Before I read anymore headlines about the Cheney hunting accident--that is before I become brainwashed into thinking that this event is indeed a major news story, much less a major political story, I have to state my own view. A hunting accident occurred. No one has yet died. Apparently, the victim may recover. No one knows at this point, especially given the fact that the victim is in his late seventies and has had a mild heart attack. Where is the scandal? Where is the political significance? There is no scandal, just a sad tragedy between friends. There is absolutely no political significance except for the fact that the media have arbitrarily made this the top political story of the current news cycle.
What does this absurd seizing on a hunting accident tell us about the liberal media? (While cable channel surfing, I got to see the insufferable Chris Matthews of MSNBC hyperventilating about the incident--that scene is confirmation enough of the story's absurdity!) Here is what I think this tempest in a political teapot tells us:
1. The liberal media are just dressed up tabloids;
2. The journalists that work the liberal media are supremely superficial;
3. The liberals have no serious political or social agenda to offer to the nation, other than celebrating abortion, abundant contraception for teenagers and everyone else, and sodomy.
The liberal media lack what Cheney has always had in abundance: gravitas. But gravitas comes from knowing something worth knowing. What this latest newscycle shows is that the liberal media know and wish to know nothing worthwhile. Turn off the cable channel. Go to a blog. Even better, read a book! (A good blog may even recommend a book!)