Thursday, April 13, 2006

Pitching Cheney....

What's a Vice Lying-Rat-Bastard-in-Chief to do when, as Bob Harris notes, he's seven points less popular than the public beating of children and nearly half as popular as OJ Simpson?

Well, some bright PR strategist had an idea -- what's more American than baseball, right? (the apple pie angle's out, having already been done)

So following in the pawprints of his simian majesty, the Dick got all gussied up and waddled out to throw the first pitch of the season at a Washington Nationals baseball game.

But when one is richer than God, it just gets harder and harder to quietly slum among the commoners -- especially when one's money is soaked in the blood of American soldiers.

Thus, as the best-laid plans of chimps and men are occasionally apt to do, things went slightly awry: the White House correspondent pool reported that Cheney "stepped out onto the field dressed in khakis and a Nats bomber jacket to the sound of thunderous boos and catcalls."

However, among the privileges American royalty pays for is a compliant press: Fock Snooze handily edited out portions of the background noise and had an announcer speaking over the segment, while the Post's David Nakumura outright manipulated the story:

"The first pitch of the Washington Nationals' second season at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium was low and away, bouncing in the dirt before being scooped up by catcher Brian Schneider.

"For that, Vice President Cheney received a round of boos from the home crowd this afternoon. But the catcalls didn't last long before the fans cheered for the Nationals, who took the field in their white uniforms with red trim against the New York Mets."

A number of online bloggers cried foul, forcing the Post to rephrase the story, marginally improving it, though still leaving the impression that the crowd was reacting to Cheney's inability to throw a baseball:

"Vice President Cheney threw out the ceremonial first pitch, a right-handed toss that bounced in the dirt to the outside of the plate before being scooped up by catcher Brian Schneider. Cheney, booed by some as he walked to the mound, got even more catcalls after his throw -- a far cry from President Bush's fastball at last year's home opener."

What's amazing is that this is contradicted by the Post's own Reliable Source column which reports Cheney "drew boisterous boos from the moment he stepped on the field until he jogged off."

As more and more folks are making their voices heard, it's going to get harder and harder for team Bush to stay in the game. Is your voice among the growing chorus?

Quote of the Day:
" king, don't place upon the common ground the foot
which stamped out Troy."
-- Aeschylus, Agamemnon

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