I would say he had recently gone through a Homeland binge, but this predates the show by a couple of years. Regardless, Dick Cheney told 60 Minutes yesterday that during his worst health troubles as vice president, he feared a terrorist could hack into an electrical defibrillator implanted near his heart and kill him. So in 2007, he asked his cardiologist Jonathan Reiner to replace the implanted device with one that did not have wi-fi capabilities.
From the Guardian:
[Homeland's episode] was an alarming plotline, he said.
"I was aware of the danger that existed, I found it credible because I knew from the experience we had and the necessity for adjusting my own device that it was an accurate portrayal of what was possible," he said in the CBS interview.
"It seemed to be a bad idea for the vice-president of the United States to have a device that maybe somebody in the next hotel room or downstairs might be able to hack into," he said.
It's a minor miracle that Cheney lived through the Bush presidency. He nearly died from dangerously high levels of potassium in his blood on 9/11 (a condition called hyperkalaemia), and he nearly always carried around a letter of resignation just in case his health deteriorated further. He says a heart transplant last year saved his life. If you'd like to start your Monday with a vomit session, here is a picture of his old heart. It looks like a chicken parm.
[H/T: CBS News]