BLITZER: On Friday in the Situation Room on CNN, I interviewed the wife of the Vice President, Lynne Cheney. The interview generated quite a bit of commotion and we are going to replay the unedited version. First, some history. I have been covering the Cheneys for many years, including on a day-to-day basis when he was the defense secretary during the first Gulf War and I was CNN’s Pentagon correspondent. This — Mrs. Cheney has been a frequent guest on my programs. I have often invited her to discuss her new children’s books. She always is open to discussing the news of the day.He was surprized?! What did he expect? Is it possible Blitzer thought himself immune from Republican thuggery? This is not a happy bunch right now.
In this most recent interview, she, of course, knew we would would be speaking about politics. That was reaffirmed to her staff only hours before the interview. As a former co-host of Crossfire during the 1990s, she knows her way around the media. She was never shy about sparring with Democratic strategist and co-host.
I was surprised when she came out swinging on Friday, surprised by what she said about the “Broken Government” series and the excellent one-hour report by our chief national correspondent John King. One of the most precise and respected journalists in Washington. The decision to air sniper video which Anderson Cooper branded, I’m quoting now, “a single propaganda tape.” Surprised at her sniping at my patriotism. (Emphasis mine)
Blitzer is lucky... he came out of it with both eyes, although the invitation to a waterboarding session is probably in the mail.
Perhaps if it hadn't taken six years to finally get to the hard questions Blitzer wouldn't have been so shocked.
And, before you move on, go to this post by Billmon, who captures the essence of Blitzer's performance with elegant sache.