Cheney will go down in history as one of most influential and efficient public servants ever. He has more common sense in one day than the leadership of the democratic party can put together in a year. Let’s see if BO can keep our country safe for the next four years let alone eight.

  3. Travis Pierson on August 31st, 2009 2:53 pm

    There’s a special place in hell for Godless liberal morons who care more about a few terrorists than thousands of innocent American lives. I could not care less about what they do to Islamic militants as long as they don’t turn them loose. Oh, but that’s exactly what Obama and the other pinheads want to do so they can plot, rape, and slaughter more Americans or Israelis. And if it weren’t for Fox News you wouldn’t hear the truth about anything. They’re the cadillac in news reporting alongside flamingly biased liberal idiots like Keith Olberman, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, and Anderson Cooper.

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  5. Donna on August 31st, 2009 3:27 pm

    It is amazing how liberals can suck at the teat of the government and extol
    the virtues of the press as long as it has nothing positive to say about the
    Republican, Independent, or Conservtive point of view. What a bunch of
    Liberals for censorship is more like it.
    Just like blind sheep to the slaughter,
    not an original thought between any of them.

  6. Mike on August 31st, 2009 4:54 pm

    So torture is a good thing. Any country or group that tortures is NOT bad/evil because torture is OK because iIt gets results. So when you see an American get his head cut off by a terrorist I’m sure you say to yourself, “well torture works for us so I guess it works for them too.”
    We as a country, under the previous administration, have now accepted torture as a device of war. We made it acceptable!.

  7. Meghan on August 31st, 2009 8:33 pm

    The exchange between Cheney and Wallace truly pales in comparison to the extreme love affair the liberal media has with Obama and I find it beyond humiliating for you or any other “journalist”(I use that term quite generously) to even comment on the interview, given the current climate. Obama has been given every pass available. His radical personal history, communist advisers and various other shortcomings are glossed over and retouched to a level of pure fiction. Magazine articles and interviews focus on his wife’s “style” (again a loose term), physical fitness and countless attributes that simply do not exist. Liberals like yourself need to realize that just because you write or speak of something, it does not make it so.
    Really, stop embarrassing yourselves.

  8. Jim Grams on August 31st, 2009 9:57 pm

    When I read the words calling Dick Cheney a “torturer” I feel like I’m surrounded by morons. CNN and MSNBC have reinvented the world of biased reporting. Talk about fair and balanced…they don’t even know what that means. The current administration is a disaster…and everybody but the looney left knows it.

  9. Monte on September 1st, 2009 2:07 am

    At the end of the clip, when Cheney says he condones the torture techniques that were employed that went beyond the tortures that were approved by the Bush admin as “enhanced” (not per the Geneva Convention), it made me sick to my stomach. What I didn’t get is why he is hiding behind the lawyers and CIA employees who sancitioned and/or carried out these enhanced and/or “no holds barred” torture techniques. Doesn’t he realize he’s made it obvious that he is the real war criminal.

  10. Tom Degan on September 1st, 2009 7:29 am

    Thank you, Dick Cheney, for saving the United States of America. But seriously, folks….

    It sure is fun watching poor old Dick Cheney stumbling all over the right wing airwaves, desperately trying to poison the jury pool and dodge a VERY long stretch in a federal prison. I only saw clips of his “interview” with Chris Wallace on FOX Noise on Sunday. Someone described it as a starry-eyed teenage girl interviewing one of the Jonas brothers.

    It sure is funny observing the meltdown of Dick and Liz (Cheney – not Burton and Taylor). The trillion dollar hammer is about to hit the fan. They’re like cornered rats. Oh, man! I’m lovin’ this!

    Don’t take your eye off the Cheneys. For your best entertainment bargain, these two are the show that should not be missed. We’re talking essential viewing here!


    Tom Degan, Goshen, NY

  11. ronald j thornton on September 1st, 2009 10:41 am

    why do republicans insist with the absurd notion that the bush administration policies kept your country safe. be real and grow up. the world despises the republican party. your party stands for war and profits and it dosen,t matter who you persecute. why! GREED. as for your health care we in australia do not have insurance companies telling us who lives or who dies. probably why we have so many americans living here. because our healthcare is for free.

  12. james swanson on September 1st, 2009 10:54 am

    fine article..accurate..dont let this saboteurs of the american system reaps the gains they have enjotyed for so long…nationalize halliburton now!

  13. tdub on September 3rd, 2009 12:03 am

    My, my, my…so many posts from the ever-familiar outraged, shrill, endangered angry white males who haven’t taken their psychosis meds—and are still in the dreamland of those heady, wonderful 8 years of the Bush/Cheney regime….or were you guys ASLEEP for those 8 years?

  14. Lee on September 3rd, 2009 3:13 pm

    Id1ots. Anyone who thinks politicians don’t act in a self-serving manner in every aspect of their lives is deluded. Cheney sold war for personal gain and Bush went along for the ride. Obama is no better(unions, immigration, and the imaginary political clout he somehow wielded), and the free pass he has gotten from the press is irrefutable.

    Don’t bash politicians or others for their beliefs; stand up for your own, and help steer policy. Just don’t blindly go down the right or left path because its how you lean.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.  W. Churchill

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