Sunday, February 12, 2006

I'm not alone in asking about the VP

Posted, ever-so-recently, at the Chicago Tribune:
How is it that Vice President Cheney can shoot a man, albeit accidentally, on Saturday during a hunting trip and the American public not be informed of it until today?
Oh, this is going to be a good week, I can tell already.
The vice president is well-known for preferring to operate in secret. His official schedule is often not available to reporters. His "secure, undisclosed location" has become the stuff of parody. His critics have for years pointed to the controversial energy task force he chaired early in the administration's tenure, which included energy-industry representatives.

Some secrecy, especially when it comes to the executing the duties of president or vice president, is understandable and expected by Americans. But when the vice president's office, or the White House, delays in reporting a shooting like Saturday's to the public via the media, it needlessly raises suspicions and questions of trust. And it may just further the impression held by many, rightly or wrongly, that the White House doesn't place the highest premium on keeping the public fully and immediately informed.
Maybe they played it this way to take the heat off something else? A little "wag the dog" perhaps?

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