Does anyone else seem a little bit alarmed that the man who is a 'heartbeat away from the presidency' just took a potshot at a 78-year-old lawyer? I found some tidbits from CNN’s article about VP Cheney's little mishap with Harry Whittington to be another shining example of the hubris of this administration. Let's look at a few of the contradictions right in this little ol' article from the Most Trusted Name in News:
Point: Sounds like he's lucky to be alive!
- "Whittington was being moved out of intensive care Monday at a hospital in Corpus Christi, officials at the facility said."
- "[Whittington] … was hit with birdshot in the face, neck and upper torso."
- "Whittington was about 30 yards from Cheney when the vice president fired."
- "Whittington was hit by 'many, many' pellets."
- "Whittington was making good progress but was likely to remain hospitalized for another few days."
- "But it's also important to make sure that the first priority is focused where it should be, and that is making sure that Mr. Whittington has the care that he needs."
Counterpoint: What are a few pellets among friends?
- "'[T]he wounds were superficial* at best,' and many of the pellets would be left inside Whittington's body."
- "The nature of quail shooting ensures that this will happen. It goes with the turf."
*Note: Here’s how Merriam-Webster defines superficial: 1 a (1) : of or relating to a surface (2) : lying on, not penetrating below, or affecting only the surface
Informing the Public
Point: The public must know.
- "'It's important, always, to work to make sure you get information out like this as quickly as possible,' McClellan said."
Counterpoint: What’s 22 hours when a man’s life is hanging in the balance?
- "Armstrong said no one discussed telling the public until Sunday morning, when she and her mother …raised the matter with Cheney." (That’s a proactive citizenry for you!)
- "McClellan said Cheney agreed that his friend Katharine Armstrong, who saw the incident, should be the one to tell the newspaper." (Why leave it to the professionals when they’re so incompetent!)
- "Asked whether it was appropriate 'for a private citizen to be the person to disseminate the information that the vice president of the United States has shot someone,' McClellan said, 'That's one way to provide information to the public.'” (So much for controlling the message, eh Scotty?)
- "McClellan said he was not aware that Cheney had shot someone until about 6 a.m. Sunday."
Since Katharine Armstrong is apparently our administration’s strongest communication asset, I particularly loved this quote from her: "I would shoot with Dick Cheney everywhere, anywhere, and not think twice about it," she said.
I particularly loved her carefully chosen words "everywhere" and "anywhere." No wonder she had the honor of breaking the story to the press...