With all the really really important stuff happening in the world today, the first (and only) questions in today's press briefing had to do with 'why the hell was there a delay in informing us about Cheney's Hunting Incident?'
Ah, the good old 'people's right to know' with the additional 'IMMEDIATELY' tacked on. The Press is on a mission.
First, where is the 'Right to Know' in the constitution? It's not there. However, by logical extension, people in a democracy who decide what their government will do will certainly make better decisions when they are informed.
So just what would American citizens actually DO if they were informed a few hours earlier of the incident? I mean, really. And what if the first 'facts' that emerged were incomplete or untrue? What will citizens DO with the information.
(Like my Joe says, what is the public going to do if they learn that the Pershing missile can go xxxx kilometers? There is no public need to justify printing such information.)
It doesn't matter one whit whether we were informed on Saturday, Saturday night, or Sunday morning. Doesn't matter at all. And there is no principle involved other than the Press Corps feeling miffed and not in control. Such outrage. Not only are they angry about the delay, they're angry because a private citizen, the ranch owner on whose property the incident occurred and who was a witness was the first to inform the public through her local newspaper.
Such a travesty of justice! Not!
Get serious, you idiots in the press. There's a war on. A real one. Get back to work and do your job which is informing the public about things that matter. Things the public has to act on.