Cheney: Politics not for those who "want to be loved"
â??The World According to Dick Cheney" will air on Showtime tonight. / Showtime
Dick Cheney, formerly one of the most powerful men in America, is the subject of a new documentary that debuts tonight on Showtime - but according to National Journal, he's none too pleased about how it turned out.
The film, "The World According to Dick Cheney," "tells us the story of his 40-year-career in politics going back to the Richard Nixon administration," according to filmmaker R.J. Cutler, an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker.
In it, Cheney reflects on his time in the administration, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and his own personal faults - which, he says, he doesn't "spend a lot of time thinking about."
"My goal was not to put him on trial but to get his voice to be the driving force of this film," according to Cutler.
But National Journal reports that Cheney was dissatisfied with the focus on internal politics at the White House rather than the administration's actual policies, and that he believed it presented biased accounts from journalists and historians.
Cheney is no stranger to criticism, however, and he professes not to be bothered by it.
"If you're not prepared to have critics and to be subject to criticism then, you know, wrong line of work," he says in the documentary. "If you want to be loved, you know, go be a movie star."
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