Sometimes, in the media, it’s just too late for a person. Take these examples from recent history, for instance:
Levi Johnston wants the media to know that he’s a responsible, abstinent young man because he hasn’t gotten any girls pregnant since he knocked up Governor Palin’s daughter last year.
Mike Tyson wants the media to know that he’s a good sport because he hasn’t bitten anyone since he tried to gnaw off Evander Holyfield’s ear in front of millions.
Mel Gibson wants the media to know that he’s not an anti-Semite because he hasn’t called anyone a "fucking Jew" since 2006.
John Edwards wants the media to know he’s a good husband because he hasn’t cheated on Elizabeth since that whole Rielle Hunter/illiegitimate-baby/National Enquirer thing.
Mark Foley wants the media to know that he’s safe around high-schoolers because he hasn’t asked a kid "what he wants for his birthday" or "how big his penis is" since the big scandal a few years ago.
There’s only one person I can think of, however, who might be on the verge of actually pulling something like this off--that is, if we let him.
Dick Cheney wants the media to know that he’s an expert at keeping the nation safe because there haven’t been any attacks on America since the ones on 9/11--which were the deadliest and most catastrophic terrorist attacks ever perpetrated under any presidential administration’s watch in the 233-year history of the United States. Said Cheney:
"The bottom line is we successfully defended the nation for seven and a half years against a follow-on attack to 9/11. That was a remarkable achievement," he told FOX News.
A remarkable achievement? Mr. Cheney can spin it all he wants. But it’s too late. The whole world knows his term was eight full years. We know he failed to protect America. And we all know what happened on his watch. Or at least we should. Especially the media.