Skip to comments.JFK, RFK and Now....Harry Whittington?
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.
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.
Guess they don't teach that part in journalism school anymore.
What a great editorial.
Pity no one will ever read it.
I love this.
Yes. (Great sentence!)
I do love your posts!
Thank you. ;o)
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.
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 :)
FRegards Old Sarge! Stay safe my FRiend! :)
This one is fun! ;)
I read it.
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?
YOU read it Sarge, and so did I. We are DEFINITELY somebodies!
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 :)
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".
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