Tuesday, February 14, 2006

"Cheney shooting" flap

I have a couple of comments on the Cheney hunting accident, and then I'm letting this go. After all, the MSM will keep the issue alive for as long as they can, so I have no desire to do it, too.

1. While the victim should have definitely announced his return to the group, Cheney is ultimately responsible for the firing of his weapon. Period.

2. The victim was hit with birdshot. Barring a point blank shot between the eyes or to the temple, it's damned tough to kill someone with birdshot. Sure, one can get hurt and hurt badly, even blinded. However, the victim is recovering well, as far as we know. This never had much of a chance of becoming a real tragedy, thank God.

3. The MSM has (a) suggested that Cheney resign...over a hunting accident where the victim will likely recover fully in a short period of time. There is no indication that the MSM has ever suggested that Ted Kennedrunk resign over drowning Mary Jo Kopechne. Nope...no liberal media bias.

4. Poor James Brady. Has his crusade against the Second Amendment clouded his perception of reality this much?

5. Washington comPost reporter (not columnist, but reporter) Dana Milbank showed up on Keith Blabbermouth's little-watched MSNBC show to talk about the hunting flap...dressed in hunting garb. Nice little jab, eh? However, as David Pierre points out: "Think back to 1998. Imagine a female newspaper reporter (not an opinion columnist, but a reporter, mind you) showing up for a television interview dressed in a beret and looking like Monica Lewinsky. Or a male columnist wearing a Clinton wig and holding a cigar. It never would have happened, because these people would have lost their jobs. Their employer's credibility would have been shot." Milbank's objectivity has been sullied over the years, but we're supposed to believe that he and his cohorts at the comPost are objective? Nope...no liberal media bias!

6. The MSM is bent that an eyewitness told the local Corpus Christi newspaper of the incident before the DC press corps. From the rabid and detached David Gregory: "The vice president of the United States accidentally shoots a man, and he feels that it's appropriate for a ranch owner who witnessed this to tell the local Corpus Christi newspaper and not the White House press corps at large or notify the public in a national way?"

I'm glad to see that the MSM's concern was more with their lost scoop than with the victim. How touching. Fortunately, McClellan fired back with this: "And you know what the immediate response was? To make sure he was getting the medical care. You may know that, but people who are listening need to hear that too."

A little perspective