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-A “string of political embarrassments linked to Cheney, including not finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq,” and the indictment of chief of staff Scooter Libby
I don’t know what any of Cheney’s alleged traits and actions, listed above, has to do with the timing of his hunting accident disclosure, but the press never needs a clear connection when it comes to whining about their access to him.
Perhaps most ludicrous is the press’s insistence that this incident had something to do with Cheney’s alleged “secret” tendencies. For someone whom the media has depicted as the brains of the administration, do any of them really believe — or expect their readers to believe — that the vice president thought shooting somebody could be kept private? Hence we have a herring shaded scarlet.
Even sillier is the idea that Cheney should have notified the press corps immediately and delivered an explanation of the incident, and of his feelings. Howard Kurtz of the Post emphasized how long it took the vice president to show “public regret.” And after disclosure, on Thursday following his interview with Fox News’ Brit Hume, the papers universally noted how Cheney accepted responsibility for shooting Whittington but refused to take blame for not sending his message boy to the Washington press corps. Meanwhile the New York Times reported that Cheney told his story to Hume in a “just-the-facts monotone.”
Obviously it’s the enigmatic Cheney’s fault that the media misunderstand him so much, that after six years they are still waiting for him to emote.
In the eyes of that press, Cheney’s persistent reticence is causing real problems between him and the White House. Jim VandeHei and Peter Baker of the Post claimed the “slow and unapologetic response…is turning the quail-hunting mishap into a political liability for the Bush administration.” Susan Page of USA Today said Cheney is “at the center of a White House firestorm,” which “is an unwelcome interruption at a time (President Bush’s) approval rating has slipped to 39 percent in the latest USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll.”
And under the headline, “Handling of Mishap Creates Strain in the White House,” New York Times reporter David Sanger wrote that Cheney’s “habit of living in his own world….had backfired since the accident in Texas on Saturday.”
Leave it to the White House press corps to have the audacity to blame Cheney’s information management, and not their own badgering of presidential Press Secretary Scott McClellan, as the source of “tension” and “strain” in the administration. David Gregory’s antics alone could have made anybody in the room blow a gasket.
Even more arrogant is that they think their opinion of how they are handled directly correlates to the Bush administration’s approval ratings.
Kind of makes me wish that, despite Hume’s respected reputation, Cheney had done his television interview with KZTV News in Corpus Christi instead.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?