Today's Frank Rich column on Dick Cheney's recent PR offensive is a must-read for two reasons. First, Rich offers some apt criticism of the way most of the media framed Cheney's efforts:
The déjà vu in the news media was more chilling. Rather than vet the
substance of Cheney’s fulmination, talking heads instead hyped the
split-screen “dueling speeches” gimmick of the back-to-back
Right now, the Bush/Cheney administration leads the Obama/Biden administration, 1-0, in catastrophic terrorist attacks allowed while in power.
You'd never know that, though, from Dick Cheney's self-congratulatory boasting about how safe he and the ex-prez kept the country.
Over at Slate, Fred Kaplan makes an excellent case that conservative ire over Barack Obama's visit with Hugo Chavez is misplaced. Here's the core of Kaplan's argument:
The shockwaves over the handshake might best be explained as a hangover
from the long years of George W. Bush's presidency, when dealings with
those who disliked us were expressly forbidden, out of a vague fear
that such contact might debilitate us or legitimize them.