Turnabout on Cheney
It seems that the Cheney shooting story is going to remain in the news, per Drudge. The media has decided to keep it in. But their reasons for keeping it in are positively hilarious, showing that they really have no clue as to the glaring irony of the situation in which they find themselves.
Dana Milbank of the Washington Post complains that this story has been used by the Administration to make the press look awful. He also states that they've been made to look awful before. Likewise, Bill Plante of CBS cites the same problem but goes even deeper:
The vice president and the White House have both used the constant pressA wedge between who? The public and the press they so adore? And why would the Administration waste its efforts preaching to the anti-media choir? And what was it that really happened?
coverage of this story as a wedge. [snip] It plays to the prejudices of the
people who are predisposed not to like us, and it's one way to distract
attention from what happened.
This is little more than an apoplectic media, upset that the Administration had a little fun at their expense, doing to the medis-left what it has been doing to the Administration for over five years. Turnabout is fair play.
But continuing to run this story isn't--for the media. The public doesn't care. And now the very correct appearance, that the media has a personal ax to grind with the President and Vice President is becoming more clear than the media really need it to be. And it now promises to be just a bit embarassing if they keep it up.
I hope they play it up at increasingly shrill pitches all week.