Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Heart & Pol
A flurry of non-corporate media speculation on the current condition of Vice President Cheney’s heart was kicked off last Friday by Arianna Huffington’s fortuitous presence at the Vail Valley Medical Center in Colorado.
Huffington, in Vail for a speaking engagement, noticed the VP’s Gulfstream upon landing at the Vail airport and, after a witness told her he “had seen the VP’s motorcade speed towards the local hospital”, the intrepid Arianna beat feet to the Medical Center where “we encountered a high level of security -- and a lot of zipped lips”.
Luckily, one loose-lipped Medical Center staffer told Arianna, “He’s [Cheney] no longer here”.
Corporate press disinformation countering Huffington’s eyewitness reporting had Cheney visiting an old doctor friend “to evaluate an old football injury to his knee”.
Without Arianna’s on-the-spot report, anyone even casually observing the Vice President’s recent television appearances had to notice Cheney’s grayer than normal pallor and the tiredness he unknowingly exhibited as he aided the Rove smear and attempted Iraq insurgency spin.
Huffington’s report, this morning, received a confirmation within the hallowed, though unlikely, journalistic confines of Lloyd Grove’s New York Daily News gossip column Lowdown:
A well-connected Lowdown spy told me that Cheney - whose knees were hurting from climbing stairs - received an EKG after medical personnel noted that his breathing was labored…The spy told me hospital records indicated that the veep, surrounded by heavy security, was logged in as "Dr. Hoffman" (the name of his physician in Washington) and stayed for 2 hours and 41 minutes.
This White House, addicted to spin like some Oxy-Contin-crazed radio personality, just cannot seem to speak truth.
The American people deserve to know the cardiac health status of the man one heartbeat away from the Presidency.
Image at Easy With Eyes Closed.