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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

It's All About Them

Have you heard the news? Vice-President Cheney waited 24 hours before informing the national media. STOP THE PRESSES!!

On Saturday afternoon Vice-President Cheney accidentally peppered a friend with birdshot while hunting quail. Sunday morning the incident was reported to the local paper, The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Several hours later, the national media picked up the story – and reported another.

According to the national media, the most newsworthy story about Cheney's hunting accident was that he dissed the Beltway Press Corps.

Never mind the details about the accident, the only news they saw fit to air was that they were not informed in a timely manner. Instead, the Vice-President gave the “scoop” to a local paper. The Beltway Press Corps hates it when a small town paper gets the scoop.

The reporters in Washington were upset that they weren't handed a ready-to-print story. Whatever happened to the days when Washington reporters actually did their own reporting?

For the benefit of lazy reporters everywhere, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times has the scoop. Check out their time line graph and the report from the Kennedy County Sheriff's Office.

We learn that the accident took place at 5:30 PM Saturday. The local sheriff was informed shortly afterwards. The victim, Harry Whittington, was transported to a hospital at 6:30 then airlifted to another at 8:15. At 8:00 AM Sunday morning Katherine Armstrong, Cheney's host, attempted to reach a reporter at the Caller-Times. She succeeds at 11:00.

So what's the big deal about a 14 hour delay? Clearly, the first order of business was getting medical help for Mr. Whittington and contacting the local authorities. Likely, they also contacted Whittington's family. The media could wait until Sunday morning. Perhaps the Whittington family would have preferred more than 14 hours before got the media involved.

Despite the reporting at The Caller-Times, much of the speculation in the national media has been wrong. It was 14 hours, not 24. The police were contacted “shortly after the incident”, not the next day. The local sheriff concluded that alcohol was not involved. More importantly, there was no need for the national media to speculate. All they had to do was check out the Caller-Times web site – to do a little homework.

But, because they didn't look they didn't see. What else haven't they looked for?

There is ample evidence that Saddam did have ties to Al Qeada, but the media refuses to look for it.

There is ample evidence that we are winning in Iraq, but the media refuses to see it.

Has the Woodward-Bernstien got-to-get-the-story press reduced itself to a see-no-truth, hear-no-truth, tell-no-truth press?


Blogger Right Hook said...

Addressing your final question:


2/16/2006 7:03 AM  

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