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JFK, RFK and Now....Harry Whittington?
Human Events ^ | 2-19-06 | Patrick Hurley

Posted on 02/18/2006 11:39:16 PM PST by smoothsailing

JFK, RFK and Now ... Harry Whittington?

by Patrick Hurley

Posted Feb 19, 2006

As I sat in the Phoenix airport Friday afternoon, I heard the breathless excitement of CNN intruding on my consciousness. Did we invade North Korea? Did Ariel Sharon die? Had Iran finally dropped a nuclear bomb on Israel? Those stories pale in comparison to the liberal media's latest life or death breaking news flash:

VICE-PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY HAD AGREED TO AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FOX NEWS CONCERNING THE SHOOTING OF HIS HUNTING MATE, HARRY WHITTINGTON!

Stop the presses! This developing news bulleting went on to detail the horrifying tragedy that Cheney was circumventing the White House press corps and further frustrating the press in their attempts to make a NON-news story the second coming of Watergate. The reporters and the anchors for the three major networks and, CNN, are in a lather that they are being avoided when they should be adored for their standing in this development. As the insanely and narcissistic stalker woman played by Glenn Close vowed to Michael Douglas, the husband who had recognized that she was as daffy as she was dangerous, "Dan, I will NOT be ignored!". Had she not died in that bathtub, I think she would have fit right in at ABC News.

Let's try to follow the context here, shall we?

The first major incident involving a gun and a Vice-President was the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

Vice-President Burr won that gun battle as Hamilton fell dead. Since that tragic confrontation we have seen several Presidents assassinated, Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy. We have also lost several other prominent Americans to gunfire notably, Dr. Martin Luther King and Senator Robert Kennedy. In addition, Presidents Truman and Reagan were the targets of death plots and Governor George Wallace was paralyzed from being shot in Maryland during his bid for the 1972 Presidency.

But, the way the press is running around the airwaves like out of control birdshot, all of those historical tragedies are a walk in the park for the heinous crime committed by the current Vice-President of the United States. That crime was NOT the accidental shooting of hunting pal, Harry Whittington, no; it was the fact that Dick Cheney did not come forward immediately and tell the almighty news services of this country that he had mistaken his buddy boy for a giant quail.

In other words, the liberal press feels slighted that they are not in the loop by a high-ranking official in the Bush administration. This is not about the news or a tragedy; this is about media ego. The Fourth Estate has finally revealed itself for what it has been trying to hide all along; not, the noble mouthpiece of truth, justice and the American Way, but rather the mean, petty gossip monger that cannot stand President Bush and Richard Cheney and never will. If this was not so blatantly childish, it would be hilarious. But, these are grown men and women on our networks pouting and finger-pointing like a pack of junior highers in the bathroom at a school dance. I used to have a lot of respect for Elizabeth Vargas until I watched her slitting her eyes to the correspondent at the White House as if Vice-President Cheney had just committed the unpardonable sin. She and the on-site reporter carried on like the pathetic wenches in the movie, "Mean Girls", as if we tuned in to her newscast to be a part of her liberal angst that NO ONE has the right to stonewall the almighty media.

Watching Ms. Vargas' immaturity on camera made me proud to be a conservative. More importantly, it made me proud to be an American. How dare the press in this country demand that everyone follow their agenda just because they say so! Where has the respect gone for the two top executive officials in our Republic? It would be one thing if the President or the Vice-President of the United States had done something willfully illegal. It is quite another when an accident occurs between two good friends on a hunting trip. Are the Democrats and their liberal operatives THAT desperate to play on a tragedy that involves two men who can work it out between themselves without the drama of comparing this waylaid grouping of pellets to a front page news story that MUST be explained to voyeuristic journalists who have nothing better to do than carp like magpies over a crime that was not committed, an act that is insignificant in its long-term outcome and a follow-up that is between two hunters and no one else's business, especially all the Woodward, Bernstein and Cronkite wannabes who are salivating at the possibility of being a STAR!

You are not a star. You are not even the headline on page two. You are not even a news story. You are a member of the press corps who is lucky enough to cover the White House or an anchor on a national broadcasting network.

You have done little in your life to deserve the righteous indignation you are screaming about here. Get over yourself. Go get a real job or, at the very least, start doing your job. You owe that to your bosses, your company, your country and your conscience. When a REAL news item breaks, we will all make a promise to you that you will be one of the first to know about it.

Until then, say a prayer for the full recovery of Harry Whittington and go hug a quail.

Copyright © 2006 HUMAN EVENTS. All Rights Reserved.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: cheney; harrywhittington; patrickhurley
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1 posted on 02/18/2006 11:39:17 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
it was the fact that Dick Cheney did not come forward immediately and tell the almighty news services of this country that he had mistaken his buddy boy for a giant quail.

Except that they did; the local press was called first thing in the morning. So all of their girlish hysteria is about the fact that some local guy got the scoop, instead of them.

This is an interesting story up to a point, its the vice president after all. If your VP shoots someone, or vomits on some foreign prime minister, I'm sorry, its interesting for about 5 minutes. Its worth a couple of jokes, and its worth a moment to pray for the guy who got a face full of buckshot.

But then thats it. Beyond that, I'm not interested. If you're going to waste a lot of ink and paper on this story, you've lost me. I'm much more interested in finding out when our guys will be crossing the Iranian border. And if Cheney will be taking personal charge of that mission.

2 posted on 02/18/2006 11:46:29 PM PST by marron
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To: smoothsailing
Covers a lot of bases, such as the post-Watergate desire of reporters to be STARS! instead of, well, reporters, as in people who report the news.

Guess they don't teach that part in journalism school anymore.

3 posted on 02/18/2006 11:48:26 PM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: smoothsailing

What a great editorial.

Pity no one will ever read it.


4 posted on 02/18/2006 11:53:04 PM PST by Old Sarge (In a Hole in the Ground, there Lived a Fobbit...)
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To: smoothsailing


I love this.


5 posted on 02/18/2006 11:55:55 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: smoothsailing
Are the Democrats and their liberal operatives THAT desperate to play on a tragedy that involves two men who can work it out between themselves without the drama of comparing this waylaid grouping of pellets to a front page news story that MUST be explained to voyeuristic journalists who have nothing better to do than carp like magpies over a crime that was not committed, an act that is insignificant in its long-term outcome and a follow-up that is between two hunters and no one else's business, especially all the Woodward, Bernstein and Cronkite wannabes who are salivating at the possibility of being a STAR!

Yes. (Great sentence!)

6 posted on 02/18/2006 11:58:08 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: smoothsailing

I do love your posts!

Thank you. ;o)


7 posted on 02/19/2006 12:02:32 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: marron
It's my understanding that the secret service had informed local law enforcemend AND gotten Harry in an ambulance and on the way to the hospital within a half hour of the accident.

That's what really matters.

Mrs.Armstrong called the local paper the next morning.

The priorities were: provide medical help,inform LE, notify the media.All done in order of importance.

8 posted on 02/19/2006 12:03:57 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Darkwolf377
Guess they don't teach that part in journalism school anymore.

I went to journalism school, actually it was broadcasting school 'cause I am a techie and just wanted to 'play with the toys' as it were, but was forced to take journalism courses as a requirement for my BA degree. This was in the late 70's
The "Woodward/Bernstein" drone couldn't have been more clear ... they said "You have more power with that video camera in your hands than the president of the United States" ... or some such pap. I didn't like that at all, thought it was all a bunch of self-grandizing nonesense. But then it happened in the 1980's ... "60 Minutes" and "2020" become the most watched and influential 'news magazine' programs ... local stations stage similar 'GOTCHA!' pieces, and an entire cottage industry sprug up with "Shame On You" expose's .....

What a mess ... so glad I never went into that morass of maroons :)

9 posted on 02/19/2006 12:06:10 AM PST by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Old Sarge
WE DID! And we ain't chopped liver!

FRegards Old Sarge! Stay safe my FRiend! :)

10 posted on 02/19/2006 12:06:30 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: dixiechick2000
My pleasure,dc!

This one is fun! ;)

11 posted on 02/19/2006 12:08:50 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Old Sarge

I read it.


12 posted on 02/19/2006 12:09:16 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Proud to be a cotton-pickin' Republican on the GOP Plantation)
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To: Mr_Moonlight
Thanks for the inside view.

The "Gotcha!" journalism is particularly disturbing, since the media folks who are constantly tut-tutting American culture for its crassness are the same folks who thrive on that. Every week you'd think the world was ending according to 60 Minutes. And yet these problems they get everyone worked up about are rarely mentioned again after the "hard-hitting" expose is broadcast...so how important could each of them be?

13 posted on 02/19/2006 12:10:51 AM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: smoothsailing

bttt


14 posted on 02/19/2006 12:11:32 AM PST by nopardons
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To: Old Sarge

YOU read it Sarge, and so did I. We are DEFINITELY somebodies!


15 posted on 02/19/2006 12:14:41 AM PST by Just Lori (Trying to reason with a liberal is like sucking spaghetti through a straw)
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To: devolve; potlatch
Fun read ping!
16 posted on 02/19/2006 12:17:18 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Darkwolf377
media folks who are constantly tut-tutting American culture for its crassness are the same folks who thrive on that.

I'll go even one further .. the media folk who are constantly tut-tutting American culture ought to turn the camera around on themselves to see the folly within their own lives and culture, and then realize that they are no better or worse than any other American. We all have our own little follies and shortcomings, everyone does, but we don't all go around exploiting it on television like these self-important narcassists do ... nuff said :)

17 posted on 02/19/2006 12:28:22 AM PST by Mr_Moonlight
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To: smoothsailing
This is no doubt a Dick Cheney conspiracy/cover up. He tried to do away with Whittington like the Clinton's did away with Vince Foster! Where are our media mavens when we need them? It is time they uncover this dastardly scheme!
18 posted on 02/19/2006 12:30:12 AM PST by Man50D
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To: smoothsailing

Here in Germany I am unable to get CNN (which is not really a problem), but have you people seen CNNI?

There ratings are so bad that they got people moved over from BBC and are using old style BBC graphics on their screen. It's pathetic.

Two weeks ago I heard a CNNI reporter admit that their average viewer watches CNN for 21 minutes a week. That's only three minutes a day!! And that is the average, which means there are many people watching for much less than 3 minutes a day and CNNI is still counting them as "viewers".

LOL!


19 posted on 02/19/2006 1:07:30 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: smoothsailing
Does anyone else (besides myself)have the impression that our Royal Dinosaur White House Press Corps was actually hoping that Harry Whittington would die?
20 posted on 02/19/2006 3:10:00 AM PST by Malesherbes
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To: smoothsailing; PhilDragoo; potlatch; ntnychik; dixiechick2000; Victoria Delsoul; Calpernia; ...




21 posted on 02/19/2006 3:45:46 AM PST by devolve (<-- (-in a manner reminiscent of Senator Gasbag F. Kohnman-)
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To: smoothsailing
"The priorities were: provide medical help,inform LE, notify the media.All done in order of importance."

Actually, I'm not sure informing the media should even be on the list. Local hunting incidents are reported in the press only because good reporters are following the action in the police department. The fact that the police were informed almost immediately seems to me to have been an adequate first response. The fact that reporters were too incompetent to find the story on their own was given adequate response the next day with the story to the local press. The real story here is the incompetence and immaturity of the WH press corps. This is now exposed. David Gregory will forever be known as the reporter that threw a hissy fit, not as a respected journalist.

22 posted on 02/19/2006 6:41:02 AM PST by norwaypinesavage
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To: smoothsailing

Just imagine what we would have been subjected to if the VP had informed the national press immediately.

The "breaking news" on all channels. The wild speculation. the roundtables of talking heads babbling on with no facts and all speculation. The rumor mill ( "May be more then one casualty"." Unconfirmed reports of a death". "Reliable sources inform us the VP was drunk". " We have heard of a freezer stuffed with bodies". etc etc etc.) The Descent of the Carrion Press on the Hospital and Family. The magical appearance of "experts" who would assure us that hunting accidents are a A. both very rare and suspicious, and B. So common that we should disarm the hunters for their own and the publics safety.


23 posted on 02/19/2006 6:44:39 AM PST by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: norwaypinesavage
This is now exposed. David Gregory will forever be known as the reporter that threw a hissy fit, not as a respected journalist.

He watched Dan Rather make a career out of doing just that.

24 posted on 02/19/2006 7:00:09 AM PST by digger48
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To: smoothsailing

This is the same MSM who were prepared to defend to the death, the need to save one death row prisoner, from his deserved punishment "cause he wrote a few books for children".
He was convicted for murdering 4 people and the press treated him with undying respect while treating Vice president with disdain and churlish anger.

A Pox on the whole bunch.

Good Post.


25 posted on 02/19/2006 7:00:45 AM PST by chatham
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To: devolve

Great Posting !

Snoopy is our Guy!


26 posted on 02/19/2006 7:02:45 AM PST by chatham
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To: norwaypinesavage
You're exactly right.Once the police are notified,that should be it.

I remember when reporters were called "newshounds", they sniffed the news out on their own.

27 posted on 02/19/2006 9:33:08 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: devolve
LOL! David Gregory is looking perky in her nice blue dress! :)
28 posted on 02/19/2006 9:37:09 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: devolve

LOL!


I do so love what you've done with Gregory. ;o)


29 posted on 02/19/2006 10:03:17 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: devolve; potlatch

I should have known you had a hand in this, potlatch!

Kudos to you both!


30 posted on 02/19/2006 4:22:06 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: devolve
They just won't let old Dick have a moment's peace...


31 posted on 02/19/2006 4:27:26 PM PST by Bender2 (Redid my FR Homepage just for ya'll... Now, Vote Republican and vote often!)
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To: smoothsailing; devolve; dixiechick2000
LOL, good post!


32 posted on 02/19/2006 6:00:53 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: Bender2


Very accurate -

Drudge sez Time and Newsweak are running a dozen more Dick Cheney "stories" this issue.

Keep it up you geniuses of the business world!






33 posted on 02/19/2006 6:45:14 PM PST by devolve (<-- (-in a manner reminiscent of Senator Gasbag F. Kohnman-)
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To: smoothsailing; potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; dixiechick2000; Victoria Delsoul


Blue dress?????

Check again.....


34 posted on 02/19/2006 7:06:09 PM PST by devolve (<-- (-in a manner reminiscent of Senator Gasbag F. Kohnman-)
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To: devolve
Re: Keep it up you geniuses of the business world!

If I am a 'genius' why do I always lose my lap when I stand up?

BTW I have more New York Slimes Editions on my FR Homepage and my Archives Page

35 posted on 02/19/2006 7:08:40 PM PST by Bender2 (Redid my FR Homepage just for ya'll... Now, Vote Republican and vote often!)
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To: devolve
Blue dress?????

It looks green to me.

36 posted on 02/19/2006 7:45:13 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: smoothsailing

I hope I live to see Vince Foster's shooter interviewed.


37 posted on 02/19/2006 7:53:53 PM PST by isom35
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To: smoothsailing

Bravo...


38 posted on 02/19/2006 7:56:27 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..".Liberty is the right and hope of all humanity"GW Bush)
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To: devolve; Victoria Delsoul; smoothsailing

It looks bright blue to me and smoothsailing, always has looked blue!

What browser are you using Victoria?


39 posted on 02/19/2006 8:31:02 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: potlatch; devolve
Netscape, but I just checked it out on explorer and fox, and the dress looks mighty green, lol.

What's the real color?

40 posted on 02/19/2006 8:34:44 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: devolve
Looks blue to me! Of course the Army took me off of flight status in '78 for color blindness.What color is it supposed to be?
41 posted on 02/19/2006 8:36:34 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: potlatch; Victoria Delsoul; smoothsailing; ntnychik


Hit "Refresh"

Your cache is showing Version 1.0

Now that is DavyB.gif

The one posted is Davy.gif - Version 2.0

Another one or two shortly coming up

Perhaps tomorrow

--

Gregory's little wife will love them!

Why does he wear her blouses? Are they both the same size?




42 posted on 02/19/2006 8:41:22 PM PST by devolve (<-- (-in a manner reminiscent of Senator Gasbag F. Kohnman-)
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To: smoothsailing; Mo1; kcvl; Txsleuth; Miss Marple; A Citizen Reporter; ohioWfan; BigSkyFreeper; ...

Great find, smooth.


43 posted on 02/19/2006 8:41:44 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: potlatch; devolve
So it is blue! Good! I've got a problem with some colors, but I was pretty sure blue wasn't one of them.Devolve's messing with my mind! HA!
44 posted on 02/19/2006 8:42:10 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Howlin

Thanks! It is fun! :D


45 posted on 02/19/2006 8:45:34 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Bender2


Keep it up......

Great stuff!


46 posted on 02/19/2006 8:46:29 PM PST by devolve (<-- (-in a manner reminiscent of Senator Gasbag F. Kohnman-)
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To: Victoria Delsoul; smoothsailing; devolve
What's the real color?

LOL, the real color is whatever you've been seeing since that's the only way you will ever see it!! I am on Internet Explorer and see it in a bright blue.

I even tried to work on 'Davy' because he came from a picture with red lights around him and he looks purple.

When I 'faded' him out the dress turned a lighter blue-green and I don't think devolve liked it.

See how he looks to you now?

http://usera.imagecave.com/potlatch/Davy2.gif

47 posted on 02/19/2006 8:48:25 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: Victoria Delsoul; smoothsailing; devolve

Let me check Imagecave to see if they're 'up and running' as the url didn't highlight!!


48 posted on 02/19/2006 8:49:30 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: Howlin; All

ROFLOL Look..Have mercy! I am sick with allergies anyway and now I really have tears pouring down my cheeks from laughing so much!


49 posted on 02/19/2006 8:52:27 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: potlatch
LOL, the real color is whatever you've been seeing since that's the only way you will ever see it!!

I see (no pun intended, LOL.) I tried the link... same color - green.

50 posted on 02/19/2006 8:52:49 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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