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Hunting Accident and the Elite Media

Charles Krauthammer:

Secrecy? This was hardly an affair of state. And it was hardly going to be kept secret. Arrogance? The media laying these charges are the same media that just last week unilaterally decided that the public’s right to know did not extend to seeing cartoons that had aroused half the world, burned a small part of it and deeply affected the American national interest. Having arrogated to themselves the judgment of what a free people should be allowed to see regarding an issue that is literally burning, they then go ballistic over a few hours’ delay in revealing an accident with only the most trivial connection to the nation’s interest or purpose.
I’d normally be given to disagree with Krauthammer on this score. Of course there was no grand plot to disguise the incident, and of course the media did not deserve to be the first to know. Yet, despite that, of course it is a story when the vice president, especially a pro-gun one, has a hunting accident and injures a friend. Now, if the media were fair, it would be a story of sadness and learning, not of fury, but a story nonetheless, and I would accept that.

But Krauthammer is exactly right. Mere days ago, the media did indeed make a unilateral decision: That our fragile souls could not handle the most newsworthy editorial scrawls in a century. They censored themselves and us, and now every detail of this minor and politically-insignificant accident is The Business of the People. Including veiled imputations of wrongdoing and feigned outrage at the timestamp of the press release—that’s The Business of the People. And how about that dinky hometown rag that was first informed of the accident? Everyone knows that news is not real unless an anonymous and disgruntled Langley resident meets a New York Times reporter in a Starbucks about it. What was the White House hiding by informing the local paper rather than the hunting-and-latte experts at the Washington Post? It’s The Business of the People to know! Color me unimpressed with this nannyism.

By the way, it was The Business of the People to know that there are evidently tens of thousands of angry zealots eager to kill any innocent westerner who draws a cartoon in violation of a series of obscure taboos and laws imposed on them unilaterally by a radical sect of the world’s second largest religion. That elite media must really know something we don’t to deem that unimportant and the hunting accident page one material.


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