Thursday, February 16, 2006

RealClearPolitics - Commentary - The Shooting Party by Tony Blankley

Well the Vice President was in a hunting accident this past weekend. More precisely he shot one of his buddy on accident while hunting quail. The guy was not hurt too badly and is expected to recover fully. Now I had this really funny post I was going to post. Trust me it was hilarious. I mean the quail jokes, were hard to pass up, add to that the fact that the friend was a lawyer well.....yeah just trust me it was hilarious. But then the guy had a small heart attack while being treated for his injuries and it didn't seem right to make fun of the situation.

What I do think is funny is how the mainstream media, more specifically the DC press core, are claiming "scandal" and cover up because details of the accident weren't released for 18 hours after the event. Indeed the Washington Post was scooped by a small newspaper in Corpus Christi Texas, what gall. Since then the DC press has taken to badgering the Whitehouse press secretary non-stop about why they were not informed. I love the way this administration makes the DC press dinosaurs crazy by being indifferent towards them.

Tony Blankley notices the same thing in a brilliant column posted in the Washington Times and Real Clear Politics:
RealClearPolitics - Commentary - The Shooting Party by Tony Blankley: "In the absence of any pressing news these days -- other than Iran's nuclear weapons development crisis, the election of Hamas terrorists in Palestine, ongoing worldwide Muslim riots and killing in reaction to a cartoon, Al Gore's near sedition while speaking in Saudi Arabia, the turning over of our East Coast ports to be managed by a United Arab Emirates firm, the criminal leaking of vital NSA secrets to the New York Times, Mexican military incursions across our southern border, the Iraqi crisis, Congress's refusal to deal with the developing financial collapse of Social Security and Medicare, inter alia -- the White House press corp has exploded in righteous fury over the question of the vice president's little shooting party last weekend.

As I understand the profound concern of the ever-alert White House reporters, they smell a constitutional crisis because the shooting party failed to alert the media of the accidental shooting down in Corpus Christi, Texas. Well, actually, they did alert the Corpus Christi media -- but that didn't count. Unless the exalted ones have been formally informed by an official government press secretary, no public communication has technically occurred."
What's amazing is that they don't even realize that they do not shape public opinion any more. They have made this story more about themselves than about Cheney or the person who was shot. They were slighted(in their eyes), and they are going to make us care if it's the last thing they do.