Rabbi Daniel Lapin has an interesting insight into the journalists' braying obsession with the Dick Cheney shooting incident. Yes, yes the mostly liberal media has an adversarial relationship with this administration and yes, yes they were peeved that no one told them——instead of a hick Texas paper——instantly what occurred.
But, he speculates, there is also a culture gap between the journalists outdoor hobbies and Cheney's because to them
...skiing is well, normal, while hunting is alien.
Not only have most liberals never gone hunting, most don't even know anyone who goes hunting. In fact most wouldn't know a Browning A—Bolt long action Stalker from an office stapler. They simply cannot believe that someone who hunts actually made it to the White House. It reminds me of that New York matron talking to her friend in November 1984. Ronald Reagan had just won every state except his opponent's home state of Minnesota and she said, 'I can't believe that man won. I don't know a single soul who voted for him.'
Liberals regard people who own firearms and who go hunting as weird. Repeatedly telling the Cheney hunting story proves that Republicans are not fit to govern a civilized country. Liberal news media really believe that reminding Americans that they have a hunter for a vice president will bring a Democratic victory. . . .
A second reason why liberals sneer at hunting is that it takes place outside of the city. Back in November 2004, the most interesting red—blue election map was the one that reflected voting patterns, not by state but by county. It revealed that while Kerry won in most cities, George W. Bush owned the surrounding areas. Even Seattle, San Francisco, and New York City are surrounded by conservative country where worship is more important than entertainment. Yes, liberals tend to be city dwellers and they don't trust the people out there in Walmart country. In fact, they fear them as one always fears the unknown.
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