Monday, February 13, 2006

In Defense of "Elmer Fudd" Cheney

The words above are rare for me, I know. My first reaction was shock, then bemusement about Cheney’s accidental shooting of his lawyer friend (I mean, Cheney just kind of LOOKS like Elmer Fudd, and the nightly talk shows are going to be hysterical).

However, at today’s White House Press Conference, the media attacked press secretary Scott McClellan because the information was first released through the private rancher on who’s land the incident occurred.

While I’m usually in favor of any reason to go after the corrupt and power-hungry Bush administration, in this case I think the media is making a mountain out of a wabbit hill---eer…molehill.

Though an interesting footnote in history that Cheney is only the second VP to shoot a man while in office (the first was Aaron Burr’s assassination of Alexander Hamilton in the infamous dual), this incident occurred in Cheney’s private time on private land; it was accidental, not criminal in any way. Just as I thought President Clinton’s sex life was none of our business, the same lapplies to Cheney’s private life; this accident is really none of our business.

There are very serious issues that face our country right now, including grave concerns about various activities undertaken by the present administration. Perhaps the media should focus on them instead of an unfortunate accident. It is past time for the media to act responsibly and report on issues that matter, instead of whatever real or created “scandal” will draw the most attention.

3 Comments:

Blogger Greg AKA Rhymes With Right said...

I'd agree with you about Clinton's sex life if he had not been having a sexual relationship with a subordinate in the workplace, and giving that employee preferential treatment because of that sexual relationship.

If your boss did that, it would be considered a violation of a number of federal laws related to sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and hostile work environment. He could not claim that this was a private matter that was not a matter for concern on the part of anyone else , be it the government, stockholders, employees, or customers. The EXACT SAME STANDARD should have applied to CLinton -- but you folks liked him too much to treat him the way the law called for him to be treated.

10:26 PM  
Blogger M. McKain said...

I'm not arguing that what Clinton did wasn't wrong and immoral; it was. It shouldn't have ever been drug out into the public; it was Republican sour grapes going after a man they couldn't defeat politically. The Cheney situation is obviously different in that regard; it is a true accident.

However, my points stands that they are similiar in that the media really should be focusing on more important matter.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Actually, the charges against Clinton were PERJURY and OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, after he lied to a grand jury. Get your facts straight.
As for the media and this story, we now know they were sitting on the US-UAE ports deal to play up the shooting accident.

4:58 PM  

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