Comedy moves faster than network news. It’s the speed of laugh. Vice President Cheney took a shot at a lawyer, and cartoonists all over the country breathed a sigh of relief (and stopped working on Holocaust cartoons). What about comedians on TV? Instant comedy.
Unless you missed it, Vice President Dick Cheney made the news by shooting a lawyer on a hunting trip. The White House delayed an announcement of the news for a full day.
That’s about how long it took for the network TV comedy machines to come to life.
The Late Show with David Letterman – CBS
“Good news, ladies and gentlemen, we have finally located weapons of mass destruction: It’s Dick Cheney.”
“But here is the sad part—before the trip Donald Rumsfeld had denied the guy’s request for body armor.”
““We can’t get Bin Laden, but we nailed a 78-year-old attorney.”
“The guy who got gunned down, he is a Republican lawyer and a big Republican donor and fortunately the buck shot was deflected by wads of laundered cash. So he’s fine. He took a little in the wallet.”
“Good news, ladies and gentlemen, we have finally located weapons of mass destruction: It’s Dick Cheney.”The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – NBC
“Although it is beautiful here in California, the weather back East has been atrocious. There was so much snow in Washington, D.C., Dick Cheney accidentally shot a fat guy thinking it was a polar bear.”
“That’s the big story over the weekend. … Dick Cheney accidentally shot a fellow hunter, a 78-year-old lawyer. In fact, when people found out he shot a lawyer, his popularity is now at 92 percent.”
I think Cheney is starting to lose it. After he shot the guy he screamed, ‘Anyone else want to call domestic wire tapping illegal?’ “
“Dick Cheney is capitalizing on this for Valentine’s Day. It’s the new Dick Cheney cologne. It’s called Duck!”
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Comedy Central
The show’s segment titles included “Cheney’s Got a Gun,” “No. 2 With a Bullet” and “Dead-Eye Dick.”
“Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a man during a quail hunt … making 78-year-old Harry Whittington the first person shot by a sitting veep since Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, of course, (was) shot in a duel with Aaron Burr over issues of honor, integrity and political maneuvering. Whittington? Mistaken for a bird.”
“Now, this story certainly has its humorous aspects. … But it also raises a serious issue, one which I feel very strongly about. … Moms, dads, if you’re watching right now, I can’t emphasize this enough: Do not let your kids go on hunting trips with the vice president. I don’t care what kind of lucrative contracts they’re trying to land, or energy regulations they’re trying to get lifted—it’s just not worth it.”
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson – CBS
“He is a lawyer and he got shot in the face. But he’s a lawyer, he can use his other face. He’ll be all right.”
“You can understand why this lawyer fellow let his guard down, because if you’re out hunting with a politician, you think, ‘If I’m going to get it, it’s going to be in the back.’ “
“The big scandal apparently is that they didn’t release the news for 18 hours. I don’t think that’s a scandal at all. I’m quite pleased about that. Finally there’s a secret the vice president’s office can keep.”
“Apparently the reason they didn’t release the information right away is they said we had to get the facts right. That’s never stopped them in the past.”
You can’t make this stuff up. Fiction is dead.