BRENKMAN WEIGHS IN ON CHENEY, HUNTING AND TRUTH-TELLING
Just about every columnist and editorial writer in the country seems to have found material, comic or sobering, in Vice-President Cheney’s Texas hunting mishap. John Brenkman, a Distinguished Professor of English in Baruch's Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, joins the chorus of opinions and interpretations with an Op-Ed in the Feb. 17, 2006 edition of the Chicago Tribune. In “Lessons on Hunting and Truth-Telling,” Brenkman steers clear of Letterman-style humor in favor of a sobering assessment of the VP’s actions and words. His critique of how the shooting incident was handled reverberates well beyond the Texas hunting ground. Brenkman, who is also director of the U.S.-Europe seminar at Baruch, invokes his grandfather, an impoverished coal miner and hunter, as well as the great German social thinker Max Weber, to reflect on the nature of responsibility in the Bush-Cheney administration and beyond.