National press acting like 2-year oldsThe national media is throwing a fit similar to what a 2-year old throws when candy is taken away. The mega-press had its lollipop removed and given to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times instead. I refer to the decision by the Vice President to reveal to the local Texas press the details of the unfortunate shooting accident in which he accidentally shot a friend with birdshot-before he revealed any of it to the national media.
This has caused the national press to declare that Cheney did not reveal the incident to the press in a timely manner, that he tried to cover it up, and that his entire career has been one in which he has attempted to keep secrets from the American people. Even Peggy Noonan a la The Wall Street Journal has gotten in on the act, discussing how terrible it was to keep this from the press, and even floats the notion that some in the Bush White House might consider replacing Cheney.
Cheney, through intermediaries, did reveal all to the press, just not to the Times or to Dow Jones, Inc., or the major TV networks. Instead, it was a little paper in Corpus Christi, Texas that will go down in history as being the news outlet that revealed this tragedy to the world. That is what has the press all upset-in the dark cloud of tragedy, the Vice President gave the story to the little man instead of the big media moguls, and it is eating them alive.
The national press is acting like it is the baby the candy was taken from.