Saturday, June 25, 2005

Lies, Lies, Lies

This administration is fundamentally incapable of telling the American people the truth, no matter the subject. Their contempt for the truth always intersects with their contempt for the public.

The latest whopper surrounds the emergency medical treatment Cheney received in Vail, Colorado last evening. The AP reports the White House lie:

VAIL, Colo. (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney visited a renowned orthopedist Friday while in town for a forum held by a conservative think tank, his spokeswoman said.

Cheney met with Dr. Richard Steadman to evaluate an old football injury to his knee, Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride said.

Steadman focuses primarily on sports medicine, and his Steadman Hawkins Clinic has treated a number of famous athletes. In 2003, Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant was in Vail for knee surgery at the clinic when he was accused of raping a hotel worker.

Cheney was scheduled to attend the American Enterprise Institute World Forum, which was started in 1982 by former President Gerald Ford

Nice story, but it's a lie.

Cheney must be shitting his pants that Arianna Huffington happened to be in Vail last evening as well, and upon hearing that he'd been taken to an area hospital she immediately set to work investigating the circumstances of his illness.

I just landed at Vail airport, right next to the Vice President’s Gulfstream jet (actually, there were two Vice Presidential planes, not one... how much of an entourage does one VP need?). He’s here to speak at the World Forum at Beaver Creek, sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, and held, of course, behind closed doors. The guy sent to pick me up by the Vail Valley Institute (where I’m speaking) told me that he had seen the VP’s motorcade speed towards the local hospital. Being an intrepid HuffPost reporter, I asked him to take me straight there. Upon our arrival, we encountered a high level of security -- and a lot of zipped lips: “We cannot tell you anything,” “No comment,” “That information is not available...” But one hospital staffer, obviously not schooled in the secretive ways of Cheney, let it slip: “He’s no longer here”. And since you cannot “no longer” be someplace you’ve never been, we can deduce -- though not confirm -- that Cheney did, in fact, pay a visit to the local hospital. The reason? Over to you AP...

UPDATE: Cheney’s Health: What is the White House Hiding?

VAIL -- Why is the White House still insisting that the only health issue Vice President Cheney dealt with today is an old football injury to his knee, visiting renowned orthopedist Dr. Richard Steadman? At the Vail Valley Institute dinner tonight, I kept asking what those in the know here knew. Little by little, here is the story I pieced together: After the Secret Service secured the Vail Valley Medical Center, including the parking lot, the Vice President arrived under his own power and checked in at the orthopedic center under the name “Dr. Hoffman”. He was immediately whisked to the adjacent cardiac unit, suffering from what was described to me as “an angina attack”. The security was so high that a Secret Service agent wouldn’t let an ER nurse out of the bathroom that she had gone into just before the Veep arrived. “Get back in there,” the agent told her. Confounded, she called her husband on her cell phone, telling him “something big” was going on. And indeed it was… but you wouldn’t know it from the White House. It appears that not only doesn’t the public deserve to know what is really going on in Iraq (“last throes”?) we don’t deserve to know what is going on with our Vice President’s health.

When does the lying end with these thugs? Do they even care that there's a growing credibility gap in this administration, and such an obvious lie about Cheney's condition last night is something that the public, perhaps unable to immediately grasp the lies surrounding the war, can easily grasp and be deeply offended by?

Paging "Dr. Hoffman" - tell the fucking truth for a change. Respect the American people.


Blogger Flippy said...

Arianna is so awesome. I hated her when Michael was running for office, but when he came out, he seemed to set them both free.

Cheney is an idiot. How many people in the hospital know that he wasn't there for a scheduled appointment? Are they going to threaten them all with treason if they leak the truth out?

I hope they've let the ER nurse out of the bathroom she can continue to SAVE LIVES. I'm sure she was a huge danger to the Dick.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Stewing said...

Oh let's face it. Around 2001, Cheney had a young Central American man shot in the head in order to have his strong heart plucked out of his chest and inserted into Dick's. Every now and then, Dick's got to have it tweaked.

7:48 PM  

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