Reading a short AP story on the new Dick Cheney book, I couldn't help but note this line:
A favorite of the right, Cheney is widely regarded as among the most powerful and controversial of vice presidents and his book is the most anticipated vice presidential memoir in recent history.
How ignorant and disrespectful it is to suggest that Cheney is "widely regarded" as the most "controversial of vice presidents!" Let's take a quick stroll down memory lane, shall we?
-Aaron Burr, 3rd vice president, connived in the House to snatch the presidency away from Jefferson and eventually tried to foment revolution in the West.
-John C. Calhoun, 7th vice president, was a key agitator in the Nullification Crisis.
-John Tyler, 10th vice president, was later a member of the House of Representatives of the Confederate Congress.
-John C. Breckinridge, 14th vice president, fought for the Confederate States of America as a brigadier general.
-Schuyler Colfax, 17th vice president, was tangled up in the Crédit Mobilier scandal.
-Henry Wallace, 33rd vice president, was later fired from the position of Secretary of Commerce by Harry Truman after giving a speech urging for a soft stance against Communist Russia.
-Richard Nixon, 36th vice president, later resigned the presidency in the wake of the Watergate scandal.
-Spiro T. Agnew, 39th vice president, resigned after pleading No Contest to criminal charges of tax evasion.
So why is Dick Cheney "widely regarded" as the "most controversial?"
Because it's the AP, and it can't resist such a historically inaccurate cheap shot.