'Just A Joke': Gossip Columnist Makes Up Cheney Quote

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:29 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Did you hear the one about New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams, who stuck a joke about Dick Cheney into her column on Thursday? She even made up a quote -- one that made the vice president look bad. And now she blames Washington for not laughing.

In response to "frantic" calls from Cheney's office - which was deluged by calls from inquiring reporters - Adams issued the following clarification in Friday's column:

Yesterday, to lighten everyone's load, I shoved this joke in the column: "The White House is now concentrating on the economy. Vice President Dick Cheney has told subordinates: " 'The way to lick this recession is to get all those deadbeats out of the soup kitchens.'" From sea to shining sea, America the Beautiful has a sense of humor. It stops at the Potomac. Washington-types wanted to know the source of my item. The Vice President's office called to deny he'd ever said it. I said, "Of course, he never said it. It's a joke." They wanted me to take it back. I said I don't know how you take back a joke. So, with the music of "Les Miz" in the background, the teased-up head of c. adams is now marching to the gallows. Let it be known that, in future, Jay Leno may have to hold up cue cards saying, "Attention D.C.: Joke coming."