Monday, February 13, 2006

 

Cheney's Hunting Accident

Its a matter of supreme indifference to me

And, I suspect, to much of the country. It is newsworthy, perhaps, but the media hysteria concerning the matter is absolutely ridiculous. It perfectly illustrates just how insular and out of touch they actually are. If only they focused their energies on important matters like, say, progress in Iraq, the deranged president of Iran or publishing those controversial cartoons.

(Subheading via The Black Adder.)

UPDATE:

Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank went on Keith Olberman's MSNBC show wearing a reflective hunting vest and orange stocking cap while talking about Cheney's hunting accident. This Confederate Yankee photoshop mocking Milbank's appearance is hilarious. (Via Polipundit)

UPDATE II:

Thereisnospoon comments:
The Cheney shooting story isn't about to die down. I predict that the press is going to run with this story for days, if not weeks--and it has very little to do with the possibility of Cheney's being drunk, or with the 18 hour delay, or anything else. And this story is going to be much bigger than what we've seen so far in the White House Press Briefings.

It's because this story is a perfect metaphor for this administration's foreign and domestic policy. It says everything you need to know about Dick Cheney personally, and the way this entire administration operates.

And the press does this all the time: they run with little things that display flaws in character: Al Gore's "Internet" quote to highlight his weakness for exaggeration; Kerry's "Voted for it before I voted against it" to highlight his weakness for equivocation.

In this case, we have Cheney and the entire Bush Administration foreign and domestic policy in a nutshell. Especially in Iraq and Katrina.
Yikes.

Though laughably wrong about the reason, thereisnospoon is probably right that the press won't let this die down any time soon. Bookworm gets it right:
...the MSM collectively feels incredibly slighted that the first phone call was to Cheney's 911 squad, and not to the Press.

It's this last point that has the press in a frenzy, and allows a reporter to characterize his questions about this non-event as "serious." This once again explains why the American media, which is, after all, a business concern, is in free fall. Americans know what is serious: terrorism, freedom of speech, the economy, etc. And the MSM knows what is serious: its ego, and its effort to derail the Bush presidency. That's a Venn diagram with no overlap.

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