Steve Benen wrote on Friday about the extraordinary ubiquitousness of Liz Cheney lately. In the past 10 days (as of Friday afternoon) she had appeared on a dozen different tv shows — mostly Fox News and right-wing talk show hosts like Joe Scarborough and Sean Hannity.
It’s perfectly understandable that Liz Cheney would want to be everywhere at once sticking up for her dead and telling everyone what a hero he is. But what exactly is the media’s thinking in giving the former vice-president’s daughter this unprecedented soapbox from which to tell us how right and necessary Cheney pére’s policies were? Of what possible value could Liz Cheney’s opinions on the Bush administration’s policies be, given that (a) she was not part of making them; and (b) she is the most biased, subjective voice possible on the subject? What news value is there in giving Liz Cheney this unlimited, unending public forum to defend her dad’s honor? It’s obvious what her father gets out of it. But what do we get out of it?
There’s no modern precedent for such a ridiculous arrangement. Dick Cheney launches a crusade against the White House, and major outlets look for analysis from Cheney’s daughter? Who everyone already realizes agrees with everything he says about torture?
Jazz Shaw over at TMV adds that Cheney junior is rude to guests with opposing views, and appears to be getting a pass from the same conservatives who have been hammering Meghan McCain:
The major issue I have with Liz is her manners (or lack thereof) in the interview chair. Her appearance on Morning Joe, for example, was a classic example of the other spots she has done. A question is asked and Liz is given virtually forever to repeat the talking points issued by her father. Then a countering argument is asked for from another speaker. They manage to get three – or at most five – words out of their mouth and Liz jumps in, shouts them down, and begins parroting the same points over and over again. And the hosts pretty much uniformly fail to challenge her on her lack of understanding of debate. …
As an aside to my Republican friends, I hear plenty of complaints about the young McCain daughter hitting the media circuits, but not so much about Liz eating up the air time.