Even when he's wrong he's right. Blitzer and CNN should be completely embarrassed, and they owe their viewers an apology, but of course not for the reasons Hewitt thinks.
The entire "interview", if you want to call it that, deserves to be fisked, but here's the part Hewitt is referring to:
I guess Blitzer should consider himself lucky Big Time wasn't packing, which might explain why he was so gutless in defending his line of questioning. What exactly does Cheney "just fundamentally disagree" with here -- that Bush boosting mullahs such as James Dobson use Cheney's own daughter and future grandchild to bait the extra-chromosome crowd? That because Mary Cheney and Heather Poe live in Virginia, Poe has no parental rights to the child in the event anything happens to Mary?
And Blitzer is the one that's out of line? Bullshit. He was out of line, but only in his abject spinelessness, his mewling and cringing at Cheney's loose-limbed tirades throughout the entire interview.
Look, it's simple. It doesn't matter what the issue is, whether it's their constant bungling of every country they cluster-bomb, or the GOP's religitard backers using Cheney's donut-bumping offspring as rhetorical chum. Whenever they are called on their bullshit, they will always, always fight back with bluster and lies.
Journalists have to stop being worried about stepping on unpopular toes, or losing the "privilege" to interview someone most Americans already hold in contempt. It's bad enough that they were lapdogs when the polls were high, but we're in Nixon territory now, and have been for over a year.
It's too bad Blitzer apparently uses a peanut shell and a rubberband for a jockstrap, because it's going to require someone with actual balls to counter these tactics. Instead he met the rigors of his job with the usual courtly diffidence, and to add stupid insult to unnecessary injury, people like Hugh Halfwit still have the nerve to kick him for it.
The only thing to be truly lost by fighting back is the impression that you're a coward.