Liz Cheney’s newly-launched neoconservative front group Keep America Safe (which The Wonk Room’s Matt Duss renames “The Foreign Policy Keep America Project For A Safe New American Century Initiative”) released a web ad last week attacking a variety of MSNBC hosts for being “afraid” to “talk substance.” “Why don’t they want to debate the issues?” a chyron reads. Another one asks, “What are they so afraid of?” Last night, Rachel Maddow responded by noting that Liz Cheney appears to be the one who is “afraid” of a debate:
MADDOW: Our booking producers have been calling Liz Cheney and asking her to come on this show and discuss her ideas, debate the issues for months. We have called her many, many, many times – including twice on Friday. So far, she has declined every single invitation that we have extended.
And I understand – a lot of people say no to being on this show. But not a lot of them do so while claiming that MSNBC is afraid to debate them. Be not afraid, Ms. Cheney. I promise I will not bite.
Of course, it’s not as if Liz Cheney is afraid of appearing on cable news shows. After all, as Steve Benen documented back in May, Cheney appeared “all over the television news” — including MSNBC — to defend her dad’s policies. Is it debating Maddow that she’s afraid of?