Given the way most media members treated former Vice President Dick Cheney during his book tour last week, CNN's Howard Kurtz asked an absolutely perfect question on Sunday's "Reliable Sources."
"Would liberal pundits be satisfied with anything other than Cheney confessing to war crimes?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
HOWARD KURTZ, CNN: I'll just take this moment to say that -- and this is the difference, I think, between television and print -- in "TIME" magazine there's a good piece by Barton Gellman on the Cheney book in which he pointed out this famous scene where Bush administration officials went to Attorney General Ashcroft while he was in intensive care in the hospital and tried to get him to sign off on a surveillance program, that there was a lot of facts to contradict that, including in George Bush's own book.
But when you look at those television interviews and you listen to the chatter, Jim Geraghty, would liberal pundits be satisfied with anything other than Cheney confessing to war crimes?
JIM GERAGHTY, NATIONAL REVIEW: I am rather skeptical of that.
Actually, some in the press, in particular those working for MSNBC, wouldn't be satisfied until Cheney was executed irrespective of him confessing to or being found guilty of war crimes.
But why quibble?