Wednesday, February 15, 2006

ReasonableMSM's Latest Temptest in a Tea Pot

My Way News provides the close-up of the media mouth-foaming here.
Vice President Dick Cheney took full blame Wednesday for shooting a hunting companion, calling it "one of the worst days of my life," but he was defiantly unapologetic about not publicly disclosing the accident until the next day.

"You can't blame anybody else," Cheney told Fox News Channel in his first public comments since the accident on a private Texas ranch Saturday. "I'm the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend."

Cheney said he had had a beer at lunch that day but nobody was drinking when they went back out to hunt a couple hours later. Law enforcement officials have ruled out alcohol as a factor.

The vice president has been under intense political pressure to speak out about the accident, which has become a public relations embarrassment and potential political liability for the White House. Senior advisers to President Bush worried that Cheney's silence had suggested a possible cover-up, and Cheney acknowledged that he delayed an announcement over the advice of Bush's press advisers.

"We really didn't know until Sunday morning that Harry was probably going to be OK, that it looked like there hadn't been any serious damage to any vital organ," he said. "And that's when we began the process of notifying the press."

Cheney was soft-spoken and appeared shaken as he described seeing 78-year-old Harry Whittington drop to the ground after he pulled the trigger on his 28-gauge shotgun while aiming at a covey of quail.

"The image of him falling is something I'll never ever be able to get out of my mind," Cheney told Fox's Brit Hume. "I fired, and there's Harry falling. It was, I'd have to say, one of the worst days of my life at that moment."
Of course, the White House Press Corps has spent most of the time slobbering Scott McClellan for the Vice President's conspiratorial delay. There's just got to be a Watergate here somewhere. How else are they going to finish re-creating the Iraq=Vietnam/Bush=Nixon meme-ology?

Look. The Vice-President of the United States of America accidentally shot his friend while hunting. That's definately news. He didn't disclose the incident to the public until a full day after the incident. During this time, he made sure his friend received medical attention and elicited the help of ranch owner and eyewitness Katharine Armstrong. She knows hunting and the local newspaper.

Bottom line: the story broke late. Has the safety and security of these United States suffered? Has some deep and mysterious conspiracy, complete with its own cigarette-smoking man, gone underground? Has the life of any American besides Harry Wittington, Dick Chaney and their families changed in any significant way because of the delay?

No. Sure, it was a bad public relations judgement. It was not a cover-up. The sputtering MSM's latest desperate attempt to watergate the President has once again compromised their integrity. Their blind hatred for President Bush and his policies have completely unhinged them and rendered their coverage of the Whitehouse suspect and irrelevent.

Keep digging that hole, folks. Just leave the dirt close by so we Fools can pack it down over you nice and firmly!

Update: Mark Shea finds more rabid mouth-foaming here.