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Friday, January 26, 2007

Russert: Something to prove?

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This Sunday may not be the best time for Mike Huckabee to go on "Meet the Press."

Today's edition of the Washington Post has a front-page story about how Vice President Dick Cheney favored going on "Meet the Press" because he could "control the message"

Tim Russert, the host of "Meet the Press," may want to prove that he's no pushover, and that means he may shelve the softball questions in favor of a spicier variety that demonstrate his journalistic bona fides.

Especially after this kind of taunting:

Memo to Tim Russert: Dick Cheney thinks he controls you.

This delicious morsel about the "Meet the Press" host and the vice president was part of the extensive dish Cathie Martin served up yesterday when the former Cheney communications director took the stand in the perjury trial of former Cheney chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Flashed on the courtroom computer screens were her notes from 2004 about how Cheney could respond to allegations that the Bush administration had played fast and loose with evidence of Iraq's nuclear ambitions. Option 1: "MTP-VP," she wrote, then listed the pros and cons of a vice presidential appearance on the Sunday show. Under "pro," she wrote: "control message."

"I suggested we put the vice president on 'Meet the Press,' which was a tactic we often used," Martin testified. "It's our best format."

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