Monday, May 18, 2009

Bunker Busted?

Widgerson points to a FoxNews piece on a possible Biden gaffe and while it's certainly a possibility, I'd throw a little more scrutiny on the graph in the Fox piece that reads:
The bunker is believed to be the secure, undisclosed location former Vice President Dick Cheney remained under protection in secret after the 9/11 attacks.
I'd put good money that the source for that belief is Stephen Hayes who said as much in a post at the Weekly Standard. Unfortunately, his determination that the bunker is classified works kind of like this:
*** Dick Cheney and me are tight
*** Cheney never mentioned the bunker to me before
*** Ergo, it must be classified
I'm sorry, but that's comically weak logic, even coming from Cheney's hagiographer. If Hayes had a source that told him the bunker was classified, that would be another thing, but therein lies a conundrum: wouldn't Hayes be just as guilty as Biden for independently confirming the existence of said bunker? So either Hayes is giving his readers a wink and a nod by providing them with a weak rationale or he's passing speculation off as fact.

Whatever is going on here it goes to show the prestidigitation that can occur throughout the media's game of blogger telephone.

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