Saturday, September 18, 2004

Fun With Dick

Desperately Seeking Dick Cheney
Rebecca Dixen, a St. Paul reference librarian and a Kerry supporter, said she had come to the fair hoping to get into the vice president's town hall event and ask him a question, unaware that it was by invitation only and there are never, ever any rude or discomfiting questions. "You can't even get in unless you already support him," she said. "I don't know what kind of democracy that is. To tell you the truth, it's a little bit disappointing."

I don't know what kind of democracy that is, either. Makes me wonder what we think we're imposing on Iraq.

It'd be nice if this piece were an indication that the press was starting to turn, to seriously question what it is that the Bush/Cheney administration is all about. It's not. It's a New York Times reporter bemoaning his lack of a seat on Air Force Two while engaging in some self-agrandizement for his nominally heroic attempts to still cover the campaign. If he ever does get a seat, he'll know not to bite the hand that fed it to him. No, he's not teaching them a lesson about how the press will persevere, no matter what. The administration is teaching other reporters a lesson about what fate awaits them if the Vice-President is displeased with their coverage.

Flying cross-country on a commercial aircraft.

In coach.

Oh God, the horror!

Although I'll give him this much credit, he does seem to know just how minimal his heroics are: "While we stood on the hot patio watching the Cheneys dispose of a cup of custard, a reporter from the Air Force Two pool sidled up to me and said, 'I really admire what you're doing,' as though I was marching from Selma."

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