MSM plans another week of Cheney shooting coverage

Posted by: ST on February 19, 2006 at 8:16 pm

As if we hadn’t seen enough already, the latest manufactured-on-the-part-of-the-MSM ‘scandal’ will be given at least another week of scrutiny and coverage. Via Drudge:

This just in… Both TIME and NEWSWEEK are planning high impact covers of Cheney for newsstands starting tomorrow, with each magazine rolling out top staff bylines and thousands of words on the hunting incident: TIME: With deep reporting by John Cloud, Mike Allen and Matthew Cooper/ Washington, Cathy Booth Thomas and Patricia Kilday Hart/ Austin, and Hilary Hylton. NEWSWEEK urgently brings in its big investigative guns: Evan Thomas, Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman, Richard Wolffe, Holly Bailey, Mark Hosenball and Eleanor Clift in Washington and Carol Rust in Texas.

NEWSWEEK’s Jonathan Alter essays that media budget cuts and shifting news priorities have contributed to the public being in the dark about Cheney’s ways and means.


NEWSWEEK editor Mark Whitaker defends his decision to push for another week of Cheney-Shooting coverage: “The reason we ultimately decided to stick with a cover is not because of the hunting incident itself-although we did turn up some new details that you might not have read elsewhere-but because of what it says about the mysterious world of the most powerful vice president of recent times.”


On CNN’s RELIABLE SOURCES, WASHINGTON POST reporter Dana Milbank fretted that the White House is exploiting the public’s growing disdain for the mainstream media. “Of course they succeed” Milbank said of Bush aides. “The press always looks awful. They will once again make us look awful.”

CNN’s Candy Crowley added: “The perception is that we’re whining.”

Memo to Milbank and Crowley: “they” won’t have to “make” you look awful, nor is there any “perception” that you’re whining. You ARE, in fact, whining, and you make yourselves look awful all on your own – you don’t need the administration’s help on that.

Gen. Honore’s “stuck on stupid” comment towards the media seems very fitting here.

Read more commentary on the media’s over-the-top coverage of this story via Michelle Malkin, Will Collier at Vodkapundit (who notes a story that SHOULD have been on the front pages – and often – recently but, of course, wasn’t), Brutally Honest is on the same page as Collier regarding more important stories, Ed Driscoll, Macsmind, BizzyBlog, Anchoress, PunditGuy, QandO, Betsy Newmark, Blogs For Bush

More: Mary Matalin, on Meet The Press this morning with NBC’s David Gregory and the NYT’s Maureen ‘are men necessary?’ Dowd, accused the press of going “on a jihad” regarding this story. See the video here.

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    1. Mwalimu Daudi says:

      On CNN’s RELIABLE SOURCES, WASHINGTON POST reporter Dana Milbank fretted that the White House is exploiting the public’s growing disdain for the mainstream media. “Of course they succeed” Milbank said of Bush aides. “The press always looks awful. They will once again make us look awful.”

      Actually, Dana Milbank and the rest of the MSM have the market cornered on self-inflicted wounds.

      “As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” (Prov. 26:11)

    2. forest hunter says:

      The closing words in News Weak by the alleged editor Marked Whitless- “…..mysterious world of the most powerful vice president…..”, says a great deal about the viral mindset of the infected alleged reporters. And don’t let those little factual details about the actual hunting incident get in the way of “reporting the story” or the facts from Mr. Whittington’s statements, for that matter. I understand it’s lonely out in space, but lead on oh ye spiraling towers of wonders and stories yet untold.

      One of the fun things I like to do in my class is give a message to one student and he in turn passes it on to the next student, until the 40th rendition is “reported”.

      Just keep hammerin’ away at the corpse you’re postured on and the choir will respond, really. Those maggots are there to help you with your open wounds.

    3. CavalierX says:

      Let me get this straight: so it’s the White House’s fault the Bush-hatin’ media looks like a bunch of whiny crybabies for spending a week screaming because they weren’t notified right away? Wow, that Karl Rove… he sure must be a genius.

    4. sanity says:


      Karl must have dressed Milbank up in little outfit to make him look rediculous.

      By the way foolish media types, if your going to do a mock parody of a hunter with orange caps and orange vests, take off the 3 piece suits cause it makes you look incredibly stupid.

    5. ArizonaTeach says:

      I honestly don’t get it. Do they WANT Vice President Rice? Do they WANT Vice President Guiliani? I never understood the desperation to “get” Cheney other than the left is desperate to “get” absolutely anybody who has an R next to their name.

      I will never, ever, ever understand them.

    6. fine dry wit says:

      Five minutes of Olympics, then two good movies. DVD killed the video stars.
      For those of you like Sister Toldjah too young to remember, the first song ever played on MTV was “Video Killed the Radio Stars”

    7. White house gaggle – David Gregory:

      “….Ok….anyone else want to run with this. We’ve milked it for all the “clown car” its worth….”

      Magazine media – Milbank (using welcome back Kotter accent):

      “….Oo! Oo! Me! Me!……”

      – Bang **==

    8. sanity says:

      CNN’s Candy Crowley added: “The perception is that we’re whining.”

      I am glad you see this perception, because it is striking how glaring OBVIOUS it seems to the public that you ARE whining.

      On CNN’s RELIABLE SOURCES, WASHINGTON POST reporter Dana Milbank fretted that the White House is exploiting the public’s growing disdain for the mainstream media. “Of course they succeed” Milbank said of Bush aides. “The press always looks awful. They will once again make us look awful.”

      Buddy, you don’t need any help in this.
      The President nor his Aides share in any blame in forcing you to put your own feet in your mouth. You did quite well on your own.

      On Meet the Press this morning, the roundtable that included Mary Matalin, David Gregory, Maureen Dowd, and Paul Gigot, discussed the importance, or lack of importance, of the Cheney hunting incident. David Gregory, the White House Press correspondent, apologized for the on and off camera fit he threw with Scott McCllelan, noting his wife made him do it. Matalin duked it out with both Gregory and Dowd at several points because the former noted the bias the press has towards this administration. Dowd kept trying to excuse that because they are so secretive, and David hid behind the “it’s my job” argument. Matalin, who finally got fed up with Gregory and the press hiding their bias, said that “you [the press] went on a jihad”. Thank you, somebody had to say it, and I am glad it was Mary Matalin.

      Yes, Yes they did Mary, and I am so glad you called them on it.
      See the video Here.

      You are trying to blame the administration for YOUR bad reporting?

      Isn’t that rich.

      Take some personal responsibility and realize that the MSM in the way it has been acting is completely out of touch with the main body of Americans.

      This has become such a YAWN issue.
      When Mr Whittington came out of the Hospital, all the theories of the tinfoil hat wearing Liberal Media were shot to hell.

      Blaming someone for YOUR follies will just make you look even more like the whiney, pathetic, little kids you seem to have degenerated into.

      If you try reporting the news in an unbiased manner your ratings might be better. But adding in some wanna-be SNL type tricks into your reporting just makes you look foolish and stupid.

      TIME headlines a poll: DICK CHENEY APPROVAL RATING 29%

      Did I miss something?
      Did Vice President Cheney announce he is running for President?

      What is with the Poll Numbers and do we really even care?

      Expose the Left could not have said it any better than this after reporting on Neal Gabler completely losing his mind:

      First it was Cheney was drunk, then it was Cheney is cheating on his wife with the ambassador to Switzerland, and now it’s he did it on purpose. Memo to the left, pick, choose, and stay with your conspiracy theories.

      By the way, for Neal Gablers losing his mind, see the video here.

      Where this moron (I must call him that, since the accusations he levels is so moronic – I wonder if Cheney can sue for slander?), goes on TV to say he thinks Cheney shot his friend ON PURPOSE. Yes, you heard me right. We have gone from Cheney being drunk, to cheatin gon his wife, to now shotting his friend ON PURPOSE.

      And the Media wonders why we have a hard time taking them seriously.

      Read what Expose the Left writes here:

      Ok that’s it, Neal Gabler is officially insane. On last night’s edition of FOX News Watch, the “media critic” basically accused Cheney of shooting his friend, Harry Whillington on purpose to distract the public from the Abu Ghraib story. No mention that it is the media who starts these brouhahas and no mention of the Al Gore story that was subsequently squashed because of this incident. Yes, it would make perfect political sense that Cheney would shoot a man on purpose. First it was Cheney was drunk, then it was Cheney is cheating on his wife with the ambassador to Switzerland, and now it’s he did it on purpose. Memo to the left, pick, choose, and stay with your conspiracy theories.

      Side note ST, hope you don’t mind, but will be adding this to mine also. After reading my reply thought to myself, hmmm, I should post that…lol.

    9. Lorica says:

      |-) what a bunch of losers I am amazed what this morons pass off as news. – Lorica

    10. Go for it, sanity – it’s your work of brilliance, afterall :)

    11. steve says:

      Cheney shooting a wealthy lobbyist while on a drunken sexcapade is irony on a cosmic level, you must admit. We’ll speak to the metaphor later. Peace

    12. PCD says:

      Steve, some Christian you AREN’T! You constantly bear false witness against others. You spout lies to make your points. Your commentary is particularly worthless because of your constant lying and false accusations.

    13. GBA says:


      I thought he was shooting for game birds. This was totally an accident.

      Publically it could have been handled a little better. But even if it was handled perfectly it would not have looked that different to the public.

      It’s an awful thing to shoot another hunter. A hunters worse nightmare. I feel for everyone who was there because this experience has undoubtably has changed all of their lives forever. I just hope the guy recovers fully. Not a huge Cheney fan here. But as a fellow hunter I must stand behind him and support him on this one. I pray that he can clear his conscience and get back to his the duties of his office.

    14. Cump says:

      There is SO much we do not know about this incident, and one has to wonder about the reasons for the cover-up…What brand of SHOES was the Vice President wearing? Huh? Was he wearing boxer shorts or briefs? Or, as one rumor has it, he wasn’t wearing underwear at ALL!!!! Did he floss his teeth before he went hunting? Did he kiss his wife goodbye, in the morning? If not, is she seeking divorce?

      WHERE are the serious investigative reporters that we once knew…there are no Woodwords or Burnsteins to ferret out these facts, and the public simply has to wait for the brave tabloids to fill in the spaces here.

    15. ArizonaTeach says:

      A drunken sexcapade? Jesus CHRIST, steve, we aren’t talking about the Kennedy Compound here.


    16. steve says:

      The metaphor: 1. Trigger happy. 2. Slow to respond. 3. Incompetent. and 4. Corrupt, greedy and cronyism. #4 is for all of the drunken lobbyists haunting with Cheney so they could get no bid contracts in Iraq. And today bush is selling our ports to the Arabs. The war on terror must be over. Peace

    17. forest hunter says:

      The incoherency class must’ve just let out. BANG

    18. forest hunter says:

      Steve FYI :This not the KOS. Why did you just post your resume here? Don’t you have to get back to your spelling class?

    19. steve says:

      Why does bush want to sell our ports to the Arabs? American ports belong in the hands of American companies. Peace

    20. sanity says:

      steve why are you trolling?

      what you just posted has absolutely NOTHING ot do with this discussion thread.

      And it has been refuted in another thread anyways.

      Nice try, troll right along.

    21. – So Steve. Since Halliburton is the only American company with port operations experience, if they took over you’d be cool with that, right?

      – Bang **==

    22. Rob says:

      As a gun owner, I was disgusted by Cheney’s pals and the White House “swiftboating” of Whittington.

      Cheney had it right. Ultimately, he pulled the trigger and ultimately it was his responsibility for shooting Whittington. To try to lay the blame on Whittington was disgusting.

      The entire cadre of hunters should have taken a hunting safety course instead of getting an age deferment. Thinking that “you’re too experienced” to need a refresher course is the very mindset that caused this to happen. If the statements of Cheney’s pals are to be believed, they shoot each other on a regular basis!

      Drinking alcohol before a hunt will get you banned in any sane hunting group. Cheney was not impaired. The alcohol didn’t cause the problem. But he still shouldn’t have done it.

      Cheney and friends meanaced our gun rights with this stunt. It gave ammo to the freaks that want to take away our guns.

      This is the sort of judgement we have running the country?

      The question shouldn’t be about the media. The focus should be the White House.

    23. forest hunter says:

      A little too much thinks I, Rob. Disgust noted. I felt bad for them both as it was an accident, nothing more. Does this mean you’ve never erred at anything?

      If you’ve been familiar with weaponry all your life, why would the common sense regarding “safety” not be as natural as breathing. We Americans are too quick to go on about safety issues. The stretch you make in that same paragraph is one hell of a stretch and a non-starter.

      As far as giving ammo to the knot heads for taking away gun rights, this is a drop in the middle of a rain storm. They don’t like rain period.

      But your last two statements have wandered too far left into the brush. Media frothin’ about their big non-starter story lacking in facts and relying on speculations is why they should be referred to as opinionists, not reporters. Meanwhile actual major stories like the UAE are ignored, in their zeal to bag the VP, instead of doing their day job. The focus as you say, ought to be on the facts not the white house. When they aren’t, you wander deeper into the sticks.

      Neither one of us know any of the people involved in the accident. We do know their is no depth that people in the press won’t stoop to, in order to dissuade from truths and for disillusion to become the missing facts.

      I’m glad you didn’t subscribe to the coverup group’s theory’s. That alone keeps you from the Nuts category and why I believe you to be a reasonable individual. Be careful when you jump to conclusions to soon.