Cheney's Big Moment
The media are going to try to keep this story afloat, but really it's more comical than anything else. So I can't get upset over the Dana Milbank incident
on Keith Olbermann. He was making light of a silly story; more power to him.
If only some of the press corps gaggle had the sense to approach the story in the same way. Did anybody catch the "What did the president know and when did he know it?" question? The old observation that history repeats itself--the first time as tragedy and the second time as farce--was never more apt.
In keeping with the humorous nature of the incident, here are
the late night comedians' jokes. Best one:"After he shot the guy, he screamed, 'Anyone else want to call domestic wire tapping illegal?' "
Kurtz compares the stories
on the last two veeps, but includes this clunker:I was looking forward to Bill O'Reilly's take, but his lead was: "Did Al Gore Go Too Far?" (In fairness, Gore charged in Saudi Arabia that Arabs in the U.S. are being mistreated and would not provide specifics to the Factor.) O'Reilly did give the veep's misfire a couple of sentences--as "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day." Hannity & Colmes led with Gore too, with Colmes offering this ringing defense: "It's not like he shot anybody."
Of course, to most of us, the Gore speech was more newsworthy than the Cheney shooting incident.