February 16, 2006

THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO GHOULISH SPECTACLE:

Spoiled brat media (Thomas Sowell, 2/16/06, Townhall.com)

The first revolt of the American colonists against their British rulers was immortalized by Ralph Waldo Emerson as "the shot heard round the world." Vice President Dick Cheney's hunting accident has now become the shot heard round the Beltway.

The accidental shooting of Harry Whittington, while he was on a hunting trip with Dick Cheney, has nothing to do with government policy or the Vice President's official duties but the mainstream media have gone ballistic over it nevertheless.

They are also angry that the news was not given to them more quickly, which prevented it from becoming the feeding frenzy of the Sunday television talk shows. Whether this delay was deliberate or otherwise, it is being called a "cover-up" in the media, as if there were some crime to cover up.

NBC White House correspondent David Gregory was shouting at White House press secretary Scott McClellan, as if Mr. Gregory's Constitutional rights were being violated. It was a classic example of a special interest demanding special privileges -- as if they were rights.

There is nothing in the Constitution or the laws that says that the media have a right to be in the White House at all, much less to have press conferences.

As Dr. Sowell implies at his column's end, one gets the feeling that the Beltway media is secretly rooting for Whittington's death.

Posted by Matt Murphy at February 16, 2006 10:26 AM
Comments

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department issued a statement today saying Vice President Cheney
broke no law by shooting a lawyer instead of a quail over the weekend.

Posted by: Genecis at February 16, 2006 11:25 AM

"the Beltway media is secretly rooting for Whittington's death" But then Cheney would have to resign. A non-tainted VP would be the natural front runner in 2008. The MSM should be careful of what they rooted for.

Posted by: ic at February 16, 2006 12:32 PM

A non-tainted VP would be the natural front runner in 2008.

. . . as Al Gore would have been in 2000, after Bill Clinton's resignation. Bet it galls him to realize that, too.

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 16, 2006 12:43 PM

It's astonishing that Sowell got through this entire column without mentioning the single most egregious example of media behavior.

Namely, to indignantly and agressivly demand info based on "the public's right to know" a mere DAYS, no less, after refusing to the tune of about 95% to print those horrible, awful, wah wah wah, cartoons. You know, the ones at the center of what will definitely be seen as one of the top ten, if not top five, stories of global significance of 2006?

THESE are the guys petulantly whining and stomping their feet?

Puh-leeze.

Posted by: Andrew X at February 16, 2006 2:22 PM

Folks like Gregory would want him alive, if they knew he would be embittered towards the vice president, or would spill the beans that Cheney's hunting party had finished off a keg or two just before they picked up their rifles.

Posted by: John at February 16, 2006 3:42 PM

Shotguns.

Posted by: joe shropshire at February 16, 2006 3:46 PM

Oh, Joe, I think ridicule's sufficient to deal with Gregory.

Posted by: David Cohen at February 16, 2006 3:59 PM

Mike:

Or as perhaps Al Gore would have been as an ex-VP if he had resigned himself.

Posted by: Rick T. at February 16, 2006 4:34 PM
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