Dick Cheney Controls Tim Russert

It sure isn’t new information that Tim Russert can be counted upon to use Meet the Press to push the administration line, but it is interesting to have this revealed in a court of law. Cathie Martin, former Cheney communications director, provided some insight into how Cheney’s office works during Libby’s trial today. Dana Milbank reports:

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.”

Best format? Are they suggesting that Russert is even more a shill for them than Fox News?

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