Miller Gets Response, But No Appearance By VP Cheney
June 4, 2008 at 6:40 AM (PT)
A longtime WEST VIRGINIA radio personality, irked by a joke Vice President DICK CHENEY made about the state in a speech on MONDAY, sent CHENEY an e-mail requesting he personally apologize to the people of the MOUNTAIN STATE, reports THE DAILY INDEPENDENT. CONNOISSEUR MEDIA AC WMGA (MAGIC 97.9)/HUNTINGTON PD J.B. MILLER offered CHENEY air time on his program to issue a mea culpa for essentially repeating an old stereotype about how everyone in WEST VIRGINIA is related.
MILLER said his e-mail elicited an amazingly rapid response from the VP’s office. Within 10 minutes of clicking "send," he said, he received a reply from LEA ANN MCBRIDE, an assistant to CHENEY.
MILLER then wrote back to MCBRIDE and asked if the VP could spare five minutes to make a personal, on-air apology just "to ease the nerves" of the people of WEST VIRGINIA. Her response? That there wasn’t time in CHENEY’s schedule for him to do an interview.
MILLER said he wasn’t necessarily expecting CHENEY to come on his show when he sent the first e-mail. But said he considered it "worth a shot" to ask.