Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dick Cheney: The Man Behind The Legend

When I was studying Web Design at the Art Institute of Washington, one of the interactive works being touted for its excellence was a glowing tribute to Che Guevera. When I stated some concern about enabling the glorification of a mass murderer, I got a lot of flack from my professor, with the words "CIA" sprinkled in here and there (as if we should have sent in the Girl Scouts to finish the job, I imagine). Had I stayed another year, I would have submitted a similar tribute to this man -- not because I agree with him on everything (his apparent moral justification of torture, for instance), but simply to mess with the heads of those poseurs masquerading as a forum of academia.

And from what Matt Latimer writes for The Daily Beast, it would have served them right.

Over the past decade, Cheney's public relations have been the political equivalent of the Hindenburg crashing into the Titanic while passengers watched a Detroit Lions game. What especially rankles those who have watched the creation of his Dr. Evil caricature is that so little of it is actually true.

Now, pay attention, kiddies, to the word ...


This is one of those grownup words we use to explain things better. It has a specific meaning, as opposed to just changing the meaning anytime we want because we don't like the real one. Here it is:

In literature, a caricature is a description of a person using exaggeration of some characteristics and oversimplification of others.

There is something wrong with how the media reports the news, and that's why MSNBC's ratings are in the toilet. The average Joe may not be a card-carrying member of the Tea Party movement, but he can still claim the ability to think for himself, and would ask for little more, than that some cake-eater in an empty suit just tell him what happened that day.

As if that's too much to ask, don't you think?

Or don't you?

UPDATE: Since Cheney shot him in a hunting accident, Harry Whittington's "aim" has been to move on.

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