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February 13, 2006
Cheney Shoots Attorney, Reporter Gets Brain Damage

Unlike many of my friends on the starboard side of the blogosphere, I enjoy Dana Milbank's contributions at the Washington Post. In his non-reportorial mode, his snarky and fun analyses often brighten up some dreary topics. Unfortunately, his snarky writing often finds its way into his news reporting as well, and his biases shine through just about everything he writes.

Today's contribution to the MS-NBC show Countdown with the dreadfully egotistical Keith Olbermann brings Milbank to a new nadir in his career, however (via Michelle Malkin):


No, this isn't a tryout for America's Worst-Dressed Nerds; it's Milbank trying to be funny and only succeeding at being funny-looking. Since when do serious journalists pull stunts like this? Heck, most bloggers I know wouldn't be dumb enough to dress like this on national TV even as a joke, not if they wanted to maintain any credibility.

Memo to the Exempt Media: it was an accident. Report it and get over it, and then shut the hell up so that we can listen to the real comedians make fun of Dick Cheney. Anyone want to guess how much higher the ratings for Jay and Dave will be tonight?

And while we're at it, can we all just calm down about the White House waiting all of eighteen hours to release the news of the shooting? When the shooting occurred, I for one am glad that the first thought through Cheney's mind wasn't "Gee, how soon do I need to put out a news release?" I understand that the White House press pool feels put out because the story got covered by a local Corpus Christi newspaper instead of the courtiers in DC, but all this fuss over eighteen hours is sheer silliness. It's not a cover-up, people. It's not even a crime to have a hunting accident, and it's certainly not a crime not to report it to the Exempt Media, no matter how mad it makes them.

Besides, while they're whining about eighteen hours, the same media outlets who stand outraged at the blackout have spent the last ten days hiding the Prophet cartoons from their readers and viewers. I'm less than impressed with their whining about the public's right to know about a hunting accident under the circumstances.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at February 13, 2006 9:26 PM

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