I waited and waited. I kept holding out hope. I said to myself, "Self, this story can’t possibly be this important, can it?" And yet, sure enough, here it is Thursday, I’ve just come home from work and back from the gym—and it is STILL going on. Dick Cheney shot his friend in a hunting accident. It is a terrible story, and you have the feel for both the victim and the vice-president.
I figures, ok last night Cheney fixed everything. However, that was naive, wasn’t it? All I hear today is that he "ran to Fox." Rush had indignant sound clips of fake-journalists like Keith Olberman and Chris Mathews ranting that he went to the soft ball. Yet last time I checked, while Olberman was cracking jokes on SportsCenter and Mathews was a partisan hack to Jimmy Carter and Tip O’Neal, Brit Hume was actually a seasoned television journalist. He worked for ABC News IN the White House Press Room. What have those two assclowns done besides sit behind a desk and pontificate on low-rated TV shows. The reason they blast Fox is that Brit Hume is an acknowledged conservative. But so what, right? He is one of the most respected Washington journalists around—your no hack if you sit in the Press Room for ABC News. It’s just laughable that the MSM would blast Brit Hume. It would be one thing if he went to Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly. Look, sure Fox has a conservative edge to its commentary, but I haven’t ever seen anyone challenge their new coverage, nor have I ever heard anyone before so blatantly challenge Brit Hume’s integrity.
Now I know I’m going on a bit of a rant about Fox News, but it is worth mentioning. Another reason for Cheney’s decision to go to Fox certainly has to do with the fact that they are KILLING in the ratings. You just heard the bitterness dripping off the tongue of, I think it was Mathews, when he referred to them as the "F-Word Network," or it might have been Olberman. But that wasn’t the real outrage. People like Olberman and Mathews aren’t journalists, they are pundits. The journalists have been embarrassing themselves.
The righteous indignation that those of the like of David Gregory have shown is almost laughable! "Don’t lecture me, it’s my job to ask the tough questions," boomed Gregory to Scott McClellan (or something to that effect). They don’t respect Bush, they hate his administration, and they fail to realize it’s that hate that fuels the White House’s secrecy on so many matters. They just cannot trust the mainstream media to report events fairly and accurately when it comes to new form the White House. They reveal national security secrets, constantly rely on "unnamed sources," and ignore much of the good news. The line use to always be, "it’s the economy, stupid." Well, the economy is booming right now . . . but if you read the media, you sure wouldn’t even know that!
The media have made themselves the story. They are like little children whining that they didn’t get their milk and cookies first. Then the icing came when Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank appeared on Olberman’s (low-rated) show Countdown, wearing bright orange hunting gear. This just kept bothering me. He’s not a commentator, he’s not an editorialist, he is a REPORTER, for god sakes. I don’t think I’m ever going to take him seriously again.
I look at journalism much like history. You follow your leads in journalism, much like you follow your sources in history. You can have hunches, you can have suspicions, but you never write it down without proof. You also never, ever make yourself the story of your subject. That is what has happened. These reporters are frustrated that circulation is down, ratings are down, the conservative Bush Administration has been successful, they can find no dirt that sticks, and a new alternative media has risen up to challenge them, and they are losing!
They thought they had it. A gun. Dick Cheney. A slow response. Secrecy. Maybe a cover-up?! And if we are all REAL lucky, that old man might die!!! Then they can call him murderer! That will bring this Administration down. We can show them whose boss. How dare they not keep us informed with every minute detail? How dare they let a bush-league, small beans, cow-town newspaper in Corpus Christi top US!
The real sad part is that this was a legitimate story. Dick Cheney, the Vice-President of the United States and one of the most powerful men in the world, SHOT somebody. He really was slow in getting the news out. The critics are right to say he should have released a statement. But I don’t blame Cheney for not running to the White House press corps. If this was not the angle they would have taken, I’m sure they would have found something else to step two weeks talking about to hurt this presidency. What I object, and I think what many others do as well, is the grandstanding and the almost joy in the fact this was happening. If they worked HALF this hard on stories like Iran, the Iraq War, job growth—stuff that is important, maybe something could get done. But the media is in full destroy-Bush mode. They don’t like him, they never have. They are angry he won in 2004 because they were sure he had no chance. But he did win, and he took down both Dan Rather and exit polling at the same time. Instead of calmly and deliberately reporting the story, asking questions in a tough but respectful way, clowns like David Gregory and Dana Milbank are what they are—typical insider DC liberals. They presume to know what the folks want, they tell them, "This is important because we say it is!" They are angry by their own growing irrelevance, the fact that we don’t need them any more, and neither does the White House. I can go to FoxNews.com, CNN.com, Newsmax.com, and all the blogs to get my news. If I want something instantly, I go to cable news. I don’t have to, nor wish to, wait until the following morning to read some hack Bush-hating journalist like Dana Milbank to get my news.
I lose sleep over Iran getting a nuclear weapon and giving it to al Qaeda, not Dick Cheney accidentally shooting a friend in a hunting accident. In the end, the sound and the fury blowing from the hallowed halls of the liberal intelligencia signifies absolutely nothing.