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Cheney: ‘I’m reluctant to judge our politicians based upon the act of what appears to be a lone, crazed gunman’

Former Vice President Dick Cheney sits down for an interview — his first since heart surgery last July — with “Today” show correspondent Jamie Gangel. Cheney opens up on topics ranging from his health, President Obama’s leadership, and on the massacre in Tucson and whether heightened political rhetoric is at all to blame. Cheney:

There’s a lot more I’d like to know about the man who was the perpetrator of this awful crime.  And I think we need to be a little careful about assuming that somehow the rest of society or the political class bears the responsibility for what happened here when it was the act of a deranged, crazed individual that committed a crime. I think our politics can get pretty rough at times. Having been vice president for eight years, maybe I’m more sensitive to it than others, but the fact of the matter is, a good, tough political fight is one of the great strengths of our democracy.

See a clip tonight on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and Gangel’s full report tomorrow on “Today.”

Veeps, Past and Present, on the Sunday Shows

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Last Sunday, ABC announced former Vice President Dick Cheney would be a guest on “This Week.” And now, TVNewser has learned, current Vice President Joe Biden will be a guest on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Biden will be remote from Vancouver, as he attends the Winter Olympics.

Biden was on “Larry King Live” last night talking about the recovery act and health care reform. Biden, along with Dr. Jill Biden, also sat down with ABC’s Juju Chang for a joint interview that airs tomorrow on “Good Morning America.”

> Update: Biden’s really making the rounds. He’s on “Meet the Press” Sunday as well.

Rachel Maddow: “I’ve Actually Never Watched Network News My Whole Life”

Maddow.jpgMSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is interviewed by USA Weekend‘s Gayle Jo Carter:

• On how she gets her news: “I exist, essentially, totally online in my news-gathering experience, and that means you can seek out what you want and find almost as much depth as you want on any one thing that you want.”

• If she has a favorite news anchor: “I’ve actually never watched network news my whole life. Growing up, we were not a network news family.”

• The guest she wants for her show, but who hasn’t yet appeared: “Dick Cheney or his daughter Liz Cheney, who has done every other cable news show in the world but won’t come on my show.”

Chris Matthews Hosts Event Honoring Fathers

The National Father’s Day Committee held their 68th annual “Father of the Year” awards lunch today in New York, emceed by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. Recipients ranged from Michael Krzyzewski (“Coach K”) to Gen. David Petraeus, who was not in attendance. Also honored was ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, who missed the pre-lunch news conference due to some weather delays.

We talked to Matthews about what it means to be involved in this event, ABC’s upcoming special and more. Part two (featuring Matthews’ thoughts on Dick Cheney and Nancy Pelosi) is after the jump:



Click continued to see Matthews discuss Cheney, Pelosi, GM and Iran in under two minutes…

• WebNewser has an interview with Coach K about Twitter.

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Joy Behar: “I Don’t Want To Do Just a Liberal Show”

behar_6-12.jpgSoon-to-be HLN host Joy Behar gave some insight into what she envisions for her show, in an interview with HuffPost’s Danny Shea.

“I don’t want to do just a liberal show,” she said. “I interviewed Ann Coulter when I was sitting in for Larry King a couple of times, and we have a rapport. I like to talk to her. I think it’s interesting to me to talk to people who don’t agree with me all the time. Rush Limbaugh, let’s get him on the show! Even Dick Cheney is welcome on my show. I’ll have a faucet ready for him but he can come.”

And how about big interview of the day, Gov. Sarah Palin? “I’d love to have Sarah Palin on the show,” Behar said. “She would do very well with me, because I’m not out to get Sarah Palin.”

She also said King called her “as soon as he heard and congratulated me,” but the 9pmET ratings leader Sean Hannity “hasn’t called. “He doesn’t call, he doesn’t send me an email — what’s up with that?” she said.

CNBC’s Larry Kudlow Asks Fmr. VP Cheney About Gen. Powell Comment

23 mentions of Rush Limbaugh on MSNBC today. And one Limbaugh mention on their sister network CNBC that you can see for yourself tonight…made by former VP Dick Cheney.

We just got the transcript from the Larry Kudlow-Dick Cheney interview to air on “The Kudlow Report” at 7pmET.

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Decision, Decisions: Pres. Speech at Naval Academy or Nancy Pelosi Briefing

After yesterday’s dueling speeches from Pres. Barack Obama and former VP Dick Cheney, this morning the cablers had another programming decision to make: Pres. Obama speaking at the Naval Academy commencement or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi giving her weekly briefing, with heightened interest about her CIA commments from last week. (She didn’t talk about it today).

CNN and MSNBC aired Obama from the beginning. FNC aired Pelosi from the beginning.

MSNBC stayed with Obama, switching to Pelosi after about 3 minutes. Fox News did not take any of Obama. CNN switched to Pelosi only after Obama had finished.

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Cablers Cover Cheney Portion of Morning

Less than 90 seconds after Pres. Obama finished his address, the cablers moved to part two of the morning: former VP Dick Cheney‘s national security speech. Cheney spoke for approximately 45 minutes at the American Enterprise Institute. WebNewser writes about the way the crowd viewed the President’s remarks before Cheney took the stage:

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Cablers Cover Pres. Obama Speech, Anticipate Cheney’s Address

All three cablers are covering President Barack Obama‘s remarks today at the National Archives about Gitmo, but another major political speech is lurking. Former VP Dick Cheney is slated to speak about national security at the American Enterprise Institute right when Obama finishes, where the audience is currently watching the President’s remarks. Mark Halperin dubs it a “Thursday Showdown.” Check out the oversize ticker employed by Fox News to tease Cheney’s remarks:

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Bob Schieffer On His Cheney Interview: “I’ve Never Done Anything That Had As Much Resonance”

B Schieffer.jpgBob Schieffer, whose Face the Nation Sunday morning program finished second last week in total viewers — coming within 230,000 viewers of first-place Meet the Press — is profiled by Marketwatch‘s Jon Friedman.

Excerpts of what Schieffer had to say:

• On his interview of former VP Dick Cheney last week, in which Schieffer asked Cheney if the GOP would be better off with radio host Rush Limbaugh or former Secretary of State Colin Powell (Cheney chose Limbaugh): “I’ve never done anything that had as much resonance…It was all over cable television.”

• On what he would have done differently during the interview: “I wondered whether there was a difference of opinion between him and (George W.) Bush…I wish I’d asked that. Ah, there’s always that one question you don’t ask.”

• On “the most unexpected moment of [his] career,” as Friedman asks, Schieffer says it was when President Clinton‘s lawyer Bob Bennett was on Face to address Paula Jones‘s claims that Clinton had ‘unique characteristics’ and said, “‘I just want to say that the president is normal in size, shape and direction.’ My mouth just dropped open when he said it. He said it on live television!”

• On who his “number 1 get” would be for Face: “‘I wouldn’t mind getting Michelle Obama, unless I could get the dog,’ Schieffer laughed.”

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