Carol Platt Liebau: The MSM's "Fantasy Island"

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The MSM's "Fantasy Island"

Anyone remember the silly '70's show Fantasy Island? From time to time, at the show's outset, Ricardo Montalban would say portentiously to his sidekick, "Perhaps, Tattoo, things will not work out quite as [the character at issue] suspects"?

That's precisely the position the MSM finds itself in with regard to the Cheney/birdshot incident, as Hugh Hewitt points out. It's unlikely that the incident is going to unfold in accordance with the agenda and wishes of David Gregory and the rest of his ilk (whatever happened to the old journalistic tradition of the press not becoming part of the story, anyway?).

8 Comments:

Blogger HouseOfSin said...

Carol - You and other conservatives brilliantly demonstrated ideological independence from this administration when Harriet Miers was nominated. Bravo on your resolve and your position.

I see no such independence here. The veep was in the wrong. He should be humble and forthcoming. Till that happens, excuse-making by others (including me, still reasonably pro-Cheney) sounds lame.

As to the media: Does anyone not remember those poor miners who were reported dead after they were reported to be alive? Litigation might still come out of that.

The lesson for any elected official (who didn't already know): Don't release any statement until you personally know for a fact that it's a fact. The "debate" over whether he delayed between Saturday and Sunday is nothing compared with the holy hell he'd face if he released information that later turned out to be wrong.

When the veep speaks, we have to be able to believe it's true. That means that he should be forthcoming but it also means that the MSM should understand that delays happen.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

house -- VP Cheney has now spoken publicly about the incident and accepted full responsibility. Wittington has recovered to the point that he is doing work in his hospital room. Can we let the story go now?

12:19 PM  
Blogger HouseOfSin said...

Wow - the veep sure did. About 10 minutes after I posted. And he was also unapologetic about the media. Almost as if . . . as if . . . Carol your blog is like magic!

What needs to happen tonight is for me to win the Powerball. While Salma Hayek comes to visit.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Salma Hayek!

Good choice, House.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

Ahhh, but he appeared on the wrong Network! So, like that proverbail tree that fell in the forest when no one was around, did Mr. Cheney actually accept responsibility? Non-inquiring minds don't want to know. Ya know?

6:36 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

"This story is a very big deal, despite all the mitigating factors -- the accident involved a friend, his medical team was right there to help, and all that. Something like this has never happened before, and it is a genuinely disturbing thing to think that the vice president of the United States actually shot somebody last weekend, even for fans of his. It's disturbing as well that there was a news blackout that lasted nearly a day about this serious incident." -- John Podhoretz [Cite]

Oh that liberal media--bemoaning a "news blackout". Why is the National Review trying to make itself part of the story?

10:13 PM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

It is news for sure. And I've said all along it was a mistake to wait.

The MSM is now writing all the rest of the story the way they wish it to be. In fact, it sure seems that many of them are hoping that poor Mr. Wittington dies. And Chris Matthews has cristened himself a heart surgeon!

But, wouldn't it be cool when Osama bin Laden is captured or killed that the military or whomever releases the initial press statement to some little newspaper like in Grand Junction, Colorado or somewhere like that? Should just become the Republican standard...at least maybe FoxNews 1st!

8:43 AM  
Blogger suek said...

>> Non-inquiring minds don't want to know.>>

Supposedly Brit Hume was asked why Cheney interviewed with Fox as opposed to those "others" and he replied that Cheney wanted the news channel with the largest audience....! True? I don't know...
It's also said by someone that the interview or snippets thereof were offered to the "other" networks, but so far, there's been no interest in actual clips of the interview.
Interesting...

10:25 AM  

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