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VP Cheney shooting accident: Press thinks it’s all about them

The mainstream press reaction to the accidental shooting of a fellow hunter by Vice President Cheney has been hilarious. It’s just another testament to their own self-absorption.

The opening line of a column by Dan Froomkin of the Washington Post:

Why isn’t Dick Cheney on TV right now?

Froomkin also gives a roundup of media reaction to the accident —

From the NY Times:

“Asked why the vice president’s office had made no announcement about the accident, [Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride] said, ‘We deferred to the Armstrongs regarding what had taken place at their ranch.’ ”

From The Boston Globe:

“Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a hunting partner Saturday in Texas, and the White House did not confirm the shooting until nearly 20 hours later.”

From the AP:

“Armstrong said everyone at the ranch was so ‘focused’ on Whittington’s health Saturday that it wasn’t until Sunday she called the Caller-Times to report the accident. . . .”

From the Chicago Tribune:

“How is it that Vice President Cheney can shoot a man, albeit accidentally, on Saturday during a hunting trip and the American public not be informed of it until today? . . .”

Of course by “the public” they really mean “the Chicago Tribune”.

From Good Morning America on ABC:

Charlie Gibson: “We’re going to go next to the growing political fallout from all this. Why didn’t the White House tell everyone when this accident happened? Why did they wait so long? And did that make a bad situation even worse?”

So if you’re a public figure and get involved in an accident, remember – before you call an ambulance, or a doctor, call the Washington Post or the NY Times. It’s all about them.

In fact, the accident happened late afternoon Saturday, and it was in the news on Sunday, the next day. Failing to cater to the obsession of the news media for instantaneous saturation reporting of every event hardly amounts to a coverup. These folks really need to get a grip.

Now we’re just waiting for someone in the tinfoil hat left section of the blogosphere to ask “was it really an accident?” Maybe they’ll restrain themselves, but we won’t be surprised if they don’t.

Michelle Malkin has video of the media frenzy at the White House press briefing today. They’re all outraged they weren’t told quickly enough.

posted by: The Editors @ 10:31 am February 13, 2006

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