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Newsweek Staffer Joked She'd Say to Cheney: 'Give Me My Heart Back'

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Brent Baker told me I only found half the story in Newsweek’s coverage of Dick Cheney’s heart transplant. Posted in the middle of the Kent Sepkowitz hit piece was Monday’s edition of their daily NewsBeast in-house video. In the first seconds, the “highlight” was Newsweek/Daily Beast assignment editor Allison Yarrow saying of Cheney: “But can you imagine being that organ donor?...I would never do it. I’d say ‘give me my heart back.’”

Welcome to the latest edition of Compassionate Liberals Show Their True Colors. Openly gay Newsweek senior writer Ramin Setoodeh added, “I would never give my heart to Dick Cheney. It would freeze over.” Yarrow offered: “He may be one of the most evil people in the world.” (Video below)

Audio: MP3 clip

Yarrow also worked as a producer for NBC News (including some of those cheesy weekend MSNBC documentaries). That was a cozy fit, since NBC questioned Cheney getting a new heart on Monday.

John Avlon played host of NewsBeast and did shame both of his colleagues. He called it “ridiculous” that Cheney would win a global-evildoer contest. He began by suggesting “We wish him well, and his family well.” Avlon clearly wasn’t speaking for the rest of the staff.  Yarrow also said "The news is that he has a heart, I think."

YARROW: But can you imagine being that organ donor? It’s such a difficult decision to say "I want to give my body to someone else after I’m dead." I would never do it. I’d say "give me my heart back."

In the middle of that, Setoodeh said Cheney’s heart would freeze over, then added:

SETOODEH: Did he cheat?...I love the people that are defending him. They’re saying there’s no way that he could skip the list. I mean, Dick Cheney can find ways to do whatever he wants.

YARROW: Apparently he waited longer than average for this heart....

AVLON: Seriously, the ill will toward Dick Cheney getting a heart transplant is stunning.

YARROW: He may be one of the most evil people in the world

AVLON: Come on! That’s not true.

YARROW: Is it not?

AVLON: Not even a little bit.

Setoodeh asked Avlon who was higher on his list and Avlon began with Stalin, and Setoodeh shot back, “You have to go to dead people to find people more evil than Dick Cheney?” Avlon then turned to the Assad family. “To name Dick Cheney as one of the most evil people alive is ridiculous.”

Allison Yarrow is married to Ben Yarrow, who in the last decade was chief speechwriter for liberal Gov. Jennifer Granholm in Michigan and then worked as Communications Director for Bill Clinton's foundation.


#1 You're watching too many zombie shows on TV, Yarrow

The donors are dead, and in the real world, the dead don't speak.

But let's get back to some important matters. When is our President going to speak out against the thugs who've placed a bounty on a man, and the celebrity who wrongly terrorized an innocent elderly couple. Where's that bully pulpit? It was certainly there when he picked the NCAA Basketball brackets.

#2 IF you even have a heart, ...

... and that's a big IF, I doubt if VP Cheney would want it installed in him. Obama, and a lot of other guys, might start looking good to him.

Comrade Bubba

#3 Liberal Compassion, Lack of Heart

She doesn't and that's the compassion of a liberal. She's like the Tinman and the Scarecrow combined.


The opposite of Left is Freedom.

#4 Liberals have no heart to give,

Liberals are extremely generous, so long as someone else pays.

This journalette assumes, inaccurately, that she had had a heart in the first place.

Liberals are so quick to give someone else the shirt off your back.

#5 And of course, now they're

And of course, now they're trying to change history and claim that Cheney somehow cheated and jumped himself up the waiting list, because the idea of him doing something like playing by the rules and waiting his turn just doesn't sit with their perfect picture of him as Darth Vader.

#6 WTF

did Dick Cheney do to anyone that makes these liberals so angry? He was VP for God sakes he didn't raise anyones taxes, he didn't push a healthcare bill down anyones throat, he didn't let someone drown in a car and he didn't plagiarize anything. He has to be the most vilified VP in American history for no good reason. The left loves to demonize people.

Support Our Troops. God bless the US military.

#7 A-hats

It really almost brings me to tears for these people to be calling Dick Cheney "the most evil person in the world". A man who has dedicated most of his life to public service-serving this country. How can these people say this? They would rather condemn him to die? I wouldn't say this about Ted Kennedy or Robert Byrd, etc. after all the horrific things they did in there lives. In fact, I prayed for Kennedy!

These people are despicable. Bet they never see the pearly gates after they check out.

#8 Sandra Fluke a Saint?

So its fine to wish Dick Cheney dead or call him Darth Vader. Yet don't call Sandra Fluke a 'slut' for claiming (perhaps falsely) to spend thousands on contraception.

#9 Are those guys in high

Are those guys in high school?

#10 Yarrow is such an idiot. Organ donors, especially heart donors,

cannot imagine anything. They are dead!!! You are not a donor until you have donated. Liberals are so stupid. They cannot even detail any 'evil act' Cheney supposedly performed except for living. No wonder the lamestream media has sunk so low with the likes of Yarrow producing the shows.

#11 I'm really pissed, and I've written my state DMV.

I requested that additional checkboxes be added to the drivers license app:

[    ]   My organs should only go to Conservatives.

[    ]   My organs should only go to Liberals.

#12 Mr. SickofLibs....

You nailed it for me. How poignant! As in "designed to make an impression : cutting ".

#13 From NOW ON

anytime someone (from the left) says this kind of pap around me about Cheney's heart transplant, I am going to hit them with the kind of verbal assault that they have never heard before......the kind that challenges them to think about what they said about someone's loved ones and wished them dead.

I envision my all out verbal assault going a little something like this:

"I come from a family that has a history of heart problems, so since I don't agree with you politically, you wouldn't want me to receive a heart transplant if I needed one?"

or this:

"The liberal hatred has overtaken your own heart and makes yours as black as coal".

or this:

"For someone whose political party affiliation supposedly champions peace, love, and happiness, you sure sound like you champion heartache, misery and humor in the death of someone you disagree with politically and that is just plain sad."

"Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets". - Robert DeNiro, Taxi Driver (1976).

#14 Cheney's Heart Transplant

The comments from these idiots would only be valid if they actually had a heart to donate........clearly they don't.

#15 Actually Jersey Girl, the

Actually Jersey Girl, the situation for some of these people is more like the Grinch, especially if you factor in the lack of charitable giving on their parts.

"You just don't get it." - Pa Grape

"You just don't get it." - Pa Grape

#16 What did Dick do?

Dick was honorable and served his Country.

Dick is intelligent and knows how to preserve peace and the security of these United States

Dick is a true American Patriot

#17 I bet if you ask these

I bet if you ask these liberal morons WHY they hate him, they wouldn't have any idea. But the demonization of him was started by Marxists and liberal media outlets because he wasn't a idiot statist like them. They call him a "war criminal" but Obama continued the war and has openned other conflicts in Africa which the media censors. So where are the calls for Obama as a war monger?

Yeah, the left is truly compassionate and and tolerant....

"It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country"......Will Durant

#18 Sarah Palin was extremely

Sarah Palin was extremely Clairvoyant when she talked about death panels. If a single payer system is implemented then old people no matter what their socio-economic status will be refused medical service all because a panel of unelected Bureaucrats will decide they are no worth it at their age.

#19 oh boy...

she needs a brain transplant...cause the one she has hears a gentle wind blowing through it all the they still print newsweek?

#20 How compassionate of you!

"But can you imagine being that organ donor? It’s such a difficult decision to say "I want to give my body to someone else after I’m dead." I would never do it. I’d say "give me my heart back."

So much for YOUR compassion, lady! Tell me, if you needed a transplanted organ in order to continue living, would you turn it down if one became available? You know, because it's "such a difficult decision?"

For me, being a donor was a simple decision to make. Why, you may ask? It's simple: once I'm dead I really don't need any of my organs. If someone can benefit from them after I die, well, take what you need, for I'm no longer using them! Just make sure I'm actually dead first, ok?

The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. The US Constitution

Unless you're a fetus. The US Supreme Court

Or Anwar al-Awlaki.

#21 Allison Yarrow

Just to give you an update, Allison Yarrow was the lefty beyotch from Code Pink who arrived on the scene at Walter Reed Army Medical Center the night of 21 January 2006 when I took over their corner and put the assclowns in the street.

She was the one who uttered that immortal phrase "People get busy, permits expire" when she knew damn well they never had a permit in the first place.

We of course, answered her with our own phrase "We have permits, Yes we do. We have permits, How bout YOU???"

Then we seranaded them with our rendition of "Na na na na na na na na Hey hey hey GOOD BYE!!!!!"

A fatal misconception is the belief that evil can be reasoned with

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