Earlier today while watching FoxNews, I heard Eleanor Clift describe the Vice President’s delay in contacting the media after his hunting mishap this weekend as a “defining moment” for him. Ms. Clift did get something right. This story is a defining moment, but not for the Vice President, as she claims. It is instead a defining moment for the mainstream media.
On Hugh Hewitt’s blog, Mary Katharine Ham describes the press reaction as “Making a Bazooka Outta Some Birdshot.” On Valentine’s Day on Fox, National Review’s Kate O’Beirne said this was another example of the conspiracy mind-set of the MSM.
MSM mavens claim this is yet another sign of this secretive Administration, yet have yet to make a serious suggestion of what the Vice President might be covering up. They don’t seem to be satisfied that the local sheriff’s office “closed its investigation” of the matter, issuing a “report that supports Cheney’s account of the weekend accident.” Kenedy County’s sheriff, Ramon Salinas, III, is, by the way, a Democrat.
This hasn’t stopped other Democrats — and their allies in the MSM — from seeing this as a sign of the Administration’s secrecy. Although she withheld documents from investigators and delayed turning over evidence to authorities, Hillary Clinton rants that this is just another disturbing sign of the administration’s refusal “to level with the American people on matters large and small” (via Michelle Malkin).
Despite Mrs. Clinton’s angry accusations, in his interview with Brit Hume on Fox News, the Vice President leveled with the American people, taking responsibility for his errors. After watching excerpts of the interview last night on Fox, I agree with Polipundit’s Lorie Byrd that his “explanation [is] quite understandable” even though I still think he should have gone to media earlier. He was concerned that the Harry Whittington’s family know that their relative had been shot before the accident had been made public and did not wanted to go public until medical personnel had an accurate picture of Whittington’s condition.
Watching the Vice President and listening to his words, I can better understand one of the reasons he offered for his delay in contacting the media. My Dad’s wife wondered about Cheney’s personal trauma, that is, what he went through as he realized that his own error may have cost a friend his life. Naturally, in such a state, he would want to have better knowledge of his friend’s condition before going public. Indeed, the Vice President acknowledged as much in his interview, notably his comment that he will never be able forget the image of Whittington falling. It was, he said, “one of the worst days of my life.”
Like the president, I could tell that the Vice President had been “profoundly affected” by his mishap. Far from being secretive, he was being human. That the MSM has dwelled on this, as if there were a cover-up, is another sign of the MSM’s prejudices towards Republicans in general and this Administration in particular. They see scandal in every mishap or policy difference and cover-up in every failure to treat the Washington press corps precisely as these reporters expect to be treated.
The MSM’s reaction to the Vice President’s hunting mishap — and his delay in contacting the media — is indeed a defining moment for them. In his latest post, Nick noted out of touch the media are with reality. And once again we see how suspect they remain of the Bush Administration and the GOP — no matter how slight the evidence.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com
UPDATE: In an excellent post which I ***HIGHLY*** recommend, D.J. Drummond observes, “Simply by being who he is, the Vice-President has once again revealed the dirty laundry which is the MSM’s daily wardrobe.” Exactly.