February 12, 2006
And In Other News, Just One More Thing
There is one aspect of the story I blogged earlier, about Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shooting and slightly wounding a friend of his while Quayle hunting, that didn't occur to me until I was on the phone with Friend Lee. This part:
The accident occurred Saturday at a ranch in south Texas where the vice president and several companions were hunting quail. It was not reported publicly by the vice president's office for nearly 24 hours, and then only after it was reported locally by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on its Web site Sunday....
[Lea Anne] McBride [Cheney's spokeswoman] did not comment about why the vice president's office did not tell reporters about the accident until the next day. She referred the question to Armstrong, who could not be reached again Sunday evening.
Okay... could somebody please tell me when it became part of the duties of elected officials to instantly notify the news agencies whenever they did anything embarassing that the Antique Media could use against them, just in case the media were asleep at the switch and missed it?
I can just see the newsman's paradise: "aw, hell, I missed the bowl and piddled on my shoes again. Quick, Dave! Call CNN!"
I wonder if disgruntled reporters will swoop down upon the Armstrong Ranch, demanding that Old Man Whittington be hauled up out of his sickbed to give them an exclusive, on the spot report -- preferably with something in there about impeachment. "Hey, Anderson! See if you can get the old geezer to clutch his chest and topple backwards, so we can put it on the air as exclusive footage of the actual shooting!"
Good Lord, but the pomposity and self-absorption of the press would snag a gold medal in Torino... probably in Speed Spinning.
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The following hissed in response by: Bill Faith
The above hissed in response by: Bill Faith at February 13, 2006 3:04 PM
The following hissed in response by: Chad Evans
"I wonder if disgruntled reporters will swoop down upon the Armstrong Ranch, demanding that Old Man Whittington be hauled up out of his sickbed to give them an exclusive, on the spot report -- preferably with something in there about impeachment."
You assume that hasn't already happened, an assumption which would not take into account the frenzy in which reporters have made on this story. It's ridiculous, but so too is how media organizations are accusing the White House of a cover-up when not alerting the media the second Whittington was peppered. No one covers up a peppering where no one was seriously injured, but I'd bet 99.5 percent of pepperings go unreported. Simply put, it's not really that big of a deal.
The above hissed in response by: Chad Evans at February 14, 2006 12:53 AM
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