Sunday, February 19, 2006

New White House Press Secretary: Jon Stewart

After the Cheney feeding frenzy, I'd like to see the White House hire The Daily Show's John Stewart (or someone like him) to give press briefings. No more pandering. Put'em in their place.

Being a member of a White House press corps is one of journalism's top jobs. Here are only some of the most inane questions actually asked by the White House press corps after the accident (see the full transcript here):
Q But let's just be clear here. The Vice President of the United States accidentally shoots a man and he feels that it's appropriate for a ranch owner who witnessed this to tell the local Corpus Christi newspaper, and not the White House press corps at large, or notify the public in a national way?

Q Right, that's a distinction without a difference, really. I mean, we have Blackberries --

Q What time on Sunday morning did you learn that Vice President Dick Cheney was the shooter? Do you have any -- was it 6:00 a.m., 5:00 a.m.? Can you give me at least just some sort of sense of how early --

Q You've got to clarify this timeline . . . it just doesn't make any sense. When did the President know that the Vice President was the shooter? What time? The Vice President did not call the President to tell him he was the shooter?

Q Wait, wait, hold on. Human beings are not normally this inefficient. I mean, was the Vice President immediately clear that he had accidentally shot his friend, or not? Or did that information become available later? You make it seem like there's all this information that had to develop.

Q Is it proper for the Vice President to offer his resignation or has he offered his resignation --

Q Scott, when you consider the chronology you're trying to go through here, and all of the various wrinkles of how long it took for the primary information that the Vice President was the person who shot this fellow to get through to the President, himself, is there any notion here of reviewing your own communications apparatus? I mean, this is sort of reminiscent of the levee story, frankly, you know?

Q Scott, under Texas law, is this kind of accidental shooting a possible criminal offense?

Q Scott, would this be much more serious if the man had died? Would that change the --

Q Do you think that it's such -- if the Deputy Chief of Staff told him sometime in the eight p.m. hour, told the President that it was Cheney that had pulled the trigger, who made the decision not to inform us and, specifically, not to inform you until, like, 6:00 a.m. the next morning?

Q Was there any consideration, to your knowledge, that the information should be delayed in order to avoid it becoming red meat on the Sunday talk shows on Sunday?


Blogger Garry Wilmore said...

This was an unfortunate event, but I do think there are more important things going on in the world at the moment, and I agree with you that some of these questions were pretty inane. Now, if Cheney had challenged the man to a duel, a la Aaron Burr, and then shot him, we'd be talking about something completely different.

BTW, please excuse my ignorance, but what exactly is a blackberry?

3:58 PM  
Blogger Barney said...

I agree about more newsworthy events this week, and posted a link to Mark Steyn on the same topic over at OB.

A Blackberry is a text-messaging cell phone device.

5:44 PM  

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