Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Today on Fresh Air

The executive producer of The Daily Show was interviewed today on Fresh Air. I was very interested to hear the story on how they framed their coverage on the Dick Cheney shooting down here in Texas. I didn't know this, but it appears Cheney went on what's called a "canned hunt". Apparently it's where you go to a ranch that raises birds to be hunted. You pay for them up front and even ride in the same truck with them when you go out to the range. Then some guy releases them pretty much right in front of you as you pick them off.

I've heard of big game safari operations that import exotic animals for the wealthy to kill without having to go to those nasty, developing countries, but never anything quite like this. For fifteen dollars you can buy a bird that you could kill for free if you wanted to. Quail and Pheasants are everywhere down here!

Anyway, this is my first contribution to Granite Rock Sound, and although it's not much, I'll try to bring some good things to the table very soon.


Blogger Steve said...

Holy crap go watch Nate Corddry from TDS on a canned hunt in Bye Bye Birdie. You'll laugh and cry at the same time. When the guide had to go to the shrub and physically kick the bird to make it fly so it could be shot, I just about lost it. As a hunter and fisherman, I have NO idea who would consider this a sport. The bird might as well have still be in the cage.

If you're interested, Firedoglake has the info on a canned hunt Cheney went on when he shot 70 pheasants and an unknown number of mallard ducks. 70 pheasant! I've been to skeet shoots and haven't shot 70 skeet let alone actual birds!

Thu Apr 06, 10:08:00 PM 2006  

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