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Thursday, February 16, 2006

The Cheney shooting

So Dick Cheney has fessed up, something rarely heard from the Bush White House. He did shoot his hunting buddy and he's sorry about it, some say even depressed about it. Of course, the apology comes four days after the incident, which we didn't learn about until 24 hours after it happened.

But is this front-page news? Is anything the vice president does worthy of immediate coverage? Is there any difference between this incident and Clinton's White House liaisons with an intern?

23 Comments:

Blogger vin said...

Well,well a journalist with integrety and insight. Thanks for your honest take on the Cheney story. The "hunting accident" is barely a news item--thank God the poor fellow seems to be OK.
The mainstream press has made the story a Big event only because they have no respect for the entire Bush Administration.
Respectfully,
Vin Bickler

4:49 PM, February 16, 2006  
Blogger Brachinus said...

Is anything the veep does worthy of coverage? Probably not.

Is it worthy of coverage when he shoots a guy? I'd say so.

How is it any different from Clinton's dalliance with Lewinsky? Nobody in that incident ended up in the hospital. That's one difference right there.

7:22 AM, February 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I relish the fact that dems are going crazy over the Cheney hunting accident. It just shows how out of touch they are with middle america and people with common sense. Every week they seem to make bigger fools of themselves.

12:32 PM, February 17, 2006  
Anonymous Nick said...

The Cheney hunting accident highlights the absurdity of hunting itself. They call it a "sport." How does sitting in a blind, waiting for a bird, and then killing the bird, qualify as sport? I say, save your ammo, in case you need to use it against the variety of animal that would threaten your life, your property, or your freedom -- the two-legged variety.

12:33 PM, February 17, 2006  
Anonymous Dolores Geiger said...

I think there are HUGE differences between Vice President's Cheney's hunting ACCIDENT and President Clinton's SLIP OF THE TONGUE -"I did not have sexual relations with that woman". Our government paid millions of dollars to find out if President Clinton was lieing. Vice President Cheney handled his PERSONAL accident in a proper manner. Quite frankly, I don't care so much what our government officials do on their private time as to how they spend our tax dollars . For example, in New Jersey hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent cutting a rap cd to promote voting! People will vote if they choose to or not. If they vote because someone has a good beat, I don't think I want them voting anyway!

12:47 PM, February 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mainstream press hates Cheney and the administration.David Gregory is a prima donna, Helen Thomas already says she despises the administration and Dana Milbank of the WaPo made a complete ass of himself in reporting the accident.He belongs in a circus with the clowns.

3:26 PM, February 17, 2006  
Blogger Brachinus said...

For those who think the hunting accident is being overplayed by a sensationalist media out of touch with the regular people, 2 questions:

1. How many comments are there on this post so far, on the first day it's open?

2. How many comments are there on the rest of the APP blogs put together?

4:08 PM, February 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The media went into a frenzy when Cheney didn't make a statement for 24 hours.They hid the intern story for almost a year until Drudge broke the dress stain evidence, the Vince Foster story was barely reported until 5 days later and when Hillary and her advisors ran a security checkpoint and injured a guard it was given the ho hum by the dinosaur media.

4:12 PM, February 17, 2006  
Blogger Bill O'Rights said...

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9:04 PM, February 17, 2006  
Blogger Bill O'Rights said...

Dog bites man - No
Man bites dog - Yes
Pres has sex - No
VP shoots man - Yes (front page!)

9:14 PM, February 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No difference. Both mens incidents were accidents while pursuing their favorite hobbies.

7:44 AM, February 18, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Re said...

The way that this incident was handled by Cheney is another example of how the current administration maintains a shroud of secrecy around everything it does - big or small.

Cheney made it news by non-disclosure and circumventing routine police handling of the investigation.

If one hunter shot another in New Jerseys recent bear hunt would it be news or just an accident to be covered up?

8:38 AM, February 18, 2006  
Blogger brian said...

To all the idiots who slammed the VP. Next time he should call the press first to satisfy their pathetic ego's. Calling an ambulance should not have been a priority.

I would say the VP handled himself well.

12:18 PM, February 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Cheney shot someone while hunting could be played as front-page news. Is it front-page news for the Press? Perhaps on a slow news day. It would be front-page news, i think, if the fellow had actually ended up dying. Then, we are talking a whole different ballgame. I do think, however, that the media did blow out the withholding of the information out of proportion. This story was never going to get buried. Even if the VP wasn't as forthcoming as he should have been, the withholding of the story for 24 hours or so wasn't a national security issue or coverup and too much fuss was made about it.

12:43 PM, February 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh come on, you know as well as I do - accepted editorial standards make anything involving the Vice President news, and legitimate news at that.
The discharge of a firearm even in the vicinity of the vice president is news, when that discharge sends somebody to the hospital.
The incident should have generated a police report, which you and I both know should have been public record within hours, the incident should have been on a police band radio, and some reporter in some news room should have picked up on it. It didn't happen that way, which should lead any legitimate news reporter to wonder why, and the job of the press...if its not telling truth to power sure as hell better be to keep an eye on
it.

9:31 PM, February 20, 2006  
Anonymous William Hobday said...

The USVP is a heartbeat away from the US President. This means that everything is on the record. The question remains How Soon and under what circumstances.

We are human beings, suceptible to occasional human error. The VP has adequately reported the incident on his own timeline, not the timeline of the Washington press core. He clearly took personal responsibility and got the story out under very difficult circumstances. He accidently shot his friend. That is very difficult.

9:59 AM, February 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

VPOTUS Cheney handled this unfortunate incident well by getting all of the facts before breaking the news through a trusted & knowledgable source to a local news paper. He has nothing to be ashamed of.

The whitehouse press core and specifically David Gregory have much to be asamed about. Gregory has apologized, but NBC needs to do the same.

Gregory needs to go back to local coverage for awhile to seek some humility, compassion and credibility.

2:31 PM, February 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes there is a difference between Whittington and Lewinsky.

Lewinsky involved the President, not the VP. Lewinsky happened inside the White House and inside the Oval office. Lewinsky worked for the White House. Clinton lied about it.

Whittington was shot on a ranch somewhere in Texas on private property, he does not work for the White House and Cheney never lied about it.

The press is keeping this story alive because they are upset that they weren't told for 24 hours. All I have to say is who cares! What right do you have to immediately know about the incident anyway. The incident was a private one, and had nothing to do with the country.

3:40 PM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Ray said...

Anonymous said...
VPOTUS Cheney handled this unfortunate incident well by getting all of the facts before breaking the news through a trusted & knowledgable source to a local news paper.

I say: Anywhere else this would be called manipulating the news . Since when is it the VP's job to "get the facts" or to decide what the facts are, or what they should be, or when they should be released and then select to whom they'll be released? Does anyone else have any right to do this? Of course not. That's why the media is supposed to be independent of the newsmakers, not manipulated by them. Geez, if this happened to Al Gore you guys would be all over him for it!

12:35 AM, February 22, 2006  
Blogger RedJersey1 said...

Ok..lets see Chuck Schummer had something to say. Hillary had something to say. Who is missing here...who?...oh I know where is Ted Kennedy to critize the timely report?

It only took him 24 hours to report a woman at the bottom of a creek in his car. Where are the reports, chucky and Hillary?

2:39 AM, February 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is called diversion. Look at it this way. This shooting took the press away from the Abramoff mess, the Libby leak and the illegal spying issue. That is what the Bush cronies do best. Too bad their port contract blew open. They'd still be running with Cheney.

4:16 PM, February 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was an accident! Period.

12:57 PM, February 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only have one question. If someone shot you, would you apologize to the person who shot you?

7:10 PM, February 24, 2006  

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