Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Cheney to Come Clean

Hee hee. Not really. First the news out of the White House said that Cheney was going to make an appearance at 2pm today to explain how he shot a man and then appeared to attempt to cover it up.

But then we learned that he's only filming an interview at 2pm -- it won't actually run until 6pm, allowing plenty of time to clean it up before it is aired. And the interview won't be with an actual news outfit, but rather with Fox"News" -- the propaganda arm of the White House. Further, the time won't be spent in an actual interview, but instead, Brit Hume, who started out his career as a journalist, but has since become a full-blown ideologue and admistration apologist, will lob pre-approved softballs at Cheney.

In other words, while the "interview" might qualify as entertainment, it is unlikely to be actually newsworthy.

Oh, yeah -- and Bush was either in on the attempted cover-up, or he's not even in the loop. As Scott McClellan clearly knows, there's no good option there.

5 comments:

JosiahQ said...

Well, its certainly newsworthy, its just not necessarily truthful in the way we'd like it to be.

alice said...

Well, perhaps newsworthy in the same way that the runaway bride was newsworthy -- IOW, infotainment... a story that doesn't actually inform or enlighten, but that keeps us busy until we either get bored or forget that we were hoping to find out what's really going on in world ...

stelmodad said...

Well, (the other comments started with "Well," so it seemed the thing to do)



I'm a non-rabid critically thinking Republican whose also hunted and spent more time than average with a weapon in my hand (Army)...



That said, the Cheney accident was an example of poor hunting and gun safety - period. No excuses, drunk or sober, you DO NOT fire a weapon in a direction that you have not confirmed as safe.



Maybe the poor old fellow crept up from behind, but so what. You do not fire your weapon outside of an area you've deemed safe. Also, the last time I checked, birds don't dive lower to evade being shot at, so if Mr. Cheney did track the birds past a safe point they should have been on a vector heading up. And again, on safety, a safe shot is one above the horizon (since people don't fly).



All in all, it looks like he was trying to cover his butt and not own up right away to what accounts for a foolish action. Fortunatly for Whittington they were not hunting for deer. Today's interview comes nearly a week too late and should have been made Sunday morning.

stelmodad said...

also, could local and national reporters do just a little homework and quit calling it a bullet or buck shot? If either of those were fired Mr. Whittington would likely be dead or have a large whole in him rather than small bird shot which is smaller than a BB.

fernie said...

He's invited David Gregory to go elephant hunting with him. Big ol' .444 Weatherbys, no little pellet wounds there. Maybe they'll auction the head away on Ebay.