Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Apology to Whittington

My voice joined the chorus on Sunday making light of Mr. Whittington's injuries. I used the news to make fun of some of the tendencies of the right wing, the left wing, and the media, without paying much attention to the fact that the guy was still in the Intensive Care Unit.

My judgment fell victim to the right wing spin machine and its accomplices in the corporate media. Even though he was hospitalized, we were told just got sprayed, and that he was alert and talking. The corporate media repeated that he got "sprayed" or "peppered", and implied it was his own fault (which those of us who have ever learned anything gun safety knew was a ludicrous lie).

Yesterday, one of the pellets triggered a heart attack. This was no spraying or peppering - this guy had lead penetrate through his clothes and into his chest cavity. Our vice president was saved from a negligent homicide charge only because millionaire republican lawyers get superb health care.

I am sincerely sorry for believing the White House spin machine and the corporate media as they minimized the seriousness of what happened. I promise never to give this administration the benefit of the doubt - whether they're minimizing the financial impact of tax breaks, whether they're minimizing the scope of their super-secret domestic spying program, or whether they're minimizing the importance of outing a CIA agent. The White House has squandered its credibility, and the stenographic journalists have damaged their own.

It turns out that getting shot in the face is not funny - it's life-threatening. That's why the White House delayed releasing the information as long as they could - they needed to get the beer out of Cheney's system and off his breath before he spoke to anyone.

8 Comments:

Blogger emawkc said...

Dan, if you're trying to imply that Cheney was drunk, check your link again. The quote that was taken out says that Amstrong said she believed no one was drinking, although beer may have been available at an earlier picnic lunch.
My further response is here.

2/15/2006 11:04 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Emaw - please reread the segment on credibility. Armstrong has none - the fact that she - an amoral, over-privileged Cheney suck-up who tried to blame the guy who got shot - admitted there was some beer suggests to me that Cheney beerbonged at least a 12 pack.

2/16/2006 12:43 PM  
Blogger emawkc said...

So you're criticizing journalists for deleting a quote from a source that you say is not credible.

2/16/2006 12:56 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

No, more for deleting evidence that Cheney was drinking. The fact that it came from someone who has a tendency to portray things in the most republican manner possible only adds to its interest.

2/16/2006 1:58 PM  
Blogger emawkc said...

How can a quote from a non-credible source be considered evidence? I'm no lawyer, but I would think it would be hearsay at best.

2/16/2006 3:44 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

We're not talking about a trial, so the legal definitions of evidence, and the various rules concerning its admissibility, don't apply.

2/16/2006 4:39 PM  
Blogger contratimes said...

Well, if rules and evidence don't apply here, what does?

BG

2/16/2006 8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you find it? Interesting read »

3/16/2007 2:24 PM  

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