Monday, February 13, 2006

Cheney's got a gun

Okay, it's kinda funny that Dick Cheney tried to shoot a quail and shot another hunter instead. Not so funny if you're the guy who got shot, of course.

And then a little game of "blame the victim." Nice.

And it seems pretty clear that if the owner of the property hadn't leaked the story to a local reporter, then we would never have heard of it.

Yup. Nice again.

Perhaps sensing that they were once again played with by the WH, NBC News reporter David Gregory got a little testy with WH Monkey Boy McClellan this morning:

“David, hold on… the cameras aren't on right now,'' McClellan replied. "You can do this later.''

"Don't accuse me of trying to pose to the cameras,'' the newsman said, his voice rising somewhat. "Don’t be a jerk to me personally when I’m asking you a serious question.''

"You don't have to yell,'' McClellan said.

"I will yell,'' said Gregory, pointing a finger at McCellan at his dais. "If you want to use that podium to try to take shots at me personally, which I don’t appreciate, then I will raise my voice, because that’s wrong.’’

‘’Calm down, Dave, calm down,'' said McClellan, remaining calm throughout the exchange.

"I'll calm down when I feel like calming down,'' Greogry said. "You answer the question.'

"I have answered the question,'' said McClellan, who had maintained that the vice president's office was in charge of getting the information out and worked with the ranch owner to do that. "I'm sorry you're getting all riled up about.''

"I am riled up,'' Gregory said, "because you’re not answering the question,''
McClellan insisted he understood that reporters deserve an answer.

"I think you have legitimate questions to ask,'' the press secretary said. "The vice president’s office was the one that took the lead to get this information out… I don’t know what else to tell you... That's my answer.''

(via HuffPost)


Melissa said...

You'll probably hate this comment, but, oh well. Honestly, I don't give a fuck that Cheney accidentally shot some hunting buddy. That shit happens all the time and I'm supposed to care today because he's the VP? Being VP doesn't make you immune to accidents. And who the fuck cares if they didn't want to tell anyone? Would you want the whole country to know if YOU accidentally shot someone? I think there are a lot more things that we could be focusing on here.

Spooney said...

Melissa's got a point there, everyone is blowing this thing way out of proportion. I guess because it's pretty funny. What I'm really looking forward to is Weird Al's "Cheney's Got a Gun Video"
I'm sure It'll be a hoot!

vikkitikkitavi said...

Yeah, I hesitated even posting on the story at all, especially because it was fucking everywhere.

But I do think it's interesting that it seems pretty clear that they were just going to sweep it under the rug if the story didn't get out.

RandyLuvsPaiste said...


It's newsworthy and funny because Cheney is so haughty and acts like he's beyond question. Also- Bells On has a huge vegetarian audience (including yours truly). Just as most Republicans feel little sympathy for gang members who get shot "doing things they shouldn't be doing", many people feel the same way about hunters.
BTW-Rob Corddry did a bust-your-gut funny segment on The Daily Show about this. Can't wait for the video to get around.

Melissa said...

I never said I had any sympathy for the man who was shot. I'm a vegetarian, too, and have been for 1/2 of my life. I'm simply saying that I don't care that Cheney accidentally shot someone and I think there are bigger things to worry about.

vikkitikkitavi said...

I agree actually, that too much is being made of this. It was an accident, clearly, however ill-advised the whole shooting-pen-raised-quail-you-could-clearly-afford-to-buy-if-you-want-to-eat-quail episode was.

But it does Democrats no good to look like ambulance chasers. Although I still think that what is the legitimate story here is that BushCo attempted to kill the story, and so they deserve to have it blow up in their faces.

RandyLuvsPaiste said...

If ya ask me, Harry Whittington is a big pussy. C'mon...everybody gets peppered.