I know I have been writing about the VP’s hunting accident and the media coverage a lot lately. I honestly don’t care that much about the story, but I find the media’s reaction to this hilarious. Take some of the questions/statements and the Monday press briefing.
A reporter “asked”:
But let’s just be clear here. The Vice President of the United States accidentally shoots a man and he feels that it’s appropriate for a ranch owner who witnessed this to tell the local Corpus Christi newspaper, and not the White House press corps at large, or notify the public in a national way.
Translation: Why weren’t we told Scott! We are the White House press corps. We should not be scooped by some podunk Texas paper. We have feelings, too! Please, justify our existence!
White House press secretary Scott McClellan tries to answer the guy’s cry for help. McClellan tries to reassure him that it was no slight of him personally. There was no traveling press corp with the Vice President. Letting the Corpus Christi paper release the news to the wire was simply the easiest and most reliable way to get the correct information out to the press and the public.
The reporter responds:
Right, that’s a distinction without a difference, really. I mean, we have Blackberries —
Translation: That requires no translation. Yes, a reporter actually told the White House press secretary “I mean, we have Blackberries.” I think it may have been left off the transcript, but I can almost bet there was a “Duh!” after that.
The reporters then begin to harrass McClellan for not releasing the information himself (to them) and for allowing the Vice President to release the information through the owner of the ranch, an eyewitness of the event. They ask the same question over and over again. Which was essentially:
But were you aware they were just going to allow a private citizen to inform a local paper of this, and not beyond that? Did you not have a suggestion on how to inform the public?
Translation: In the press’ whole diatribe you can simply take out the word “public” and substitute “us, the elite press” and it will be so much easier to understand.
The reporters then bager McClellan about what time he was woken up, who woke him, what he had for breakfast (okay I made that one up), etc. They ask several times if Cheney has taken a hunting safety course. Then a reporter named Connie asked:
Is it proper for the Vice President to offer his resignation or has he offered his resignation
Translation: Please make him retire, Scott. We asked nicely. We need a scandal!
Another reporter tries to connect this to Hurricane Katrina and insinuate the White House sits on damaging information. Connie then continues to illustrate her vast j-school sponsored ignorance. First, she asked:
Scott, under Texas law, is this kind of accidental shooting a possible criminal offense?
With the follow-up of:
Scott, would this be much more serious if the man had died? Would that change the —
Translation: Connie is an absolute moron. How do answer some idiotic question like that? How do you respond to an “impartial” journalist that ask if the Vice President should resign, then asks if he could be charged with a crime and if it might be more serious if someone dies?
In this whole sad exchange the press continues to press McClellan about why they weren’t told sooner. He continually tells them that the health concerns of the victim were the priority and that all the information had to be gathered before any could be released to the press.
Every time McClellan brought up the victim, the press essentially said, “Yeah, but you know we, I mean the public, is the real victim because we had to wait over a day for this story. We have rights you know. We might as well be locked up in Abu Ghraib ourselves – look at the treatment we get.”
I can laught at this because I don’t have to face this lunacy everday. Scott McClellan must hate waking up everyday. If I had to listen to idiotic questions like that, I know I would.