Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Frenzied Media

As we have all heard by now, VP Cheney peppered one of his long-time friends with birdshot while hunting. The 78-year old is still in the hospital, but in good spirits & condition.

The media is going absolutely bonkers over this. Why weren't they immediately notified as soon as it happened? How did it happen? Was it intentional? Will Cheney resign(!) over this? Was he drunk?

What drivel is this? Must be a real slow day to focus on an accident in which no one was killed. In retrospect, it makes sense.

The media needs to focus every little bit of negativity on the Bush administration. They will not focus on the real issues that matter - protecting the US from terrorism by whatever (legal) means, secrets being leaked by members of Congress and the media (treason!), & Iran's nuclear ambitions (threat to every sane nation). All because they have some agenda to get the Dems back in power. What short-sighted BS is this?

The media is to inform the public on news, weather, and more news. The freedom of the press (or media) is to make sure there is a source of information, good & bad, about the doings of the government. It does not give them license to publish or otherwise make known information which our enemies could use to cause the citizens of this nation harm, nor to compromise intelligence or military operations against those same enemies. Editorials were to be clearly marked (called the editorial page!), and all sides of the news were to be completely disclosed (sound bites not withstanding). Instead, the media has turned into a giant propaganda machine for the out of touch Liberals, and have either made up or skewed information to support their view. But I digress since I have written about this earlier (link here)...

I'm sure we will hear more about this unfortunate event as time goes by. So far, VP Cheney has not spoken publicly about the incident, preferring to have the press secretaries handle it. It will be interesting to see how this all turns out. I personally would love to see the media get smacked down publicly for their idiocy over this entire event. And since Cheney is not a career politician, he just might be the man to do it.


Teresa said...

I heard the poor guy has now had a heart attack. I am more worried about 80 year olds with guns, than the fact that he was shot by the VP, which is a hazard of hunting--being shot, I mean, not the VP.

Concerned Patriot said...

Tom, I was gonna blast this whole thing on my site, but now that you've done it, I'm good to go. Nice job partner. You know ... I really don't see how it's anyone's damn business anyway. Maybe next time Leslie Stahl, or Katie Couric, or Dan Rather get a speeding ticket we should start screaming at them for not notifying the entire United States of America. WTF? Seriously ... do people honestly believe that we have the RIGHT to know when the VP or Chief of Staff take a crap? Man ... our media is out of control. Well, not all of our media (mainly CNN), but most of them anyway. If I was the press secretary, I would've told all them fools to kiss my 4th point of contact yesterday. I'll be damned if I let them treat me like crap in my own freaking briefing! WTF?
Well, needless to say, I'm a bit peaved at this outrageous BS. Thanks for posting ... great post by the way. Have a great week.

Anne said...

Saw on drudge this morning that Harry Reid, the Dem Senate leader kept secret that he had a stroke for 3 days last year.

Now that is news for Washington, as it affects his job performance. The Cheney thing seemed fine to me to be reported to the local paper.

The White House press corps are fixated with Bush-Cheney hatred and have no perspective--an Iranian nuke is on its way and they are worried about some stray bird-shot.

Tom said...

Thank you all for your comments!!

Teresa - It is unfortunate that the guy has had complications, but happy to hear that he is recovering, is in good spirits, and is looking forward to going out again. Hunting has its risks, but so does driving. I would worry more about crossing a street in Florida or Arizona with all the retirees driving around than I would out hunting with an 80-year old. I may not hunt, but I definitely wouldn't go out with a stranger!

APV - Sorry for stealing your thunder! You've beat me on a couple of topics, so it was about time I snuck one in before you.

Anne - Couldn't agree with you more. The priorities are totally skewed.

Also heard on the radio that Cheney has taken full responsibility for the accident in an interview with Brit Hume. When was the last time you heard a Liberal or a Democrat take responsibility for anything?

Gaius Arbo said...

Al Gore took responsibility for inventing the internet!

There's also the possibility here that the MSM desperately needed to deflect attention away from the fact they were afraid to publish the cartoons.... Just a thought.

Thanks for the vist to my site, Tom. I did answer your question about German wind power, btw.

Nightcrawler said...

I still think I'd rather go hunting with Dick Cheney than driving with Ted Kennedy over a bridge!

Tom said...

Got a question that everyone might like to comment on:

And what again is the difference between Chapaquitic and what Dick Cheney just did? I'm a little confused.

John 10:26 PM

My answer was...

John - Let's see what obvious differences there are:

1) Somebody died...
2) Help was immediately obtained...
3) Teddy was cheating on his wife (secret!!), Cheney was hunting (public knowledge)...

Need I go on?