'Monstrous Liar' Cheney Manipulates the Media

Former VP's defense of torture full of half-truths, falsehoods: Froomkin
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2009 4:42 PM CDT
In this March 15, 2009 file photo, former Vice President Dick Cheney appears on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
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(Newser) – Since leaving government, Dick Cheney has realized that TV and newspapers will report anything he says, writes Dan Froomkin for the Huffington Post, even though "he is a monstrous liar”—remember Saddam's WMDs? "After years of speaking in whispers, operating by proxy, and leaving as few fingerprints as possible," Cheney can't seem to shut up—and no matter what he's selling, the media "will fail to put it in any context whatsoever."

The former VP’s insistence that the CIA’s “harsh interrogation techniques” were justified vaporized amid "a lot of cover-your-ass language from the CIA," Froomkin fumes. And his claim that he knew only generally about waterboarding was "a laughably blatant falsehood"; it’s a matter of record that he was “up to his elbows in gory details.”